Joel Levesque, Vice-President and General Counsel of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited, joined the Company in 1998.
Joel is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Western Ontario. Upon graduation from Wilfrid Laurier University, he worked in sales management positions in the soft drink industry. Joel then attended the University Of Western Ontario Law School, and upon graduation worked in private practice as a labour and employment lawyer.
In 1998, Joel joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited as our first Employment Counsel. In 2002, Joel added Privacy Manager to his title when he assumed the added responsibility of developing, implementing and managing McDonald’s privacy program. Joel was promoted to the position of General Counsel in 2005. Joel took on the added responsibility for overseeing the National Franchising Department in 2007 in his capacity as Senior Director of Franchising and General Counsel. Joel was promoted to Legal Officer in 2011 and was promoted to Vice-President in 2012. His outstanding contributions to the Canadian System have been recognized many times over the years, including winning the President’s Award in 2002.
Joel is an avid sports fan and supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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