|George Cohon, founder of McDonald's Canada. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)
TORONTO — In his first public appearance since the end of his unsuccessful weight-loss campaign, Mayor Rob Ford will present the founder of McDonald's Canada with a key to the city.
George A. Cohon will be Ford's first recipient of the honour.
According to the mayor's office, Ford selected Cohon himself, and the City Hall ceremony Thursday will honour the Toronto resident's "extraordinary civic contributions."
Born in the U.S., Cohon became a Canadian citizen in the mid-'70s.
Beyond the business world, he is also known for his charity work and is the founder of Ronald McDonald House charities in both Canada and Russia. Cohon is also founder of McDonald's Russia.
He has been awarded the Order of Ontario and is an officer in the Order of Canada. Cohon has also been awarded Russia's Order of Friendship and the Israeli Prime Minister's Medal.
On Monday, Ford twisted his ankle when he stepped off the scale for his final weigh-in as part of his Cut the Waist challenge.
Beyond the mild injury, the five-month weight-loss campaign didn't end well for Ford — he ended up losing only 17 pounds of his 50-pound goal.