Senior Vice-President, Communications & Corporate Affairs, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
Richard Ellis re-joined McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited as Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, in September 2008 following a number of years serving as Vice President, Communications at McDonald's USA, LLC in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Prior to joining McDonald's USA, Ellis held the position of Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs at McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited from 2003-2005.
Ellis was appointed President, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada (RMHC) in November of 2008.
Prior to joining the McDonald's organization, Richard was President & Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick Worldwide (Canada) Inc., Canada's leading national public relations consultancy.
While at Weber Shandwick, Ellis managed the firm's business operations across Canada and applied his strategic public relations, issues / crisis management and marketing communications expertise to a wide variety of leading Canadian and international clients.
communications career more than twenty years ago as Community Relations Officer at Ontario Hydro
in Toronto, Canada.
Following his time with Ontario Hydro, Richard was Director of Communications at General Mills Restaurants (Canada) Limited and Vice President at Marshall Fenn Communications.
A native of Toronto, Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (Chicago, IL), The Toronto Santa Claus Parade and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
He is an accredited member of both the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and holds numerous, ongoing volunteer positions.
Richard is also an active member of McDonald's Global Communications Council and Worldwide Corporate Relations Council.
Ellis graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Urban Development.