National Director of Communications, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
Chris Davies joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited in April 2003 as the Director of External Communication. In this role, Chris oversaw all media relations, marketing public relations and crisis communications. Corporate Social Responsibility, McDonald’s public website, www.mcdonalds.ca, and all PR activities surrounding Ronald McDonald House Charities also fell under her direction. Chris then led the Internal Communication function overseeing management communications, system communications, online communications, meetings & events, and key employee communication initiatives. Currently, she is the National Director of Communication overseeing both disciplines.
Chris has a passion for furthering the role of women in business. She is a founding member of McDonald’s Canada’s Women’s Leadership Network and currently sits on the Steering Committee as Secretary.
Prior to joining McDonald’s Canada, Chris was the Director of Communications for priszm brandz, Canada’s largest franchisee of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Before that, Chris was Vice President at Weber Shandwick Worldwide in Toronto. Here she led the McDonald’s PR account for three years, while also managing Canadian Tire Corporation, Bayer Canada Consumer Products, Star Choice Communications and the Port Wine Institute accounts. Chris started her communications career behind the wheel of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, as a goodwill ambassador for the company.
Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Masters Degree in Organizational Communications from the same institution. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Huw, and children, Bryn and Evan.