Ryan Smolkin is the Founder and Chief Executive Office of Smoke’s Poutinerie. As a student, Smolkin established several successful business ventures including a portfolio of rental property investments, which he built to over $4 million in assets before selling off all properties in 2004. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1995, Smolkin established AmoebaCorp, an internationally-recognized Graphic Design and Branding company with clients including Nike, Molson, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Corus Entertainment, YTV, Sims Snowboards and Nelvana. Smolkin’s primary goal has always been to bring Canada’s National Iconic dish to the rest of the world in an original and unique way, and to ultimately achieve GLOBAL DOMINATION! With Smolkin at the helm of Smoke’s Poutinerie, the franchise has been growing at an astoundingly fast pace. Currently, The World’s Largest & Original Poutinerie has over 150 stores across North America, and Smolkin is working to achieve his goal to open 1300 restaurants in the next 5 years. Smolkin and his team have been primarily focused on expansion into the US and International Markets.
Strategic Brand Building through Entertainment
Smolkin will walk guests through a day in the life of Smoke’s Poutinerie and what it takes to build a global brand. He’ll also talk about the journey into franchising as well as the challenges faced and outcomes.