Family Matters Forum 2017

Entrepreneurial families and the triple bottom line

October 18-20, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

People. Planet. Profit.

This year at the Family Matters Forum, we will explore some of the greatest entrepreneurial family role models who drive their Triple Bottom Line with clear and inspirational purpose.

Discover innovative best practices developed by owners from around the world whose actions are a reflection of their family DNA.

From structures that empower the next generation to generate innovative businesses to social programs established to inspire agents of change in our local communities, business families have developed the answers to a sustainable and rewarding future — let’s share those ideas.

The Family Matters Forum 2017 will be held in partnership with

A chance to reflect and learn

Spend some time with a group of inspirational role models in “Purposeful Business”.

Dinner Amongst Owners

October 18

To kick-off the Family Matters Forum, we invite you to join us for an evening of fine dining and inspirational talk from author and philanthropist Joel Solomon.

RBC This evening is proudly brought to you by Royal Bank of Canada.

Family Matters Forum

October 19-20

Two days filled with dynamic and interactive sessions that will be led by some of the greatest role models in purposeful business. Join us for an intensive opportunity to rethinking family capital, the impact our firms have on our planet and the people at the core of our businesses.

Speakers

Patricia Annino

Lawyer and Author, Rimon Law

Member of Business Families Foundation’s board, 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. Patricia is deeply committed to her community and is a member of multiple boards and foundations that give back to the community. This includes special education, health and alumni associations. She chairs the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at Rimon Law and is also a member of the firm’s Media and Intellectual Property Group.

Kate Bayne

Lawyer, Kate Bayne Law and Board of Directors, Homestead

Kate is a lawyer by profession with over 20 years of experience in private practice and currently runs her own practice specializing in workplace-related law and human rights. She has taught law at the University of British Columbia throughout her career. Among the vast experience she has sitting on advisory boards, she is presently on the board of directors for her family business, Homestead Land Holdings. The organization is one of Canada’s largest privately-held property management and development companies and has recently launched an innovative approach to ‘Going Green’. This project has affected 90% of all Homestead properties allowing for reduced energy and water consumption, reduced natural and greenhouse gas emissions and generally lowering the environmental impact of the company’s operations across its building construction and apartment management services. Kate has played an active role in bringing environmental sustainability to the fore of board and family discussions.

Patricia Annino

Lawyer and Author, Rimon Law

Member of Business Families Foundation’s board, 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. Patricia is deeply committed to her community and is a member of multiple boards and foundations that give back to the community. This includes special education, health and alumni associations. She chairs the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at Rimon Law and is also a member of the firm’s Media and Intellectual Property Group.

Kate Bayne

Lawyer, Kate Bayne Law and Board of Directors, Homestead

Kate is a lawyer by profession with over 20 years of experience in private practice and currently runs her own practice specializing in workplace-related law and human rights. She has taught law at the University of British Columbia throughout her career. Among the vast experience she has sitting on advisory boards, she is presently on the board of directors for her family business, Homestead Land Holdings. The organization is one of Canada’s largest privately-held property management and development companies and has recently launched an innovative approach to ‘Going Green’. This project has affected 90% of all Homestead properties allowing for reduced energy and water consumption, reduced natural and greenhouse gas emissions and generally lowering the environmental impact of the company’s operations across its building construction and apartment management services. Kate has played an active role in bringing environmental sustainability to the fore of board and family discussions.

David C. Bentall

Founder of Next Step Advisors Inc.; Adjunct Professor, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Division, University of British Columbia

David is the founder of Next Step Advisors Inc. For twenty years, David worked in his family’s real estate and construction businesses. During his years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size. In addition to his business endeavors, David plays a leading role in several landmark projects across Canada, including the widely acclaimed G.M. Place in Vancouver and the TD Centre Office Complex in downtown Winnipeg. Subsequently, David was a key player in the successful Vancouver Whistler 201O Olympic bid. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, a gifted moderator and an experienced executive/life coach.

Dr. Michael Carney

Professor of Management and Senior Management Research Chair, Concordia University

Writer, professor and engaged business enthusiast, Michael has contributed to the knowledge that is widely known as “The 1%”. His insights show that the “1%”, is a specific class of individuals from family businesses that contribute to the entrepreneurial virtue of that business. Michael has also published extensively on the corporate and organizational strategies of Asia’s family-owned business groups. Michael is published in journals such as, the Academy of Management Journal, Asia Pacific Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Economic and Industrial Democracy and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Family Business Review. Michael currently teaches management and serves as the Senior Research Chair in Montreal’s John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Patricia Annino

Lawyer and Author, Rimon Law

Member of Business Families Foundation’s board, 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. Patricia is deeply committed to her community and is a member of multiple boards and foundations that give back to the community. This includes special education, health and alumni associations. She chairs the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at Rimon Law and is also a member of the firm’s Media and Intellectual Property Group.

Kate Bayne

Lawyer, Kate Bayne Law and Board of Directors, Homestead

Kate is a lawyer by profession with over 20 years of experience in private practice and currently runs her own practice specializing in workplace-related law and human rights. She has taught law at the University of British Columbia throughout her career. Among the vast experience she has sitting on advisory boards, she is presently on the board of directors for her family business, Homestead Land Holdings. The organization is one of Canada’s largest privately-held property management and development companies and has recently launched an innovative approach to ‘Going Green’. This project has affected 90% of all Homestead properties allowing for reduced energy and water consumption, reduced natural and greenhouse gas emissions and generally lowering the environmental impact of the company’s operations across its building construction and apartment management services. Kate has played an active role in bringing environmental sustainability to the fore of board and family discussions.

David C. Bentall

Founder of Next Step Advisors Inc.; Adjunct Professor, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Division, University of British Columbia

David is the founder of Next Step Advisors Inc. For twenty years, David worked in his family’s real estate and construction businesses. During his years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size. In addition to his business endeavors, David plays a leading role in several landmark projects across Canada, including the widely acclaimed G.M. Place in Vancouver and the TD Centre Office Complex in downtown Winnipeg. Subsequently, David was a key player in the successful Vancouver Whistler 201O Olympic bid. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, a gifted moderator and an experienced executive/life coach.

Dr. Michael Carney

Professor of Management and Senior Management Research Chair, Concordia University

Writer, professor and engaged business enthusiast, Michael has contributed to the knowledge that is widely known as “The 1%”. His insights show that the “1%”, is a specific class of individuals from family businesses that contribute to the entrepreneurial virtue of that business. Michael has also published extensively on the corporate and organizational strategies of Asia’s family-owned business groups. Michael is published in journals such as, the Academy of Management Journal, Asia Pacific Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Economic and Industrial Democracy and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Family Business Review. Michael currently teaches management and serves as the Senior Research Chair in Montreal’s John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

David C. Bentall

Founder of Next Step Advisors Inc.; Adjunct Professor, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Division, University of British Columbia

David is the founder of Next Step Advisors Inc. For twenty years, David worked in his family’s real estate and construction businesses. During his years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size. In addition to his business endeavors, David plays a leading role in several landmark projects across Canada, including the widely acclaimed G.M. Place in Vancouver and the TD Centre Office Complex in downtown Winnipeg. Subsequently, David was a key player in the successful Vancouver Whistler 201O Olympic bid. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, a gifted moderator and an experienced executive/life coach.

