Summit of minds

Combine thinking & learning, with mindfulness & discovery. Explore Global Macro Trends and Wellbeing at the Summit of Minds.

September 21-23 2018 in Chamonix, France.

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Cousins Siblings Dynamics Program

November 2-4, 2018 in Niagara on the Lake, Canada.

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Family Enterprise Xchange Symposium

September 24 - 26 2018

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The Intrapreneurial Initiative

Every business can generate new opportunities


The Future of Family Business

Today, family businesses play a crucial role in the economy, but will they tomorrow?


Communication and Conflict Management

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80% of family businesses fail due to a lack of unity

Be successful by preparing your family and planning for the future

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Your learning journey is just a click away.
Start with one of the four themes below!

Explore best practices, structures and governance tools that will ensure your family will remain harmonious as your business grows. Learn more about family-business-ownership roles and aligning life-cycles.

Develop the soft skills to strengthen your family and business for a successful future. Improve your succession plans, communication skills and fair processes, within your family and business.

Welcome the next generation into your business for growth and diversification. Learn how to set the stage for transitioning ownership & leadership while promoting intrapreneurship and innovation.

Initiate new projects and take on a mentorship role. Leave your mark by developing your family legacy, contributing to an advisory council, and engage in coaching and philanthropy.

What Business Families Foundation can offer you

Intrapreneurship Programs

Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

Intrapreneurial Initiative Toronto

Help launch new businesses, create value and strengthen our economy through the Intrapreneurial Program.
Next Cohort: October 1 - December 12, 2018

Initiative intrapreneuriale Québec

Le Parcours appuie deux générations d’entrepreneurs dans la création d’un nouveau projet intrapreneurial.
Prochaine cohorte: 19 septembre 2018

Launch your own Intrapreneurship Program

Start building a community of intrapreneurs wherever you are in the world. If you are ready to bring the Intrapreneurial Program to your community, we will help you make it happen.

Online Courses

Looking to better understand key family business topics? We combine key concepts, expert advice and family perspectives to address important themes for you to apply in your own practices.

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families

Compass for Entrepreneurial Families is an educational program developed by Business Families Foundation to provide business families with a better understanding of fundamental, contemporary concepts.

Interactive Activities

Need help making important decisions? We’ve spoken to hundreds of families who have lived it. We’ll ask you the tough questions to guide you in finding the right solutions for your family and your business.

What Should We Talk About at Family Meetings?

Play this interactive game to keep the family glue strong and to address issues around family communication and governance.

Relatable Case Stories

Want to see how it’s done? We’ll provide you with relatable business family scenarios so you can learn how to better handle difficult situations, anticipate common reactions, and avoid unnecessary conflict.


Setting clear communication boundaries in a family business can be complicated and every family is unique in how they decide to balance their work life and their family life.

Family Business Interviews

Searching for advice? We’ve collected hundreds of interviews. Listen to your peers speak about overcoming challenges and learn from their triumphs and failures to set your family and business on track for success.

Introducing the Family Business to the Rising Generation

Listen to David as he shares a personal anecdote regarding the introduction of a family business to the new generation. Introducing the company's history to the new generation can spark passion and loyalty at a young age. This passion is especially important to family businesses who often rely on the next generation as successors of the business.

Advice From Leading Experts

Seeking solutions? Hear from our specialists on best practices and strategies for dealing with common and complex family business issues. Take advantage of the knowledge and expertise they have to offer.

Interaction between the junior and senior generations in a family business

Watch Professor John Davis of Harvard Business School talk about the importance of reinforcing partnering between the junior and senior generations in a family business. In a family business, it is important to familiarize the rising generation with the business early on, so that they can take on responsibilities sooner.


Passionate about family business? Browse our interesting and thought-provoking collection of family business tips, tricks and stats! In reading them, we promise you’ll learn a thing or two about family business.

In Business With Your Spouse

For some, the notion of working with a husband or wife is a desirable personal and professional scenario. If this partnership works well, husband-wife businesses are spectacular. However, if it does not work out, it can be devastating for the company and the marriage. But what do you need to consider when it comes to setting up a business with your life partner?

In Business With Your Spouse

Monthly Feature

Want to be first in the know? Each month we release one item from our PREMIUM package to the public for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out brand new BFF resources.

Developing A Sustainable Model of Intrapreneurship

Watch Amandine Robin, Director Communications, Public Relations and CSR, CORBY, talk about how Pernod Ricard embraces intrapreneurship.