Tim Hortons is a Restaurant Brands International Inc. company. Please visit the Restaurant Brands International website for a full listing of its Board of Directors and Executive Team.
Elías Díaz Sesé, 41, was appointed President, Tim Hortons on December 15, 2014. From January 2012 to December 2014, he was the president of BK AsiaPac, Pte. Ltd. located in Singapore. From August 2011 to December 2011, he was a Senior Vice President Continental Europe for Burger King Europe GmbH located in Zug, Switzerland. Between January 2011 and August 2011, Mr. Díaz Sesé served as a Vice President Franchise and Emerging Markets for Burger King Europe GmbH. From August 2008 to December 2010, he served as General Manager for Burger King’s operations in Spain and Portugal.
David F. Clanachan was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, TIM HORTONS® Canada in December 2014. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer, Tim Hortons.
David joined Tim Hortons in 1992 and held various positions in the Operations Department including Vice President, Operations – Western Ontario and Executive Vice President, Training, Operations Standards and Research & Development. In March 2008, Mr. Clanachan was appointed Chief Operations Officer, United States and International where he was accountable for U.S. and International restaurant operations, development and growth strategy.
At the age of 14, Mr. Clanachan took interest in Tim Hortons and worked at restaurant level in guest service. He eventually went on to manage multiple restaurants while attending the University of Windsor.
He is a member of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Policy Advisory Board at the University of Guelph – School of Hospitality and Tourism.
Mr. Clanachan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.
Mr. Athayde was appointed President, Tim Hortons U.S.A., effective December 1, 2015, after joining the organization in December 2014 as Executive Vice President, US Development, Tim Hortons. Mr. Athayde served as Vice President, US Franchise Operations, Burger King West Division between April 2013 and December 2014. Mr. Athayde joined Burger King Corporation in July 2011 as Senior Manager, Performance Analysis, later having served as Senior Manager, Marketing Calendar Planning, and Director, Field Marketing, West Division.
Prior to joining Burger King Corporation, Mr. Athayde worked as a bond trader for multiple financial institutions in the United States and Singapore, and as Business Leader, Strategy, Latin America for Visa Inc. in Miami, FL.
Mr. Athayde received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL in 2010, and his BSc. from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil in 2000.
Mr. Siddiqui was appointed as Executive Vice President of Finance, Tim Hortons, Inc. in December 2014. From July 2013 to December 2014, he served in various capacities within the Global Finance Group of Burger King Corporation. Mr. Siddiqui was most recently Treasurer of Burger King Corporation and also served as the Head of Investor Relations and Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to joining Burger King Corporation, Mr. Siddiqui worked in the Corporate Private Equity group at The Blackstone Group, an investment firm located in New York, NY. Mr. Siddiqui received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2013 and his BSc in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 2007.
Tammy was appointed Executive Vice President, Retail for Tim Hortons on December 1, 2015, after joining the organization in January 2014 as Vice President of Food and Merchandise, and being appointed to Senior Vice President, Retail for Tim Hortons in December 2014.
In this role Tammy leads strategic planning and new business development for Tim Hortons retail products globally. She directs all aspects of the retail operation from leading an integrated team to driving business objectives while maintaining integrity of the Tim Hortons brand. Previously, Tammy was responsible for providing strategic direction for short and long-term sales growth for the prepared food and merchandise categories in Canada and the US.
Prior to joining Tim Hortons, Tammy was with General Mills for 17 years in the Canadian and US headquarters, working on several brands including Cheerios, Yoplait, Green Giant & Pillsbury to name a few.
Tammy has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from York University's Schulich School of Business.
She resides in Oakville with her husband Sean and her 2 sons (Devan 4-1/2 and Jaxon 2-1/2).
Jessica was appointed Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary for Tim Hortons in July 2015, serving as both the company’s Chief Legal Officer and Chief Crisis Officer. Jessica joined Tim Hortons in June 2013 and, since that time, has held positions of progressively senior responsibility - most recently as Associate General Counsel for the company’s Canadian line of business. In her current role, Jessica reports to the General Counsel and Secretary for Restaurant Brands International Inc.
During her tenure with Tim Hortons, Jessica has played a key role in the company’s transition to a franchisee-led development model, as well as leading and supporting other significant company initiatives and developments. Prior to joining Tim Hortons, Jessica was in private practice at a leading national law firm in Vancouver, British Columbia and a private law firm in the Yukon Territory.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta (1998) and Bachelor of Laws degree (Juris Doctor degree, 2003) from the University of British Columbia and has been called to the bars of the Yukon Territory (inactive), British Columbia (active), Alberta (active) and Ontario (active).
Johanne was appointed to the position of Vice President Human Resources, Tim Hortons in December 2014, where she leads human resources programs across all corporate and operational teams globally. In this role she oversees the strategic direction, planning, and execution of Tim Hortons employee management initiatives to help drive business results.
Preceding this role, Johanne served as Director, Human Resources – Corporate for Tim Hortons from 2012 onwards. She joined Tim Hortons in 2006 and held various positions in the Human Resources Department including Sr. Manager Human Resources Corporate and various HR Business Partner roles collaborating with Brand Marketing, Regional Marketing, Research & Development, Supply Chain Operations, Finance, IT, and Legal.
