Meet The


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Yazan El-Shalabi

Co-Founder / CEO

Yazan is continuously evolving the business and creating growth opportunities for investors in the communities across Canada. He is active in all components of the business, from menu design, to site location and daily operations.

As a recent college graduate, Yazan began work immediately in his field of construction management. After several years of work, his interests shifted completely. Yazan opened the first Shelby’s restaurant in 2015 and now works closely with entrepreneurs to run a successful Shelby’s franchise.

Yazan enjoys participating in soccer and assisting communities in need. He took it upon himself to kick off the campaign for the fire relief of Fort McMurray, feed the front-line workers, and sponsor youth team activity.

Yazan can be reached by email:

Yasser Ali


Co-Founder /

Director of Marketing

Yasser has been in the restaurant industry for 18 years. From bus boy to kitchen chef, he has worked every job there is in a restaurant. Today he is best known as the face of Shelby's. He co-founded Shelby's in 2015.


Yasser’s unique outlook on fusion foods is essential in the development and evolvement of the Shelby’s menu. 

Yasser holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology in psychology from the University of Toronto and a diploma from Fanshawe College in Business Purchasing and Supply Chain management.

His multi-level experience in the restaurant industry and his creativity when it comes to food is what helped Shelby's distinguish itself from other restaurants.

You can reach out to Yasser at

Bradley Cowen


Director of Operations

Bradley has an active role in menu development, customer service, staff training and is the liaison for franchisees and managing partners. He has learned and developed his skill set over the last 30 years working with Keg Restaurants, Milestones Bar and Grill, Texas Roadhouse and Pickle Barrel restaurants in both corporate and franchise settings. 


Bradley recognizes people and how they contribute to the business as the most important asset to any company. He works with and for his team, with an open mind to grow the company in a team atmosphere. 

You can reach out to Bradley at

Andrew Kirkwood


District Manager

Andrew has an extensive restaurant background, working in leadership roles in both Franchised and corporate settings, his belief that the most important part to successful food service comes down to 2
things; food quality and exceptional customer service dovetails perfectly with Shelby’s business model:
to provide quality fresh ingredients in a fun, friendly setting.

Having had the opportunity to open new restaurants with Cara, Prime Restaurants and Boston Pizza gives him the right tools to ensure consistency, food quality and great service throughout our brand.

Please reach out to Andrew at

Ahmed Badra


Brand Manager

Ahmed is behind the strategic development of the Shelby’s brand. He has worked in several global branding and advertising agencies in the past 8 years. Ahmed completed his bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from Limkokwing University in Malaysia and received a post graduate diploma in marketing management from Fanshawe College. 

Ahmed is passionate about innovative food and beverage concepts and works to apply his diversified experience into the Shelby’s brand.

You can reach out to Ahmed at

Partners At


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Software Solutions

Mealsy supports us with our POS and website development and online ordering system in addition to the Gift Cards and Rewards programs.

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PepsiCo Canada


Retail Company

All of our cold beverages been supplied by our partners PepsiCo Canada

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York Developments


Real Estate Developer

York Developments is a highly successful regional developer whose partners have combined over 100 years of real estate development experience.

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Pimlico Partners

Led by Mike Howard is our corporate accountant, with over 30 years of industry experience.

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Payment Processing

A leading Canadian payment solutions company based in London, Ontario




Law Firm

Over 40 years of experience providing legal solutions that are responsive, practical and efficient in all areas of business law.


Sysco Canada


Food Service

Sysco is Canada’s leading foodservice distributor. They supply us with the greatest selection of fresh produce, meat, and all essential supplies for restaurants.