Dr. Michael Carney

Professor of Management and Senior Management Research Chair, Concordia University

Writer, professor and engaged business enthusiast, Michael has contributed to the knowledge that is widely known as “The 1%”. His insights show that the “1%”, is a specific class of individuals from family businesses that contribute to the entrepreneurial virtue of that business. Michael has also published extensively on the corporate and organizational strategies of Asia’s family-owned business groups. Michael is published in journals such as, the Academy of Management Journal, Asia Pacific Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Economic and Industrial Democracy and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Family Business Review. Michael currently teaches management and serves as the Senior Research Chair in Montreal’s John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Sach Chandaria

Executive Director, Catisa

Member of Business Families Foundation’s board, Sach is a 5th generation family business member. Specifically, he comes from a large family (who hold modest origins in East Africa almost a hundred years ago), who happen to have extremely diverse interests stretching along base materials (processing and manufacturing), media, technology and electronics. Both Sach’s personal values and his family core, focus on nurturing entrepreneurial talent in sectors with global dynamic growth potential. An essential part of their philosophy is also to reinvest the majority of wealth created through these activities into philanthropic projects.

John A. Davis

Chair, Families in Business Program, Harvard Business School; Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise

Trained in business management, psychology and economics, John consults with family companies and speaks globally on a wide range of family business topics. Adding to his experiences with family businesses, he currently sits on Business Families Foundation’s board, 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, John has also been part of the university’s faculty since 1996 and has contributed to writing several books, journal articles and cases over the years.

Sach Chandaria

Executive Director, Catisa

Member of Business Families Foundation’s board, Sach is a 5th generation family business member. Specifically, he comes from a large family (who hold modest origins in East Africa almost a hundred years ago), who happen to have extremely diverse interests stretching along base materials (processing and manufacturing), media, technology and electronics. Both Sach’s personal values and his family core, focus on nurturing entrepreneurial talent in sectors with global dynamic growth potential. An essential part of their philosophy is also to reinvest the majority of wealth created through these activities into philanthropic projects.

John A. Davis

Chair, Families in Business Program, Harvard Business School; Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise

Trained in business management, psychology and economics, John consults with family companies and speaks globally on a wide range of family business topics. Adding to his experiences with family businesses, he currently sits on Business Families Foundation’s board, 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, John has also been part of the university’s faculty since 1996 and has contributed to writing several books, journal articles and cases over the years.

Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-Founder of Telemedia and Business Families Foundation

Along with being Co-Founder and Co-Chair to Business Families Foundation, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien is also Co-Chair of the de Gaspé Beaubien foundation. She devotes her time to philanthropic endeavors that continue to support environmental causes, enterprising families, enterprising women, public health, and education. Child Psychologist and internationally renowned expert on topic of family enterprise, Nan-b is a regular speaker at global conferences and top universities worldwide. She has worked alongside her husband Philippe in their company Telemedia and has served as Director of numerous companies, (both private and public) among them being Campbell Soup Company, and the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and she was often the first woman to do so.

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Founder, Beehive Holdings

Prior to the founding of Beehive Holdings Inc (an angel fund focused primarily in seed to Series A investing), Nanon worked in sales and marketing for Playtex International before moving on to become Senior Vice President of her family business, Telemedia, for 10 years. While at Telemedia, Nanon helped grow the company into Canada’s largest consumer magazine publisher with titles ranging from Elle and TV Guide, to Canadian Living. She also helped oversee the growth of Telemedia into one of the country’s largest radio operators. Nanon graduated with honors from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is currently serving as a Board Director for Allocadia Software and the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Foundation. Nanon is also Executive Chair for Monthly Gift and Board Advisor for Accompani, Neroo and Ruby Ribbon.

Sach Chandaria

Executive Director, Catisa

Member of Business Families Foundation’s board, Sach is a 5th generation family business member. Specifically, he comes from a large family (who hold modest origins in East Africa almost a hundred years ago), who happen to have extremely diverse interests stretching along base materials (processing and manufacturing), media, technology and electronics. Both Sach’s personal values and his family core, focus on nurturing entrepreneurial talent in sectors with global dynamic growth potential. An essential part of their philosophy is also to reinvest the majority of wealth created through these activities into philanthropic projects.

John A. Davis

Chair, Families in Business Program, Harvard Business School; Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise

Trained in business management, psychology and economics, John consults with family companies and speaks globally on a wide range of family business topics. Adding to his experiences with family businesses, he currently sits on Business Families Foundation’s board, 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, John has also been part of the university’s faculty since 1996 and has contributed to writing several books, journal articles and cases over the years.

Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-Founder of Telemedia and Business Families Foundation

Along with being Co-Founder and Co-Chair to Business Families Foundation, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien is also Co-Chair of the de Gaspé Beaubien foundation. She devotes her time to philanthropic endeavors that continue to support environmental causes, enterprising families, enterprising women, public health, and education. Child Psychologist and internationally renowned expert on topic of family enterprise, Nan-b is a regular speaker at global conferences and top universities worldwide. She has worked alongside her husband Philippe in their company Telemedia and has served as Director of numerous companies, (both private and public) among them being Campbell Soup Company, and the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and she was often the first woman to do so.

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Founder, Beehive Holdings

Prior to the founding of Beehive Holdings Inc (an angel fund focused primarily in seed to Series A investing), Nanon worked in sales and marketing for Playtex International before moving on to become Senior Vice President of her family business, Telemedia, for 10 years. While at Telemedia, Nanon helped grow the company into Canada’s largest consumer magazine publisher with titles ranging from Elle and TV Guide, to Canadian Living. She also helped oversee the growth of Telemedia into one of the country’s largest radio operators. Nanon graduated with honors from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is currently serving as a Board Director for Allocadia Software and the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Foundation. Nanon is also Executive Chair for Monthly Gift and Board Advisor for Accompani, Neroo and Ruby Ribbon.

Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-Founder of Telemedia and Business Families Foundation

Along with being Co-Founder and Co-Chair to Business Families Foundation, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien is also Co-Chair of the de Gaspé Beaubien foundation. She devotes her time to philanthropic endeavors that continue to support environmental causes, enterprising families, enterprising women, public health, and education. Child Psychologist and internationally renowned expert on topic of family enterprise, Nan-b is a regular speaker at global conferences and top universities worldwide. She has worked alongside her husband Philippe in their company Telemedia and has served as Director of numerous companies, (both private and public) among them being Campbell Soup Company, and the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and she was often the first woman to do so.

Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Founder, Beehive Holdings

Prior to the founding of Beehive Holdings Inc (an angel fund focused primarily in seed to Series A investing), Nanon worked in sales and marketing for Playtex International before moving on to become Senior Vice President of her family business, Telemedia, for 10 years. While at Telemedia, Nanon helped grow the company into Canada’s largest consumer magazine publisher with titles ranging from Elle and TV Guide, to Canadian Living. She also helped oversee the growth of Telemedia into one of the country’s largest radio operators. Nanon graduated with honors from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is currently serving as a Board Director for Allocadia Software and the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Foundation. Nanon is also Executive Chair for Monthly Gift and Board Advisor for Accompani, Neroo and Ruby Ribbon.

François M. de Visscher

Founder and President, de Visscher & Co; Chairman, Society of Friends of Belgium in America; BEKAERT NV family shareholder

François is the founder of de Visscher & Co. and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise Bekaert. Bekaert, founded by his grandfather in 1880, has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire (and related) products. François’ own endeavor, de Visscher & Co., is one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. François has a vast understanding of the many ways investments can have a positive impact that go beyond simply growing or expanding a business.

Robert Frances

Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group

As well as being a member of the BFF board, Robert has also served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  In 1992, Robert founded Peak Financial group. PEAK administers $9 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.   He is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), of which he held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. He is also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board.

François M. de Visscher

Founder and President, de Visscher & Co; Chairman, Society of Friends of Belgium in America; BEKAERT NV family shareholder

François is the founder of de Visscher & Co. and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise Bekaert. Bekaert, founded by his grandfather in 1880, has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire (and related) products. François’ own endeavor, de Visscher & Co., is one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. François has a vast understanding of the many ways investments can have a positive impact that go beyond simply growing or expanding a business.

Robert Frances

Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group

As well as being a member of the BFF board, Robert has also served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  In 1992, Robert founded Peak Financial group. PEAK administers $9 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.   He is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), of which he held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. He is also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board.

Paulina Garza

Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA

Member of Business Families Foundation’s Board, Paulina also leads her family Council and family Board at FEMSA, where she also serves as a private investor. In addition, Paulina participates in the administration and investment committee in her family office – all of which, directly contributes to her family legacy. Paulina serves as Director of Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. since 2009. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).

Aaron Gillespie

President, COBS Bread

More than 10 years ago, Aaron seized the opportunity to lead the growth of COBS Bread in Canada as the international arm of Bakers Delight, an Australian business that his parents founded in 1980. The Gillespie’s are responsible for over 700 bakeries, employing approximately 15,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Aaron along with his sister Elise represent the 5th generation of bakers in the family. With a public commitment to environmentally conscious practices, charitable donations exceeding 25 million in product every year and numerous community partnerships, Aaron continuously ensures the family values run deep within COBS Bread.

François M. de Visscher

Founder and President, de Visscher & Co; Chairman, Society of Friends of Belgium in America; BEKAERT NV family shareholder

François is the founder of de Visscher & Co. and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise Bekaert. Bekaert, founded by his grandfather in 1880, has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire (and related) products. François’ own endeavor, de Visscher & Co., is one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. François has a vast understanding of the many ways investments can have a positive impact that go beyond simply growing or expanding a business.

Robert Frances

Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group

As well as being a member of the BFF board, Robert has also served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  In 1992, Robert founded Peak Financial group. PEAK administers $9 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.   He is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), of which he held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. He is also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board.

Paulina Garza

Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA

Member of Business Families Foundation’s Board, Paulina also leads her family Council and family Board at FEMSA, where she also serves as a private investor. In addition, Paulina participates in the administration and investment committee in her family office – all of which, directly contributes to her family legacy. Paulina serves as Director of Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. since 2009. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).

Aaron Gillespie

President, COBS Bread

More than 10 years ago, Aaron seized the opportunity to lead the growth of COBS Bread in Canada as the international arm of Bakers Delight, an Australian business that his parents founded in 1980. The Gillespie’s are responsible for over 700 bakeries, employing approximately 15,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Aaron along with his sister Elise represent the 5th generation of bakers in the family. With a public commitment to environmentally conscious practices, charitable donations exceeding 25 million in product every year and numerous community partnerships, Aaron continuously ensures the family values run deep within COBS Bread.

Paulina Garza

Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA

Member of Business Families Foundation’s Board, Paulina also leads her family Council and family Board at FEMSA, where she also serves as a private investor. In addition, Paulina participates in the administration and investment committee in her family office – all of which, directly contributes to her family legacy. Paulina serves as Director of Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. since 2009. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey).

Aaron Gillespie

President, COBS Bread

More than 10 years ago, Aaron seized the opportunity to lead the growth of COBS Bread in Canada as the international arm of Bakers Delight, an Australian business that his parents founded in 1980. The Gillespie’s are responsible for over 700 bakeries, employing approximately 15,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Aaron along with his sister Elise represent the 5th generation of bakers in the family. With a public commitment to environmentally conscious practices, charitable donations exceeding 25 million in product every year and numerous community partnerships, Aaron continuously ensures the family values run deep within COBS Bread.

Guillaume Hervé

Corporate Entrepreneurship Expert; Author, Winning At Intrapreneurship

Guillaume is an accomplished senior business executive, President at G3point0 CONSULTING and a serial intrapreneur with more than 25 years of experience in leadership and management spanning several sectors, including aerospace, high technology, healthcare, government and defence.  He works with family and non-family business leaders from all industries to develop high-impact growth and repositioning strategies supported by well-developed execution plans leveraging intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial best practices. Guillaume is also a trained facilitator who excels at working with senior leadership teams to achieve breakthroughs, buy-in and alignment.  He is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success and regularly publishes articles addressing the challenges of leadership, management and intrapreneurship. He is the Intrapreneurship Expert in Residence at the Business Families Foundation and the Intrapreneurship Program, the Chairman of CTS Health, an accelerator for medical technologies companies, an executive mentor to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in Montreal, and a sought after keynote speaker.

Sandy Houston

President and CEO, the Metcalf Foundation

As President and CEO, Sandy has development the Metcalf Foundation into a leading organization that helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy and creative society. He is also Director of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Toronto Community Foundation. Sandy has been instrumental in the establishment of many Canadian not-for-profits. He was the founding chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, a public foundation created by the Government of Ontario to support the environmental and agricultural integrity of province’s new Greenbelt. In addition to that, he is currently the chair of Community Food Centers Canada and past chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. Much of his current work is focused on creating opportunities for innovation and collaboration in advancing new thinking and policy approaches.

