Derek Tennant
Derek Tennant
Collingwood, ON
(705) 888-4110
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Derek Tennant

Derek Tennant is an experienced and well-versed entrepreneur and businessman who is excited about helping you realize your dream through franchise ownership. Due to his successful background in founding and operating multiple franchise companies, his knowledge and advice is the edge you need in researching and establishing your new venture.

Derek is a lifetime entrepreneur, co-founding Sports Cars Unlimited at the age of 20, while attending the University of Western Ontario. This venture would lead to him to become one of the youngest Ford dealers in the world in North Bay and Peterborough, Ontario. Derek then went on to found and operate Holiday Rent-a-Car (which became Thrifty in Canada) and two Ford Motor Company new car dealerships. His 10-point sales plan and training resulted in record breaking sales. These principles remain the leading edge in all his business transactions today.

Derek is honoured to be a philanthropist, community leader and green-environment advocate.  For example, rather than see 2,000 abandoned homes in Elliott Lake, Ontario demolished he refurbished and marketed them to seniors, turning the former mining town into a thriving seniors community. He is also a leading Ontario wind power developer and already owns 2 Teslas.

He passionately supports children’s education and with his wife, co-founded, FreeSchools World Literacy – a registered charity in Canada, USA and Australia with 42 schools in India, Northern Thailand and Bangladesh. FreeSchools educates young girls for as little as $15/year.

His wife, Sue, is an ordained interfaith minister and operates FreeSchools. She and Derek see the committed family as the cornerstone of peace and prosperity.

Derek knows the decisions and choices you make now yield dividends throughout the life of your new company. The winners are you, your family and your employees for years and years to come. He looks forward to helping you ensure the best decision for your success.

You can reach Derek at or 705-888-4110.

Who We Are

Founded in 2000 by Jeff Elgin, FranChoice is the premier franchise consulting company in the United States.  FranChoice matches would-be entrepreneurs with a franchise opportunity that best matches their needs, skills and interests.  Our Mission Statement is “Helping People Realize Their Dreams” and our consultants are the best in the industry at helping people find the perfect business for them.

What we do

FranChoice helps people realize their dreams of business ownership. People come to us who are interested in becoming a franchise owner but don’t know where to start.  Sometimes our candidates have tried to do their own research, and have become overwhelmed by it and are looking for expert guidance.  There are thousands of franchise companies in existence and trying to find the perfect fit can be confusing and frustrating.  That’s where our industry expert consultants come in.

How We Do It

We get to know our candidates and take them through a very thorough consultation process.  Our consultants gain an in-depth understanding of the candidate’s goals for business ownership, their desired role in the business and all kinds of details relating to the characteristics the business must have to meet their needs.

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