WHERE IT ALL STARTED

One business family’s dream led to thousands having a forum to share, learn and grow as a family

Who we are

Business Families Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to support, help and empower business families to ensure their sustainability and harmony for generations to come.


Phillipe de Gaspé Beaubien
Co-founder, Business Families Foundation

What we stand for

Business Families Foundation believes in inclusive learning, staying close to your roots both in values and legacy and creating supportive lines of communication for the success of the next generation.

Margaret-Jean Mannix
Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation
Board member for Business Families Foundation

What we do

Business Families Foundation delivers relevant, interactive and engaging education on important topics relevant to business families around the world both online and through face-to-face settings. The foundation also nurtures a network of partners that help make our learning accessible globally and trains academics & advisors to better cope with business family issues.

Olivier de Richoufftz
President, Business Families Foundation

Our history

Meet the board of directors

Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-founder, Business Families Foundation

Nan-B and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

Family. The word has become such a natural part of Nan-B and Philippe’s vocabulary that they have turned it into a verb – as they discuss the art and act of “familying” that they have worked at, internalized and imparted to others over 60 years together.

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-B and Philippe devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Pioneers in their field, they continue to break new ground supporting global enterprising families, women’s issues, public health and environmental causes. True to their mission, Nan-B and Philippe are focused on involving their own children and grandchildren in their Foundation as they transmit their values, wisdom and lessons learned to multiple generations of business families worldwide.

Beyond business

Philippe founded Telemedia in 1968 and the company soon grew to become a leader in the media communications industry in Canada. Involved in publishing, radio, TV, satellite broadcasting and cellular telephones.

However, it was through their work together going beyond the quantitative and purely business aspects of their company that the de Gaspé Beaubiens came to appreciate the importance of transmitting the right values, establishing a “soul” to their company and managing their employees to develop an ownership mentality. Telemedia was named one of the best 100 Canadian employers for three consecutive years, and Nan B and Philippe continued to grow the business before eventually turning over control of the company to their three children.

Family: the central and defining organization for sustainable success

Having successfully lived the experience firsthand, Nan-B and Philippe decided that they had vision and wisdom to share with others in similar situations. They had developed and refined a philosophy extolling the family unit as the organization central to creating sustainable enterprise and bettering one’s community. In fact, family enterprise had such power to impact the community at large and the greater social fabric of a nation that familying became a full-time pursuit.

In the early ‘90s, Nan-B and Philippe founded and funded the Business Families Foundation (BFF), a pioneering non-profit devoted to helping family businesses address and resolve their issues. It empowers enterprising families to understand and address ongoing challenges by offering specialized education on family-owned businesses, providing a network of regional educational hubs on a global basis.

Imparting knowledge, wisdom and serving others their special passion is devoted to helping the next generation of women family members succeed and thrive. Through BFF, Nan-B and Philippe travel the world as educators and speakers, presenting on various topics and helping establish additional partnerships with like-minded organizations. They have given workshops at many international events including the world Economic Forum at Davos; YPO-WPO, Universities, and numerous national and international organizations such as banks and accounting firms. Bringing together professionals, academics and experienced family entrepreneurs to exchange knowledge, Nan-B and Philippe partner with top universities worldwide to advance the cause of family enterprise.

Decorated with numerous individual honours belying their continuous complementarity, Nan-B and Philippe are proud to have had their partnership recognized with awards including:

  • Philanthropy Merit Award from the Quebec Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Business Hall of Fame (where they were the first to be inducted as a couple).
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia
  • Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Citizenship Price from the McGill Faculty of Management

Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-founder, Business Families Foundation

Nan-B and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

Family. The word has become such a natural part of Nan-B and Philippe’s vocabulary that they have turned it into a verb – as they discuss the art and act of “familying” that they have worked at, internalized and imparted to others over 60 years together.

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-B and Philippe devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Pioneers in their field, they continue to break new ground supporting global enterprising families, women’s issues, public health and environmental causes. True to their mission, Nan-B and Philippe are focused on involving their own children and grandchildren in their Foundation as they transmit their values, wisdom and lessons learned to multiple generations of business families worldwide.

Beyond business

Philippe founded Telemedia in 1968 and the company soon grew to become a leader in the media communications industry in Canada. Involved in publishing, radio, TV, satellite broadcasting and cellular telephones.

However, it was through their work together going beyond the quantitative and purely business aspects of their company that the de Gaspé Beaubiens came to appreciate the importance of transmitting the right values, establishing a “soul” to their company and managing their employees to develop an ownership mentality. Telemedia was named one of the best 100 Canadian employers for three consecutive years, and Nan-B and Philippe continued to grow the business before eventually turning over control of the company to their three children.