Guillaume Hervé

Corporate Entrepreneurship Expert; Author, Winning At Intrapreneurship

Guillaume is an accomplished senior business executive, President at G3point0 CONSULTING and a serial intrapreneur with more than 25 years of experience in leadership and management spanning several sectors, including aerospace, high technology, healthcare, government and defence.  He works with family and non-family business leaders from all industries to develop high-impact growth and repositioning strategies supported by well-developed execution plans leveraging intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial best practices. Guillaume is also a trained facilitator who excels at working with senior leadership teams to achieve breakthroughs, buy-in and alignment.  He is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success and regularly publishes articles addressing the challenges of leadership, management and intrapreneurship. He is the Intrapreneurship Expert in Residence at the Business Families Foundation and the Intrapreneurship Program, the Chairman of CTS Health, an accelerator for medical technologies companies, an executive mentor to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in Montreal, and a sought after keynote speaker.

Sandy Houston

President and CEO, the Metcalf Foundation

As President and CEO, Sandy has development the Metcalf Foundation into a leading organization that helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy and creative society. He is also Director of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Toronto Community Foundation. Sandy has been instrumental in the establishment of many Canadian not-for-profits. He was the founding chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, a public foundation created by the Government of Ontario to support the environmental and agricultural integrity of province’s new Greenbelt. In addition to that, he is currently the chair of Community Food Centers Canada and past chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. Much of his current work is focused on creating opportunities for innovation and collaboration in advancing new thinking and policy approaches.

Dr. Peter Jaskiewicz

University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa

Peter Jaskiewicz conducts quantitative and qualitative research on family business and entrepreneurship. His current research interests involve trans-generational entrepreneurship, executive team compensation, nepotism, corporate reputation, and succession planning. His research has been widely published in journals such as Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Family Business Strategy. Peter teaches current knowledge and practices about management, entrepreneurship, and family business to Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. Most recently, he has earned the title of “University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship” at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Nick Laperle

Founder, Chief Hearing Evangelist and CBDO, EERS Global Technologies

Nick Laperle grew up in a family that for 40 years was a pioneer in hearing health clinics. Following the family passion, Nick founded EERS in 2014, a company dedicated to the protection of workers’ hearing safety with the goal to eradicate the world’s most prevalent occupational disease, hearing loss caused by noise. He has developed a bionic ear platform that employs state-of-the-art technology protected by more than 25 patents and has recently won first place at the U.S. Department of Labor’s prestigious Noise Safety Challenge. He continues to look for innovative ways to connect technology with opportunities to better working and living conditions of people around the world.

Guillaume Hervé

Corporate Entrepreneurship Expert; Author, Winning At Intrapreneurship

Guillaume is an accomplished senior business executive, President at G3point0 CONSULTING and a serial intrapreneur with more than 25 years of experience in leadership and management spanning several sectors, including aerospace, high technology, healthcare, government and defence.  He works with family and non-family business leaders from all industries to develop high-impact growth and repositioning strategies supported by well-developed execution plans leveraging intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial best practices. Guillaume is also a trained facilitator who excels at working with senior leadership teams to achieve breakthroughs, buy-in and alignment.  He is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success and regularly publishes articles addressing the challenges of leadership, management and intrapreneurship. He is the Intrapreneurship Expert in Residence at the Business Families Foundation and the Intrapreneurship Program, the Chairman of CTS Health, an accelerator for medical technologies companies, an executive mentor to entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in Montreal, and a sought after keynote speaker.

Sandy Houston

President and CEO, the Metcalf Foundation

As President and CEO, Sandy has development the Metcalf Foundation into a leading organization that helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy and creative society. He is also Director of the Tides Canada Foundation and the Toronto Community Foundation. Sandy has been instrumental in the establishment of many Canadian not-for-profits. He was the founding chair of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, a public foundation created by the Government of Ontario to support the environmental and agricultural integrity of province’s new Greenbelt. In addition to that, he is currently the chair of Community Food Centers Canada and past chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. Much of his current work is focused on creating opportunities for innovation and collaboration in advancing new thinking and policy approaches.

Dr. Peter Jaskiewicz

University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa

Peter Jaskiewicz conducts quantitative and qualitative research on family business and entrepreneurship. His current research interests involve trans-generational entrepreneurship, executive team compensation, nepotism, corporate reputation, and succession planning. His research has been widely published in journals such as Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Family Business Strategy. Peter teaches current knowledge and practices about management, entrepreneurship, and family business to Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. Most recently, he has earned the title of “University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship” at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Nick Laperle

Founder, Chief Hearing Evangelist and CBDO, EERS Global Technologies

Nick Laperle grew up in a family that for 40 years was a pioneer in hearing health clinics. Following the family passion, Nick founded EERS in 2014, a company dedicated to the protection of workers’ hearing safety with the goal to eradicate the world’s most prevalent occupational disease, hearing loss caused by noise. He has developed a bionic ear platform that employs state-of-the-art technology protected by more than 25 patents and has recently won first place at the U.S. Department of Labor’s prestigious Noise Safety Challenge. He continues to look for innovative ways to connect technology with opportunities to better working and living conditions of people around the world.

Dr. Peter Jaskiewicz

University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa

Peter Jaskiewicz conducts quantitative and qualitative research on family business and entrepreneurship. His current research interests involve trans-generational entrepreneurship, executive team compensation, nepotism, corporate reputation, and succession planning. His research has been widely published in journals such as Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of Family Business Strategy. Peter teaches current knowledge and practices about management, entrepreneurship, and family business to Bachelor, Master, and PhD students. Most recently, he has earned the title of “University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship” at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Nick Laperle

Founder, Chief Hearing Evangelist and CBDO, EERS Global Technologies

Nick Laperle grew up in a family that for 40 years was a pioneer in hearing health clinics. Following the family passion, Nick founded EERS in 2014, a company dedicated to the protection of workers’ hearing safety with the goal to eradicate the world’s most prevalent occupational disease, hearing loss caused by noise. He has developed a bionic ear platform that employs state-of-the-art technology protected by more than 25 patents and has recently won first place at the U.S. Department of Labor’s prestigious Noise Safety Challenge. He continues to look for innovative ways to connect technology with opportunities to better working and living conditions of people around the world.

Brandt Channing Louie

Chairman, CEO and President, H.Y. Louie Co. Limited

As the President of H.Y. Louie Company and Chairman, CEO of London Drugs, Brandt is the perfect example of what happens when a family business stimulates entrepreneurship. The Louie family legacy all began when Brandt’s grandfather (owner Hok Yat Louie), set up his first grocery store in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This small shop grew into what is now such a big part of Western Canadians’ lives – London Drugs. Presently, Brandt’s own company, H.Y. Louie, is British Columbia’s second largest business, in part thanks to the growth of more than 70 London Drug stores across the Canada. Brandt’s hard work and dedication doesn’t stop at London Drugs: he also owns London Air Services, an executive private jet and helicopter service catering to a large range of clientele.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation; Founder, Institute of Family Business

Currently Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, Margaret-Jean’s responsibilities include the strategic planning of her family business office and family council. Along with taking care of her roots, she is also inspired to take care of other families with the creation of IFEA (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) and as an active board member at both Business Families Foundation and FEX (Family Enterprise Xchange).

