Reframing and Innovating Through the Pandemic: The Story of the Canlis Brothers
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST

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Canlis is a historic fine-dining restaurant that has served New American cuisine in Seattle, Washington since 1950. Based on the Canlis family’s innovative mindset, Canlis has become one of the most award-winning restaurants in the greater Pacific Northwest, known for its outstanding hospitality, service, and food. (Canlis Chef Brady Williams won the James Beard Award in 2019.) As third-generation owners of this family business, Mark ‘97 and Brian ’01 Canlis have strengthened the restaurant’s legacy and community connections and reframed the restaurant industry’s human resource model of investing in the aspirational career goals of its employees. During the global pandemic, the brothers have found inspirational new ways to innovate and meaningfully support their community in ways that support their business model.

This event is brought to you by Alumni Affairs and Development and the Centers & Institutes at the School of Hotel Administration.


  • The strategic advantage of Canlis's unorthodox mission
  • What it takes to stay on the creative edge
  • The one essential rule to company culture
  • How Canlis launched 11 business models in nine months, raised a quarter of a million dollars for charity, and kept their team employed during a pandemic that ravaged the restaurant industry
  • Insights into the future of dining in a post-vaccine world