Family: the central and defining organization for sustainable success

Having successfully lived the experience firsthand, Nan-B and Philippe decided that they had vision and wisdom to share with others in similar situations. They had developed and refined a philosophy extolling the family unit as the organization central to creating sustainable enterprise and bettering one’s community. In fact, family enterprise had such power to impact the community at large and the greater social fabric of a nation that familying became a full-time pursuit.

In the early ‘90s, Nan-B and Philippe founded and funded the Business Families Foundation (BFF), a pioneering non-profit devoted to helping family businesses address and resolve their issues. It empowers enterprising families to understand and address ongoing challenges by offering specialized education on family-owned businesses, providing a network of regional educational hubs on a global basis.

Imparting knowledge, wisdom and serving others their special passion is devoted to helping the next generation of women family members succeed and thrive. Through BFF, Nan-B and Philippe travel the world as educators and speakers, presenting on various topics and helping establish additional partnerships with like-minded organizations. They have given workshops at many international events including the world Economic Forum at Davos; YPO-WPO, Universities, and numerous national and international organizations such as banks and accounting firms. Bringing together professionals, academics and experienced family entrepreneurs to exchange knowledge, Nan-B and Philippe partner with top universities worldwide to advance the cause of family enterprise.

Decorated with numerous individual honours belying their continuous complementarity, Nan-B and Philippe are proud to have had their partnership recognized with awards including:

  • Philanthropy Merit Award from the Quebec Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Business Hall of Fame (where they were the first to be inducted as a couple)
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia
  • Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame
  • Citizenship Price from the McGill Faculty of Management

Ronald Mannix

Ronald Mannix

A third generation family businessman, Ron Mannix is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, sportsman and family man. As the founder of Coril Holdings Ltd., he has a vast knowledge of global investments, railroad equipment and the service business, real estate ownership and advisory services. He also has extensive experience as a director in multiple foundations and business organizations such as the Bank of Montreal, Canfor Corporation, Manalta Coal Ltd. and The Coal Association of Canada.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Currently, she is Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation where her responsibilities tend to the strategic planning of the family office and the family council. With ongoing involvement in her own family business since 1995, she has gained valuable experience managing teams and adapting to cultures around the world when exploring opportunities for growth. Outside the family business, she has also held positions at Global Private Banking and The Royal Bank of Canada as well as continued her ongoing education at Loyola University’s Next General Leadership Institute.

Tinah Tanoto

Tinah Tanoto

Tinah B Tanoto is the Deputy CEO of RGE International, a global resource-based Group with corporate offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Beijing and Nanjing. Before joining her husband’s family business, she worked from a very young age for her father’s company and collaborated with her three brothers other the years. In addition to her many business implications, Tinah B Tanoto has also contributed to society philanthropically as a supporter of the Tanoto Foundation’s donations for education, health case, poverty alleviations and disaster reliefs.

Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III

Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien III

Continuing the family business legacy through his many business ventures, Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien brings to the board his passion for commercial development and new technologies. He is the founder and owner of Redline Communications Inc. and IGNIS Innovation Inc., both founded in Montreal where he calls home after completing numerous studies in North America including a Masters in Education from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Paulina Garza

Paulina Garza

Paulina Garza serves as a Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA. She leads her Family Council and Board, and participates in the administration and investment committee in the family office. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey). Currently, she lives in Vancouver, Canada with her family.

Meet the advisors to the board

Arturo Torres

Arturo Torres

As an Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Arturo Torres is responsible for several programs within the entrepreneurial ecosystem including: the business incubators; the business accelerators; the technology parks; the business families centers; the mentor programs, and the entrepreneurial academic programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in family education and currently he is pursuing a PHD.

Sajen Aswani

Sajen Aswani

Sajen Aswani is a third generation member of a family-owned enterprise, Tolaram Group. His role has developed his knowledge and understanding of food manufacturing, paper and textile, marketing and distribution, financial services and real estate developments in six countries. Asides from his leadership in the family business, he also serves as Director of FBN Asia, as a member for Resource Panel, SINDA and as a member of the Nanyang Business School Industry Advisory Council.

John A. Davis

John A. Davis

Trained in business management, psychology and economics, Professor Davis consults to family companies and speaks globally on a wide range of family business topics. He has been recognized as one of America’s leading wealth advisors and is the Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Advisors to Family Enterprise. With many academic degrees including a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, he has been part of the university’s faculty since 1996 and has contributed to writing several books, journal articles and cases over the years.