Brandt Channing Louie

Chairman, CEO and President, H.Y. Louie Co. Limited

As the President of H.Y. Louie Company and Chairman, CEO of London Drugs, Brandt is the perfect example of what happens when a family business stimulates entrepreneurship. The Louie family legacy all began when Brandt’s grandfather (owner Hok Yat Louie), set up his first grocery store in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This small shop grew into what is now such a big part of Western Canadians’ lives – London Drugs. Presently, Brandt’s own company, H.Y. Louie, is British Columbia’s second largest business, in part thanks to the growth of more than 70 London Drug stores across the Canada. Brandt’s hard work and dedication doesn’t stop at London Drugs: he also owns London Air Services, an executive private jet and helicopter service catering to a large range of clientele.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation; Founder, Institute of Family Business

Currently Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, Margaret-Jean’s responsibilities include the strategic planning of her family business office and family council. Along with taking care of her roots, she is also inspired to take care of other families with the creation of IFEA (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) and as an active board member at both Business Families Foundation and FEX (Family Enterprise Xchange).

Antoine Mayaud

Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez); Chairman of CreAdev

Antoine is an active member in his entrepreneurial family, which is at the head of several businesses known as “Groupe Auchan”, in France. Antoine has contributed immensely to the Association Familiale Mulliez and was elected at the Mulliez family board to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields. First, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev”, which promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in young family or non-family entrepreneurs with the goal to help develop the AFM portfolio and secondly, to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training and education. His work continues to impact his family, community and the economy immensely, all through initiatives driven by innovation and education. Antoine is also a proud new member of Business Families Foundation’s board of directors.

Carol Newell

Founder, Endswell Foundation/Renewal Partners

An investor by circumstance, an innovator by nature, Carol has established her life’s work to activate wealth for common benefit. She is the Founding Investor and Principal of Renewal Partners and through her organizations, she has become a social entrepreneur and philanthropist, placing over $60 million into organizations and businesses working toward sustainability in BC. Carol is also the co-creator of Play BIG, an initiative to encourage others with wealth to activate their resources for social change. Carol has received several awards including an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Lawrence University, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007.

Brandt Channing Louie

Chairman, CEO and President, H.Y. Louie Co. Limited

As the President of H.Y. Louie Company and Chairman, CEO of London Drugs, Brandt is the perfect example of what happens when a family business stimulates entrepreneurship. The Louie family legacy all began when Brandt’s grandfather (owner Hok Yat Louie), set up his first grocery store in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This small shop grew into what is now such a big part of Western Canadians’ lives – London Drugs. Presently, Brandt’s own company, H.Y. Louie, is British Columbia’s second largest business, in part thanks to the growth of more than 70 London Drug stores across the Canada. Brandt’s hard work and dedication doesn’t stop at London Drugs: he also owns London Air Services, an executive private jet and helicopter service catering to a large range of clientele.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation; Founder, Institute of Family Business

Currently Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, Margaret-Jean’s responsibilities include the strategic planning of her family business office and family council. Along with taking care of her roots, she is also inspired to take care of other families with the creation of IFEA (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) and as an active board member at both Business Families Foundation and FEX (Family Enterprise Xchange).

Antoine Mayaud

Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez); Chairman of CreAdev

Antoine is an active member in his entrepreneurial family, which is at the head of several businesses known as “Groupe Auchan”, in France. Antoine has contributed immensely to the Association Familiale Mulliez and was elected at the Mulliez family board to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields. First, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev”, which promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in young family or non-family entrepreneurs with the goal to help develop the AFM portfolio and secondly, to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training and education. His work continues to impact his family, community and the economy immensely, all through initiatives driven by innovation and education. Antoine is also a proud new member of Business Families Foundation’s board of directors.

Carol Newell

Founder, Endswell Foundation/Renewal Partners

An investor by circumstance, an innovator by nature, Carol has established her life’s work to activate wealth for common benefit. She is the Founding Investor and Principal of Renewal Partners and through her organizations, she has become a social entrepreneur and philanthropist, placing over $60 million into organizations and businesses working toward sustainability in BC. Carol is also the co-creator of Play BIG, an initiative to encourage others with wealth to activate their resources for social change. Carol has received several awards including an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Lawrence University, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007.

Antoine Mayaud

Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez); Chairman of CreAdev

Antoine is an active member in his entrepreneurial family, which is at the head of several businesses known as “Groupe Auchan”, in France. Antoine has contributed immensely to the Association Familiale Mulliez and was elected at the Mulliez family board to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields. First, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev”, which promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in young family or non-family entrepreneurs with the goal to help develop the AFM portfolio and secondly, to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training and education. His work continues to impact his family, community and the economy immensely, all through initiatives driven by innovation and education. Antoine is also a proud new member of Business Families Foundation’s board of directors.

Carol Newell

Founder, Endswell Foundation/Renewal Partners

An investor by circumstance, an innovator by nature, Carol has established her life’s work to activate wealth for common benefit. She is the Founding Investor and Principal of Renewal Partners and through her organizations, she has become a social entrepreneur and philanthropist, placing over $60 million into organizations and businesses working toward sustainability in BC. Carol is also the co-creator of Play BIG, an initiative to encourage others with wealth to activate their resources for social change. Carol has received several awards including an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Lawrence University, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007.

Michelle Osry

Partner, Family Business Advisory, Deloitte; Board Member, THNK School of Creative Leadership and imagine1day

Michelle is the leader in Deloitte’s family enterprise consulting practice in all of Canada and the firm’s real estate practice in British Columbia. She is also a key contributor to Deloitte’s national innovation council and an advocate for the use of design thinking to develop new offerings and business models for her clients. Michelle is a member of Perimeter Institute’s Emmy Noether Council, which aims to increase the number of women in physics and mathematical physics – and is also a regular speaker at the Association of Women in Finance. Her passion for surfacing new opportunities and possibilities extends from her work with business families and corporations to her support of non-profit initiatives. Namely, Michelle serves as an advisory board member to the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Vancouver and imagine1day.

Denise Paré Julien

Director of the Deschênes-Molson-Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal

Denise Paré-Julien is the director of the Deschênes-Molson-Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal. She is the former president of the Business Families Foundation, where she helped create various programs and tools for family-owned firms. She has served as a consultant, speaker and coach for a number of business families.

