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University of Western Ontario

Business Families Centre (BFC) at the Richard Ivey School of Business

Our mandate focuses on a three-pronged approach to business families: study, support, and celebrate.

The Centre’s formation recognizes the positive and pervasive effect family businesses have on global economies and the benefits accruing from a healthy understanding of the form.  We chose “Business Families” (versus the historic tag of Family Businesses) to begin a new chapter of positive discussion, research and support in this area and to link this Centre with Ivey’s support of Entrepreneurs.

Our clienteles: At inception, business families begin with an entrepreneur’s initiative. The transition from entrepreneur to business family can take many forms including multi-generational family management, a shift to family ownership (with professional managers), a sale of an enterprise leading to ‘re-seeding’ of capital to a new generation of entrepreneurs, or switching to philanthropic endeavour’s with the accumulated capital. The Centre supports the activities of these business families.

Product Offered

  • Unlimited ACCESS Yearly

    Access to all contents and exclusive pre-registration to upcoming Family Business events

    For: All


    • All Online Courses
    • All Interactive Activities
    • All Family business interviews
    • All Advice from leading experts
    • Complete collection of Video case studies
    • Exclusive pre-registration to upcoming Family Business events.
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David Simpson, MBA, Director

Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship
Richard Ivey School of Business
The University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street North
London, ON N6A 3K7

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/entrepreneurship/entrepreneurs/business-families-centre/