Born and resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
8 yrs - Greg creates a menu of sandwiches (PB, Jam or PB & Jam) for his older brothers.
11 yrs - Makes waffles from scratch for his best friend.
16 yrs - Brews homemade beer. A bottle explodes and his Mom is forgiving, which encourages him.
17 yrs - Makes wine from Welch's grape juice. Not bad stuff.
1971 - Food Technology for one year. (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology). Too much science.
1972 - Pot Washer, Jasper Park Lodge. Makes dishwashing look easy.
1975 - Completes Admin Mgt diploma (NAIT). Not foodservice related but provides business knowledge.
1977 - Server (part-time), Beans & Barley 124 St, to get extra $ to backpack around the world.
1978 - Cook and then manager, Beans & Barley124 St. Sparks his desire to open a restaurant.
1979 - Decides to open a restaurant and approaches his family for financing.
1980 - Selects an old bottling plant that requires major design and construction.
1980 - Construction begins.
1980 - Construction shuts down for a month due to financing problems.
1981 - Beans & Barley Strathcona (now known as Vons) finally opens. Now the fun begins.
1981 - Discovers that a large restaurant with 60 staff is both difficult to run and exhilarating at the same time.
1982 - Broken into twice.
1983 - Hit by an arsonist and shut down for two months. A lie detector test appeases the insurance company.
1983 - The undeveloped 2nd floor of the building is built as a bistro serving fresh pasta (The Upstairs).
1983 - The idea for a board game based on the restaurant business is first mentioned.
1984 - Because of too much debt, the bistro is sold.
1984 - Lose the restaurant to the bank. Recession plus 20+% finance interest is too much to overcome.
1984 - Greg and his brother begin to develop the board game.
1984 - Room Service Mgr - Westin Hotel. One week! Not for him.
1984 - Restaurant Mgr - late night pizza joint. Crazy times!
1985 - Bartending (3 jobs at once).
1985 - Famous Paris Crepes. His foray into fast food.
1987 - Bankruptcy. Food court wars takes its toll.
1987 - Falls back on bartending.
1987 - Returns to Vons as Night Mgr.
1988 - High School Business Mgr. The cafeteria is part of his responsibility.
1988 - Caters for various school events on the side for years to come.
1997 - Contracted to run the high school cafeteria for the next few years.
2011 - After 25 years of much detailed work, DUCK SOUP...The Restaurant Game goes on sale.
2011 - Featured in The Edmonton Journal (local newspaper).
2012 - Greg promotes game at New York Restaurant Trade Show with Action Against Hunger's booth.
2013 - Greg pitches the board game on Dragons' Den.
2015 - It's decided to retire the board game.
2016 - Greg decides to continue to develop the game by himself, but as an online version.
2016 - His wife says no more $. So, he needs crowdfunding.
2017 - Research tells him that you need a crowd first when crowdfunding. And a blog will achieve that.
2017 - Starts working on a blog. More work than he realizes.
2018 - The blog becomes Greg's focus as he realizes it has a life of its own.
2018 - The blog will focus on restaurant entrepreneurs.
2021 - The Blog - The Restaurant Game by Duck Soup -goes live on Feb 26. (restaurant-entrepreneur.net)