Ms. Paré-Julien was the head of customer service for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ for several years. She holds degrees from HEC Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. She also has a certificate from the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in Boston, was named a FFI fellow in 2008 and has served on the body of knowledge committee. Among the universities Ms. Paré-Julien has worked with are the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in HEC Montréal, Mexico, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and Dalhousie University. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Michelle Osry

Partner, Family Business Advisory, Deloitte; Board Member, THNK School of Creative Leadership and imagine1day

Michelle is the leader in Deloitte’s family enterprise consulting practice in all of Canada and the firm’s real estate practice in British Columbia. She is also a key contributor to Deloitte’s national innovation council and an advocate for the use of design thinking to develop new offerings and business models for her clients. Michelle is a member of Perimeter Institute’s Emmy Noether Council, which aims to increase the number of women in physics and mathematical physics – and is also a regular speaker at the Association of Women in Finance. Her passion for surfacing new opportunities and possibilities extends from her work with business families and corporations to her support of non-profit initiatives. Namely, Michelle serves as an advisory board member to the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Vancouver and imagine1day.

Denise Paré Julien

Director of the Deschênes-Molson-Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal

Denise Paré-Julien is the director of the Deschênes-Molson-Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal. She is the former president of the Business Families Foundation, where she helped create various programs and tools for family-owned firms. She has served as a consultant, speaker and coach for a number of business families.

Ms. Paré-Julien was the head of customer service for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ for several years. She holds degrees from HEC Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. She also has a certificate from the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in Boston, was named a FFI fellow in 2008 and has served on the body of knowledge committee. Among the universities Ms. Paré-Julien has worked with are the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in HEC Montréal, Mexico, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and Dalhousie University. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Breanne Ramsay

Strategic Development Director, BRITT Land & Engagement

Breanne grew up innovating and creating new projects that would flourish into her next small business. Her methodology is work hard, play hard – Breanne will not rest until she completes a task and delivers the desired result. Breanne joined BRITT in 2011 after graduating from the University of Victoria. Breanne naturally fell into a role at BRITT, never growing up wanting or expecting to work in the family business, she had aspirations of becoming an Architect. After a couple summer internships at BRITT while in university she fell in love with the people at the company and the ability to make a positive impact, work with her sister and create clarity around the company’s strategic growth and goals. Since joining BRITT Breanne has had various roles in her leadership journey. She played an impactful role at the beginning joining the Business Development Team, and later taking on managing the department. In 2014, Breanne transitioned into overseeing BRITTs accounting, financials & marketing. She has a passion for leadership growth, strategy and numbers, especially those involved with BRITT’s cash. Breanne loves precision focused work, as much as planning a big party, she is the ultimate event planner. When she isn’t focused internally on BRITT’s growth, strategy & execution she keeps busy hanging out with her rescue Chihuahua Uli, going on an epic adventure with her boyfriend and sipping her favorite wines.

Brittney Ramsay

President, BRITT Land & Engagement

Brittney leads with a bold and unconventional vision. She’s been with BRITT working in land and engagement for the past 10 years, the first couple of years she was mentored closely by her father, Ray. She started in Communications, transitioned to Business development and at 26 years of age took over the family business as the youngest, and only Female, President a Land Broker BRITT’s size in the heavily male dominated energy services industry. She holds her Alberta Surface Land Agents license and heads to the field occasionally to meet with landowners/stakeholders. She empowers the BRITT team, and clients, through inspiring a shared vision, challenging the heart, and collaboration. Brittney holds her BA in Communication Studies from U Of C, her Land Agents License through Olds College, and has training in complex conversations, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, constructive conflict, Indigenous engagement and robust communication. Brittney is a recipient of 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, 2015 Business Leaders in Calgary Award, and 35 Under 35 – Alberta Oil in 2016.

Michelle Osry

Partner, Family Business Advisory, Deloitte; Board Member, THNK School of Creative Leadership and imagine1day

Michelle is the leader in Deloitte’s family enterprise consulting practice in all of Canada and the firm’s real estate practice in British Columbia. She is also a key contributor to Deloitte’s national innovation council and an advocate for the use of design thinking to develop new offerings and business models for her clients. Michelle is a member of Perimeter Institute’s Emmy Noether Council, which aims to increase the number of women in physics and mathematical physics – and is also a regular speaker at the Association of Women in Finance. Her passion for surfacing new opportunities and possibilities extends from her work with business families and corporations to her support of non-profit initiatives. Namely, Michelle serves as an advisory board member to the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Vancouver and imagine1day.

Denise Paré Julien

Director of the Deschênes-Molson-Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal

Denise Paré-Julien is the director of the Deschênes-Molson-Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal. She is the former president of the Business Families Foundation, where she helped create various programs and tools for family-owned firms. She has served as a consultant, speaker and coach for a number of business families.

Ms. Paré-Julien was the head of customer service for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ for several years. She holds degrees from HEC Montréal and the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. She also has a certificate from the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in Boston, was named a FFI fellow in 2008 and has served on the body of knowledge committee. Among the universities Ms. Paré-Julien has worked with are the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in HEC Montréal, Mexico, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and Dalhousie University. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Breanne Ramsay

Strategic Development Director, BRITT Land & Engagement

Breanne grew up innovating and creating new projects that would flourish into her next small business. Her methodology is work hard, play hard – Breanne will not rest until she completes a task and delivers the desired result. Breanne joined BRITT in 2011 after graduating from the University of Victoria. Breanne naturally fell into a role at BRITT, never growing up wanting or expecting to work in the family business, she had aspirations of becoming an Architect. After a couple summer internships at BRITT while in university she fell in love with the people at the company and the ability to make a positive impact, work with her sister and create clarity around the company’s strategic growth and goals. Since joining BRITT Breanne has had various roles in her leadership journey. She played an impactful role at the beginning joining the Business Development Team, and later taking on managing the department. In 2014, Breanne transitioned into overseeing BRITTs accounting, financials & marketing. She has a passion for leadership growth, strategy and numbers, especially those involved with BRITT’s cash. Breanne loves precision focused work, as much as planning a big party, she is the ultimate event planner. When she isn’t focused internally on BRITT’s growth, strategy & execution she keeps busy hanging out with her rescue Chihuahua Uli, going on an epic adventure with her boyfriend and sipping her favorite wines.

Brittney Ramsay

President, BRITT Land & Engagement

Brittney leads with a bold and unconventional vision. She’s been with BRITT working in land and engagement for the past 10 years, the first couple of years she was mentored closely by her father, Ray. She started in Communications, transitioned to Business development and at 26 years of age took over the family business as the youngest, and only Female, President a Land Broker BRITT’s size in the heavily male dominated energy services industry. She holds her Alberta Surface Land Agents license and heads to the field occasionally to meet with landowners/stakeholders. She empowers the BRITT team, and clients, through inspiring a shared vision, challenging the heart, and collaboration. Brittney holds her BA in Communication Studies from U Of C, her Land Agents License through Olds College, and has training in complex conversations, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, constructive conflict, Indigenous engagement and robust communication. Brittney is a recipient of 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, 2015 Business Leaders in Calgary Award, and 35 Under 35 – Alberta Oil in 2016.

