“Canadians can play on the world stage just like anyone else.” So says Peter Beresford, senior vice-president for global brand development at the world’s No. 1 fast-food chain, McDonald’s Corp. He should know.
Beresford is one of the many Canadian managers we found as we scoured the world for homegrown “global leaders.” He’s been to Russia, Japan, the United Kingdom and, now, he is at McDonald’s U.S. headquarters, mentoring the next generation of managers.
This is the second time we’ve looked for Canadians who rank among the cream of the crop among global executives. With a reputation for combining North American-style business smarts with sensitivity toward cultural diversity and language differences, Canadians are one hot commodity.