Paul D. HouseExecutive Chairman, CEO & President
Paul D. House accepted the position of Executive Chairman in March 2008, allowing him to focus on corporate strategy, franchisee relations and Board leadership. Mr. House also sits on the Board of Directors for the Tim Horton Children's Foundation.
Mr. House joined Tim Hortons in 1985 as Vice-President of Marketing. At that time, there were just over 200 Tim Hortons locations. Two years later, he became Senior Vice-President of Operations and in 1990, he was appointed to Executive Vice-President of Operations. In January of 1993, Mr. House was named Chief Operating Officer of TDL, and then President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995.
In 2006, Mr. House became Chief Executive Officer and President and in February 2007 was appointed Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership, The TDL Group Corp. and the Tim Hortons chain have achieved outstanding growth and success. Tim Hortons has emerged as an industry leader by expanding its menu choices, transforming restaurant designs and introducing Always Fresh baking. Throughout this evolution, the chain has retained its community roots and commitment to friendly service, fresh product and great value.
Mr. House graduated with a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University in 1969. Shortly thereafter, he managed a franchise for Shell Oil Company in Hamilton. Sparked by his passion for business and his roots in the food business, he joined Dairy Queen Canada Inc. as a District Manager in 1972. Although his original goal was to be a franchisee, Mr. House climbed the corporate ladder at Dairy Queen and became Director of Purchasing and Vice-President of Canadian Operations.
Mr. House was born on a farm in Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1944. He began his work in the food and service business at an early age, marketing the family farm's fruits and vegetables at the Hamilton Farmer's Market. Throughout his formative years, he and his brother Bob maintained this connection by working and managing peach farms along the Niagara Peninsula.
Mr. House resides in the Hamilton area, enjoys regular hunting and fishing expeditions and time at his cottage on Lake Erie with his two children and grandchildren.