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Company type Subsidiary
Industry Online food ordering
FoundersJosh Simair
Jeff Adamson
Dan Simair
Chris Simair
Andrew Chau
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Area served
Key people
Paul Burns (CEO)
Geoff Ryan (CPO)
RevenueIncrease Can$581.9 million (2020) [1] Increase Can$312 million (2018) [2]
Number of employees

SkipTheDishes (styled capitalized, sometimes shortened to just SKIP) is a Canadian online food delivery service headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a division of Dutch-based Just Eat [3] Users can order and pay for food from participating restaurants online using an application on the iOS or Android platforms, or through a web browser. [4] Users are also able to provide feedback by reviewing restaurants after receiving an order. It was founded in 2012 in Saskatoon, and later purchased by UK-based Just Eat in 2016, with Just Eat retaining the name. SkipTheDishes was subsequently folded into Just Eat Takeaway following Just Eat's acquisition in 2020, and assumed's orange branding and logo.


SkipTheDishes was founded in 2012 by brothers Josh and Chris Simair, with the idea of creating a more efficient online food ordering and delivery network. Josh had previously worked as an investment banker in London and recognized the opportunity to improve the food delivery process. The company was initially launched in Saskatoon and later moved to Winnipeg, where the head office was established. [5]

The co-founders bootstrapped the company and secured seed capital from angel investors, followed by additional funding from private investors and four venture capital firms. Three more co-founders, including another brother and two university friends, joined between 2012 and 2014 to help grow the business. [6]

Acquisition, growth, and expansion

As the company scaled between 2013 and 2016, the co-founders launched SkipTheDishes in many Canadian cities, initially focusing on mid-market cities, including Burnaby, East Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Prince Albert, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Kitchener/ Waterloo, and Ottawa; as well as US cities, including Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Omaha, and St. Louis. [7]

In December 2016, SkipTheDishes was acquired by Just Eat for $200 million. SkipTheDishes remained a subsidiary and separate brand from Just Eat, with its headquarters remaining in Winnipeg. [8] As of September 2018, Just Eat Canada redirects to SkipTheDishes. [9]

Over the course of 2017, SkipTheDishes was recognised for its growth on a number of occasions. [10] The company's founder was chosen as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. [11] Just Eat's CEO, Peter Plumb, reported significant increases in the company's Q3-2017 revenue, due to "strong growth in order numbers and the inclusion of SkipTheDishes business." [12]

In 2017, the company expanded its business model into new offerings other than food, starting with alcohol delivery in select markets. [13]

In March 2019, SkipTheDishes pulled out of the United States market. Their business and drivers were transferred to Grubhub. [14] In early 2020, Just Eat merged with Netherlands-based competitor, forming Just Eat Takeaway, [15] shortly thereafter announcing a deal to acquire the aforementioned Grubhub (who also acquired SkipTheDishes' American operations before their acquisition). [16] In July 2020, in line with Just Eat's other markets, SkipTheDishes adopted's logo and orange colour scheme, though keeping the SkipTheDishes brand name. [17]

In late 2021, SkipTheDishes began testing a new offering called Skip Express Lane, a service that delivers household goods and groceries directly to customers. The service is located in Winnipeg and in London, Ontario. [18]


In October 2018, SkipTheDishes ran a series of ads featuring actor Jon Hamm as an "honourary Canadian." [19] He remains a fixture in their marketing campaign as of January 2021. [20]

Since 2019, SkipTheDishes has run a series of French-language ads, notably in Quebec, featuring comedian Patrick Groulx. [21] [22] His ads since October 2020 and early 2021 have focused on promoting "les Récompenses SKIP" or Skip's loyalty points program. [23] [24] [25]

In February 2020, SkipTheDishes entered into a multiyear marketing relationship with the Toronto Defiant, an esports team in the Overwatch League. [26]

In summer 2021, ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, SkipTheDishes was named the "Official Food Delivery App" of the Canadian Olympic Committee. [27]


Like many companies involved in the sharing economy, SkipTheDishes has received criticism for its business practices. [28] In March 2017, the company received negative publicity for its responses to a job candidate's question about compensation and benefits. As a follow-up to the incident, Emily Norgang of the Canadian Labour Congress stated that "the most innovative aspect isn't the technology itself, but actually the expansion of this exploitative business model." [29] As of October 2021, SkipTheDishes has the lowest rating of F from the Better Business Bureau due to volume of unresolved complaints. [30]


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  20. ^ "Happy burgday - YouTube". Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  21. ^ "Patrick Groulx pratique la lutte dans une nouvelle publicité de Skip". December 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "SKIP Tour de force". Announcer: Skip, Agency: Arrivals + Departure et TMO; Directeur artistique: David Lamarche; Conception-rédaction: Kristina Landry; Producer: Jérôme Couture: Agency Producer: Annick d’Auteuil; Production house: Cinélande; Director: Jean-François Asselin; DOP: Steve Danyluk; Postproduction: Post430; Sound: Lamajeure; Médias: True Media; Relations publiques: Proof Inc. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
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  24. ^ "SKIP TV 15s REWARDS 2020 10 22". Agency: A+D, The Montréal Office; Production house: Cinélande; Sound: Audio Z. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  25. ^ "SKIP TV 30s NEW 2020 10 22". Agency: A+D, The Montréal Office; Production house: Cinélande; Sound: Audio Z. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
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  27. ^ SkipTheDishes. "SkipTheDishes named the Official Food Delivery App of the Canadian Olympic Committee ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games". Retrieved October 24, 2021.
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