Harold Nickerson

Harold Nickerson

After a decade of running the family business, H.B. Nickerson & Sons Limited, Harold Nickerson moved to Montreal with his family where he played numerous roles in the de Gaspé Beaubien family business including holding the position of President of Gasbeau Inc. With this experience, he now acts as the most trusted advisor to Philippe and Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien and actively contributes to the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation and Business Families Foundation.

Patricia Annino

Patricia Annino

An Accredited Estate Planner (AEP), an acclaimed author and renowned lawyer, Patricia Annino has been inspiring men and women on the topics of wealth management and retention for over 20 years. She chairs the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at Prince, Lobel and Tye LLP and is also a member of the firm’s Media and Intellectual Property Group. Additionally, she is committed to her community and is a member of multiple boards and foundations that give back to causes including special education, health and alumni associations.

Mitch Garber

Mitch Garber

As the CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company and Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Mitch Garber is the leader of one of the most powerful companies in the gaming and hospitality field. Beyond his business, he was also a practicing lawyer for almost a decade and has valuable experience in television and radio. Mitch Garber and his wife are also very active in philanthropy, focusing on education, healthcare, water, and scientific research in organizations such as One Drop Foundation, the Raisa Gorbacheva Foundation, McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Lower Canada College in Montreal among many others.

Nadir Mohamed

Nadir Mohamed

Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc., Nadir Mohamed brings leadership experience from the Canadian communications and media industry. He also has a vast history of directorships in the past five years at Rogers Communications, Cinram International Inc. and Sierra Wireless Inc. to name only a few.

Patricio Lopez del Puerto

Patricio Lopez del Puerto

With a degree as a computer systems engineer, a master’s degree in management and a master of science, Patricio Lopez del Puerto has a vast knowledge in the academic field complimenting his 40 years in the professional world. Among many other activities, he has served as Rector of the University TecVirtual, been responsible for the Monterey Campus educational interactive satellite system and held the position of Regional Vice President of the National Association of institutions with education in computer science.

Meet the Team

Olivier de Richoufftz

President

Olivier de Richoufftz

With over a decade of experience with organizations supporting business families as well as growing and solidifying their networks, Olivier de Richoufftz is well seasoned in the important issues business families face from generation to generation. An MBA from HEC Paris, paired with his extensive experience in marketing, sales and development for organizations such as Euro Disney Resort and the France Tourism, bring strategic perspective and innovation to his Presidency at Business Families Foundation.

Carmen de la Torre

Executive Assistant

Carmen de la Torre

Originally from Peru and living in Quebec for almost twenty years, Carmen has studied translation and international trade in Peru, France and Switzerland. Trilingual, she has worked in the diplomatic environment at the Canadian Embassy in Lima and the Consulate General of Peru in Montreal. In 2006, Carmen takes an extended sabbatical with her spouse to sail around the world on their yacht. This adventure brings them from Montreal to South East Asia. After this unique experience she comes back to the real world and it is with great enthusiasm that she joins this outstanding international foundation that builds upon many of her past skills and experiences.

Bistra Stoytcheva

Legal

Bistra Stoytcheva

Growing up in Bulgaria and studying law there as well as in Japan and Quebec, makes Bistra Stoytcheva multilingual and extremely qualified for a variety of legal counsel. Before joining the team at Business Families Foundation, she served in different positions for several organizations combining academic, research and practical legal experience.

Francois Viens

Technology

Francois Viens

From a young age, Francois honed his skills not only in computer science, but also through management roles. After graduating from Université de Montréal, he started his own agency, and ran the business himself for over a decade years, giving him first hand experience with the challenges and excitement of being an entrepreneur. He also served as President of W3Quebec for several years, and even now continues to help shape best practices and standards for web development.

Lyne Fontaine

Admin & Finance

Lyne Fontaine

With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of organizations including Rio Tinto, OSL Marketing, and HEC Montreal in multiple leadership positions, Lyne Fontaine has a vast set of skills that support and drive every project she manages with efficiency, organization and detailed planning.

Thomas Clark

Content Development

Thomas Clark

An extensive background in International Development and Development studies cause Thomas to have in-depth insight and understanding of the education and management process of content related projects. His many travels around the world have enhanced his cultural sensibility and been applied in his work with organizations such as the Institute of Social Studies and even in his current philanthropic contributions in working with Hockey Helps the Homeless in Montreal.

Stephanie Laurin

Marketing & Communications

Stephanie Laurin

Passionate for brand development and communication, Stephanie Laurin grew her foundation of marketing at L’Oréal Canada in the Luxury brands division and then moved to Transcontinental to develop a strong understanding of media planning before coming to Business Families Foundation. Her philanthropic contributions have been focused on children’s health and education, supporting organizations like the Montreal Children’s Hospital and coaching business case competition teams at the university level in Montreal.