Her previous experience includes a 15-year career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where she supported radio and television in an HR management role.
A native of Montreal, Johanne moved to Ontario to pursue her university education, landing a job in Human Resources while still attending school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.
Johanne has been married for 22 years and lives in Oakville with her husband and two teenagers.
Tim Horton was born in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada on January 12, 1930. He was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1949 and performed as one of the steadiest defensemen on the blueline throughout his 22 years in the National Hockey League. He played in 1,446 regular season games, scoring 115 goals and 403 assists for a total of 518 points.
He played 17 full seasons and 3 partial seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He served a short stint with the New York Rangers before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. His final years in hockey were with the Buffalo Sabres, where he played a major role in developing the team’s younger players.
Tim Horton played on four Stanley Cup teams, was an All-Star player six times, and was honoured in 1969 with the J.P. Bickell Memorial Cup in recognition of his outstanding service to the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. George Armstrong says of Tim, “No finer person, teammate or hockey player ever lived.” In Bobby Hull’s words, “Few players brought more dedication or honour to the game. He was my idea of a pro.”
One of the most heartfelt tributes came from Punch Imlach, then of the Buffalo Sabres. Tim played for Imlach in Toronto during the glory years of the 1960’s, and when Buffalo had a chance to pick him up, Imlach didn’t hesitate. “I know he was the backbone of our team in Buffalo”, said Imlach. “(His death) was a terrible loss, not only to his family and the team, but to the game of hockey.”
Gordie Howe has called Tim Horton hockey’s strongest man. In a fight, Horton was known to edge into the melee and “grab a couple” of players to help keep the peace. But despite his legendary strength, he was not a proponent of violence on the ice. Some claim Tim invented the slap shot, and he could always be counted on to get the puck out of his own end of the ice with his “heads up” skating style.
Outside the rink, Tim was just as sharp. He realized that his hockey career would not last forever and sought to find a clever way to add to his hockey salary. After many summers of hustling to make an off-season living, Tim decided to try his luck in the coffee and donut business. The first Tim Hortons franchise opened in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 1967, with three restaurants in operation, Tim became full partners with former police officer and franchisee of Tim Hortons Restaurant #1, Ron Joyce. Since then, Tim’s signature has become a prominent fixture in the Canadian landscape with growing visibility in the United States.
Sadly, Tim did not live to witness the chain’s great success. He was traveling back to Buffalo from a game at Maple Leaf Gardens when he was killed in an automobile accident on February 21, 1974. The Buffalo Sabres retired his Number 2 as a tribute to his memory. At the time of Tim’s death, there were 40 Tim Hortons restaurants.
Tim Horton always considered his good fortune in the proper perspective. He was modestly confident about his abilities, was approachable, generous and considerate. His memory will always be held dear by family, friends, players and business associates alike.
Ron Joyce was born in 1930 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. In 1951, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy where he specialized in the Communications field. His tour of duty took him around the world, serving off the coast of Korea and Japan in 1954-55. In 1956, Mr. Joyce moved to Hamilton, Ontario and took up a full-time career with the Hamilton Police force. In 1965, his entrepreneurial spirit had come to the fore and he took over the fledgling Tim Horton Donut Shop on Ottawa Street in Hamilton. By 1967, after he had opened up two more restaurants, he and Tim Horton became full partners in the business.
Upon Tim Horton’s death in an automobile accident in February of 1974, Mr. Joyce purchased Tim’s shares from Tim’s wife and took over as sole owner of the chain, which then consisted of 40 restaurants.
Shortly after Tim Horton’s death, Mr. Joyce was instrumental in setting up the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, created in line with Tim Horton’s love of children and desire to help those less fortunate. The Foundation, which is a non-profit, charitable organization, operates camps for economically disadvantaged children from communities in which Tim Hortons restaurants operate.
In 1989, Mr. Joyce was honored for his success in the foodservice industry by being made a Fellow of the Hostelry Institute. He was selected as the recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute Gold Award as Chain Restaurant Operator of 1992. Mr. Joyce also served as the 1992 Honorary Chairman of the Ireland Fund, an organization which assists in setting up educational and community programs to promote and foster peace and harmony within all parts of Ireland.
Mr. Joyce’s dedication and commitment to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation earned him the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award in 1991, presented periodically in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the betterment of community life throughout Canada. In recognition primarily for his work with the Foundation, he received an appointment to the Order of Canada, with the official presentation taking place on October 21, 1992 in Ottawa.
In May 1993, Mr. Joyce proudly accepted an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1994, he received the McGill University Management Achievement Award. He also holds honorary degrees from Mount Allison University and McMaster University. In November 1996, Mr. Joyce became only the second person to ever receive the Canadian Franchise Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In April 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, alongside other well-known Canadian business moguls and in October of the same year, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year® for Ontario and Canada.
In June 2005, Mr. Joyce generously donated $10 million towards the construction of a new sports stadium at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. In November 2005, Mr. Joyce was honored as the 2005 Humanitarian Award Recipient by the Canadian Red Cross, Nova Scotia Region for his work with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and for his continued support of education and health organizations across the world. Today, Mr. Joyce serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors of Sobey’s and Shaw Communications.
The father of six sons and one daughter, Mr. Joyce resides in Calgary, Alberta, and enjoys flying, golfing, sailing and fishing.