A Note to Founders

Why did I start a franchise consulting company? 

I created the Franchise GrowthLab because I have been that franchise founder who felt the weight of the world on his shoulders as my company grew and scaled from start-up to one of the largest franchise brands in Canada.

I do this because I’ve spent too many nights feeling sick to my stomach trying to figure out my plan A, B, and C in case plan A did not work.

I want to help other franchisor founders because I’ve pulled my family along with my  dream and they helped me all along the way.

I do what I do because I have now come out the other side, successfully scaling a franchise system across multiple countries and into the 100’s of units, then successfully exiting and being nicely rewarded for doing so.

I have been where you are now, and I know all too well the struggles you face on a daily basis.

So why do I work? I no longer need the money. (That’s what happens when you scale your business successfully). I could have retired long ago. But:

I LOVE franchising. I LOVE designing and creating something new.

I LOVE working with founders, who have a unique idea and a vision for their company, and want nothing more than to scale that vision across the country. Most of all, I keep working to help franchisors because I am a franchise entrepreneur who simply wants to see more Canadian franchise success stories.


If you are ready for some experienced help, please meet our team. We have assembled one of the best and most fun teams in franchising, not only in Canada, but the world. This group helped me build my last company into a powerful force; a movement that swept across the country, becoming one of the fastest-growing franchise systems in the past 20 years.

What allowed us to grow so fast were the systems we created and the team’s depth of experience, smarts and most of all our heart. Our company was named Profit Magazine’s Smartest Company in Canada and won Waterstones #1 Top Culture in Canada award. Now we are bringing all of that wisdom and experience to you.

Let me introduce you to the top (and kindest) team in franchising in the Country.


John DeHart
Founder & Chief Strategist
Past Chair of the Canadian Franchise Association

The 10 Habits of Best in Class Franchisors

The Only Framework You Need To Scale Your Franchise System

John built one of the fastest growing and best operated franchise systems in the country before he exited in 2019 by being highly disciplined in using Verne Harnish’s Rockefeller Habits checklist. Through his experience and his learnings from other best in class franchisors, he adapted this list specifically for the franchise industry.


The Top 10 Habits checklist provides the 10 most important functions that should be on autopilot for your franchise business to grow and scale predictably and smoothly.