Breanne Ramsay

Strategic Development Director, BRITT Land & Engagement

Breanne grew up innovating and creating new projects that would flourish into her next small business. Her methodology is work hard, play hard – Breanne will not rest until she completes a task and delivers the desired result. Breanne joined BRITT in 2011 after graduating from the University of Victoria. Breanne naturally fell into a role at BRITT, never growing up wanting or expecting to work in the family business, she had aspirations of becoming an Architect. After a couple summer internships at BRITT while in university she fell in love with the people at the company and the ability to make a positive impact, work with her sister and create clarity around the company’s strategic growth and goals. Since joining BRITT Breanne has had various roles in her leadership journey. She played an impactful role at the beginning joining the Business Development Team, and later taking on managing the department. In 2014, Breanne transitioned into overseeing BRITTs accounting, financials & marketing. She has a passion for leadership growth, strategy and numbers, especially those involved with BRITT’s cash. Breanne loves precision focused work, as much as planning a big party, she is the ultimate event planner. When she isn’t focused internally on BRITT’s growth, strategy & execution she keeps busy hanging out with her rescue Chihuahua Uli, going on an epic adventure with her boyfriend and sipping her favorite wines.

Brittney Ramsay

President, BRITT Land & Engagement

Brittney leads with a bold and unconventional vision. She’s been with BRITT working in land and engagement for the past 10 years, the first couple of years she was mentored closely by her father, Ray. She started in Communications, transitioned to Business development and at 26 years of age took over the family business as the youngest, and only Female, President a Land Broker BRITT’s size in the heavily male dominated energy services industry. She holds her Alberta Surface Land Agents license and heads to the field occasionally to meet with landowners/stakeholders. She empowers the BRITT team, and clients, through inspiring a shared vision, challenging the heart, and collaboration. Brittney holds her BA in Communication Studies from U Of C, her Land Agents License through Olds College, and has training in complex conversations, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, constructive conflict, Indigenous engagement and robust communication. Brittney is a recipient of 2014 Young Women in Energy Award, 2015 Business Leaders in Calgary Award, and 35 Under 35 – Alberta Oil in 2016.

Mark Rose

Vice President of Layfield Flexible Packaging, Layfield Group Limited

Certified Chartered Professional Accountant, Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.). and former Sales Manager at Panasonic for twelve years.  Mark’s current role as Vice-President for Layfield’s flexible packaging division for the past 8 years has kept him busy in his pursuit of creating the most premium flexible packaging for his customers.  Mark’s passion for the environment has motivated the revolutionary development of Bioflex™.  Bioflex™ is a commercially viable form of environmentally sustainable flexible plastic packaging that is designed to rapidly degrade in a landfill and create green sustainable energy.  As the husband of Sarah and father of three children himself, Mark works closely with his dad (and sister, Annette) to continue Layfield’s family legacy built on quality and integrity.

Tom Rose

Chairman, CEO and President, Layfield Group Limited; Director, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

In 1978, Tom, along with a few family members, purchased Layfield and used the company as a platform from which to build a larger plastics processing company. He quickly expanded the business from rigid plastics to other markets such as Environmental Containment, Industrial Fabrics and Blown Film production. The family business grew by expanding to new regions acquiring several synergistic companies in Alberta, Ontario and California. It is under Tom’s lead that the Layfield Group earned the title of one of this year’s Best Managed Companies by Canadian Business magazine. The company has grown, built on Tom’s commitment to high ethical standards and quality products.

Mark Rose

Vice President of Layfield Flexible Packaging, Layfield Group Limited

Certified Chartered Professional Accountant, Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.). and former Sales Manager at Panasonic for twelve years.  Mark’s current role as Vice-President for Layfield’s flexible packaging division for the past 8 years has kept him busy in his pursuit of creating the most premium flexible packaging for his customers.  Mark’s passion for the environment has motivated the revolutionary development of Bioflex™.  Bioflex™ is a commercially viable form of environmentally sustainable flexible plastic packaging that is designed to rapidly degrade in a landfill and create green sustainable energy.  As the husband of Sarah and father of three children himself, Mark works closely with his dad (and sister, Annette) to continue Layfield’s family legacy built on quality and integrity.

Tom Rose

Chairman, CEO and President, Layfield Group Limited; Director, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

In 1978, Tom, along with a few family members, purchased Layfield and used the company as a platform from which to build a larger plastics processing company. He quickly expanded the business from rigid plastics to other markets such as Environmental Containment, Industrial Fabrics and Blown Film production. The family business grew by expanding to new regions acquiring several synergistic companies in Alberta, Ontario and California. It is under Tom’s lead that the Layfield Group earned the title of one of this year’s Best Managed Companies by Canadian Business magazine. The company has grown, built on Tom’s commitment to high ethical standards and quality products.

Annette Sauder

Vice President of Supply Chain and Corporate Services, Layfield Group Limited

As the VP of Supply Chain and Corporate Services at Layfield Group, Annette oversees the Corporate Services department including Human Resources, IT, and Supply Chain.  Prior to her current role, she held the position of Director of Operations leading the manufacturing team for Layfield’s blown film, printing and converting facilities.  While working closely with her father, Tom, her husband, Jared and her brother, Mark, Annette enjoys the multiple professional and family roles she plays at Layfield .   In addition to her busy life within the family business, Annette and her husband Jared Sauder are proud parents to 3 young children.

Bill Sheffield

Board Director, Velan Inc

Bill is the Lead Director of family-owned enterprise, Velan Inc, in Montreal (Quebec). In addition to Velan, he serves on the Board of two other Canadian family-owned businesses: Burnbrae Farms, in Lyn (Ontario) and Longview Aviation, in Victoria (BC). Bill also serves on the Board of Directors at Canada Post and chairs the Board of Houston Wire & Cable. Bill started his career in the Canadian steel industry followed by forest products, and then went on to have more than 20 years of senior management experience for major manufacturers and marketers. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McMaster University. He has also completed an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD business school in France, has graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ governance college (earning the designation ICD.D), completed the FEX Family Enterprise Advisor program and has received his FEA- all designations that have only served to reinforce his role as a Trusted Advisor. Bill plays a role in not-for-profits as well, both as a Board Member of the Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) and it’s sister foundation (FEXF). All of this, in addition to bring on the board of SHAD, which provides Canada’s brightest high school students with as accelerated learning experience & networks in conjunction with 12 university campuses across the country.

