Co-Founder & CEO
Jason invests in real estate, technology and retail start-ups that are targeted toward impacting society in a meaningful way. He has created, packaged, and sold both traditional brick and mortar businesses, as well as web based technology and telecommunication companies. His experience investing in, and selling companies spans both private and public markets.
With a passion for food and beverage, and an extensive background in running intricate businesses, moving into the foodservice industry seemed to be the most natural progression for his career. The creation of Equal Parts Hospitality has allowed Jason to continue to do what he loves alongside a team of dedicated individuals who all strive towards the same goal. Jason’s hope is to continue growing both the culinary scene in a city that he loves, as well as to provide more employment opportunities with each passing year.
Jerrett graduated from UofG with a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in Hospitality Management (graduating class of 2000). Upon graduation, Jerrett joined top Canadian restaurant organization Oliver & Bonacini. During his 14-year tenure, as the Vice President of Operations he helped the O&B team navigate through a period of intense growth and innovation.
Jerrett spends much of his time between Hamilton and Toronto but travels frequently to Washington DC, where his husband of 10 years resides. He has the best of both worlds, as Southern Ontario and DC are rich in diversity, have incredible galleries, theatres and museums, and of course world-class food and beverage scenes - which will always be a big part of his life.
Director of Culinary Operations
After moving to Toronto to attend George Brown College for Culinary Management, John worked in several restaurants before spending nearly 5 years at Oliver & Bonacini’s Canoe Restaurant. While Sous Chef at Canoe, he began to realise the importance of not only the finished dish, but also who produces and prepares the food that goes onto that plate.
After growing up in Georgetown, living and working in Toronto, and spending several months working overseas in London England, John has finally settled into the wonderful city of Hamilton where he lives downtown with his wife.``
At Equal Parts Hospitality, we all come to work everyday because we love what we do. Not only do we have a passion for hospitality, great cuisine, and excellent food service, but we also have a deep affection for the city of Hamilton. Being able to contribute to the blossoming growth of this beautiful city really pushes us to be our best selves each and everyday.
We understand the importance of cultivating a diverse and dynamic landscape – this priority is why we work so hard to make each team member feel valued. Our goal is to empower each employee to grow within the company by providing them with the tools and resources they need in order to be successful.
Jerrett Young and Jason Cassis are Co-Founders & CEO’s splitting their focus on guest experience, company and community culture, as well as conceptualizing, designing, building and managing hospitality assets. Equal Parts oversees over 200 employees with an additional 90 employees being added in 2018.
Whether it’s food, beverage, hospitality, events, activities, or staff, our overall goal is to deliver the best experience possible. With an industry that is constantly evolving, we are excited to help shape this field we all care about so much.
We are deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We aspire to build a team as diverse as the communities we serve and the menus we curate, because we believe that our differences make us stronger as a team, and help us to foster welcoming spaces where people feel they belong. We treat one another with the utmost respect and consideration, whether with team members or our guests, we strive to listen, withhold assumptions, communicate and act as inclusively as possible. As an employer, we are also committed to ensuring fairness in how our team members experience our workplace, including how they are paid, scheduled and their opportunities for development.
We are also united in our commitment to our community, and are continuously inspired by the blossoming growth of the City of Hamilton, which pushes us to be our best selves each and every day. Whether it’s food, beverage, hospitality, events, activities, or staff, our overall goal is to deliver the best, most welcoming experience possible.
CANADIAN CENTRE FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:
Diversity & Inclusion Fundamentals
Inclusive Leadership for an Anti-Racist Workplace
Safe Space for Dialogue – Encouraging Authenticity in the Workplace
Addressing BLM in the Workplace
JOB CONCEPTS DESIGN INC.:
Supervise, Motivate, and Lead Others
THE GORDON S. LANG SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS:
Sustainable Foodservice Professional Course
THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH/CORNELL:
Hospitality Leadership Certificate
ABERDEEN TAVERN SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
THE DIPLOMAT SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
THE FRENCH SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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