About Canadian Restaurant News
Publisher Steven Isherwood launched Ontario Restaurant News in 1986—the first of Ishcom's business-to-business publications offering national coverage with a regional focus on the news important to the restaurant and foodservice industry.
Covering the province from Kenora to Cornwall, it quickly developed a reputation for leadership, winning support and awards from major provincial associations.
Ishcom now has three restaurant industry publications, adding the bi-monthly Pacific/Prairie Restaurant News in 1995 for Canada’s fastest growing market and Atlantic Restaurant News, covering a unique market with its own trends and a history of innovative hospitality, four years later.
In March 2004, Ishcom added a fourth magazine, Canadian Lodging News, to its hospitality industry lineup to serve the accommodation sector.
Ishcom also offers regional directories of key hospitality industry chains, both online and in print format, plus a custom publishing division.
Ishcom prides itself on providing essential news for the foodservice industry. Whether providing event coverage or comprehensive reporting, the Restaurant News editorial team engages with all aspects of the industry. From coast to coast, we give our readers the information they need to help them succeed.
About our staff:
Steven Isherwood, publisher and owner, founded Ishcom Publications in 1986. A graduate of Carleton University Journalism, he has worked on business-to-business publications for more than 30 years, honing his management and sales expertise along the way. Steven is involved with many industry associations, and has received awards from the Ontario Hostelry Institute, Ontario Accommodation Association and Toronto Escoffier Society.
Colleen Isherwood, senior editor of Ishcom's Restaurant News publications, has been editor of Canadian Lodging News since 2006. A graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism, she has more than 20 years of writing, editing and project management experience. Before becoming editor of Canadian Lodging News, she was Pacific/Prairie Restaurant News editor for seven years.
Kristen Smith, managing editor, joined Ishcom Publications in March 2013 with a background in community news. She spent two years in Simcoe County as a general assignment and multimedia reporter. Kristen has a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Humber College and a BA from the University of Toronto.