Mark Rose

Vice President of Layfield Flexible Packaging, Layfield Group Limited

Certified Chartered Professional Accountant, Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.). and former Sales Manager at Panasonic for twelve years.  Mark’s current role as Vice-President for Layfield’s flexible packaging division for the past 8 years has kept him busy in his pursuit of creating the most premium flexible packaging for his customers.  Mark’s passion for the environment has motivated the revolutionary development of Bioflex™.  Bioflex™ is a commercially viable form of environmentally sustainable flexible plastic packaging that is designed to rapidly degrade in a landfill and create green sustainable energy.  As the husband of Sarah and father of three children himself, Mark works closely with his dad (and sister, Annette) to continue Layfield’s family legacy built on quality and integrity.

Tom Rose

Chairman, CEO and President, Layfield Group Limited; Director, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

In 1978, Tom, along with a few family members, purchased Layfield and used the company as a platform from which to build a larger plastics processing company. He quickly expanded the business from rigid plastics to other markets such as Environmental Containment, Industrial Fabrics and Blown Film production. The family business grew by expanding to new regions acquiring several synergistic companies in Alberta, Ontario and California. It is under Tom’s lead that the Layfield Group earned the title of one of this year’s Best Managed Companies by Canadian Business magazine. The company has grown, built on Tom’s commitment to high ethical standards and quality products.

Annette Sauder

Vice President of Supply Chain and Corporate Services, Layfield Group Limited

As the VP of Supply Chain and Corporate Services at Layfield Group, Annette oversees the Corporate Services department including Human Resources, IT, and Supply Chain.  Prior to her current role, she held the position of Director of Operations leading the manufacturing team for Layfield’s blown film, printing and converting facilities.  While working closely with her father, Tom, her husband, Jared and her brother, Mark, Annette enjoys the multiple professional and family roles she plays at Layfield .   In addition to her busy life within the family business, Annette and her husband Jared Sauder are proud parents to 3 young children.

Bill Sheffield

Board Director, Velan Inc

Bill is the Lead Director of family-owned enterprise, Velan Inc, in Montreal (Quebec). In addition to Velan, he serves on the Board of two other Canadian family-owned businesses: Burnbrae Farms, in Lyn (Ontario) and Longview Aviation, in Victoria (BC). Bill also serves on the Board of Directors at Canada Post and chairs the Board of Houston Wire & Cable. Bill started his career in the Canadian steel industry followed by forest products, and then went on to have more than 20 years of senior management experience for major manufacturers and marketers. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McMaster University. He has also completed an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD business school in France, has graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ governance college (earning the designation ICD.D), completed the FEX Family Enterprise Advisor program and has received his FEA- all designations that have only served to reinforce his role as a Trusted Advisor. Bill plays a role in not-for-profits as well, both as a Board Member of the Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) and it’s sister foundation (FEXF). All of this, in addition to bring on the board of SHAD, which provides Canada’s brightest high school students with as accelerated learning experience & networks in conjunction with 12 university campuses across the country.

Annette Sauder

Vice President of Supply Chain and Corporate Services, Layfield Group Limited

As the VP of Supply Chain and Corporate Services at Layfield Group, Annette oversees the Corporate Services department including Human Resources, IT, and Supply Chain.  Prior to her current role, she held the position of Director of Operations leading the manufacturing team for Layfield’s blown film, printing and converting facilities.  While working closely with her father, Tom, her husband, Jared and her brother, Mark, Annette enjoys the multiple professional and family roles she plays at Layfield .   In addition to her busy life within the family business, Annette and her husband Jared Sauder are proud parents to 3 young children.

Bill Sheffield

Board Director, Velan Inc

Bill is the Lead Director of family-owned enterprise, Velan Inc, in Montreal (Quebec). In addition to Velan, he serves on the Board of two other Canadian family-owned businesses: Burnbrae Farms, in Lyn (Ontario) and Longview Aviation, in Victoria (BC). Bill also serves on the Board of Directors at Canada Post and chairs the Board of Houston Wire & Cable. Bill started his career in the Canadian steel industry followed by forest products, and then went on to have more than 20 years of senior management experience for major manufacturers and marketers. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McMaster University. He has also completed an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD business school in France, has graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ governance college (earning the designation ICD.D), completed the FEX Family Enterprise Advisor program and has received his FEA- all designations that have only served to reinforce his role as a Trusted Advisor. Bill plays a role in not-for-profits as well, both as a Board Member of the Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) and it’s sister foundation (FEXF). All of this, in addition to bring on the board of SHAD, which provides Canada’s brightest high school students with as accelerated learning experience & networks in conjunction with 12 university campuses across the country.

Joel Solomon

Author, Clean Money Revolution; Chairman & Co-founder, Renewal Funds

Prior to the founding of Renewal Funds, Joel spent 14 years with founder (and funder) Carol Newell, implementing a “whole portfolio activation to a mission” strategy. As Executive Director of the Endswell Foundation, he guided the spend down of a 50-million-dollar endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock to become legacy charities – all while supporting the success of the renowned BC environmental community. More recently, Joel is the Co-Author of The Clean Money Revolution with Tyee Bridge, a book and a call to action to move trillions of dollars from damaging use, to regenerative use. In this book, he shares both personal experiences and the stories of countless role models, with the goal of educating owners and investors for a more sustainable future.

Ruth E Steverlynck

Principal, Your Family Enterprise

Ruth is a principal of Your Family Enterprise and works as a private consultant to family enterprises. Prior to establishing Your Family Enterprise, Ruth was a VP of Wealth Services with BMO Harris Private Banking. She joined BMO after serving as the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurs and Family Business with PwC, Vancouver. Ruth holds an honors LL B from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and holds numerous certificates and diplomas in mediation, conflict and dispute resolution. Ruth holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute in the USA and was one of the first Canadians to receive the Family Enterprise Advising (“FEA”) designation from the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors. Ruth teaches Governance in the FEA Program at UBC as well as Business Family Dynamics. Most recently Ruth has been appointed as one of two lead adjudicators for IFEA. Ruth’s civic and community involvement past and present include Board member for IFEA, the Advisory Board to the UBC Sauder, School of Business, Business Families Centre, Vice Chair of the Professional Advisory Council to the UBC Sauder School of Business, Business Families Centre; Director on the Executive Management Board of the DVBIA and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society. Ruth and her husband Erik have two sons. When Ruth is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, road biking and hiking.

Joel Solomon

Author, Clean Money Revolution; Chairman & Co-founder, Renewal Funds

Prior to the founding of Renewal Funds, Joel spent 14 years with founder (and funder) Carol Newell, implementing a “whole portfolio activation to a mission” strategy. As Executive Director of the Endswell Foundation, he guided the spend down of a 50-million-dollar endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock to become legacy charities – all while supporting the success of the renowned BC environmental community. More recently, Joel is the Co-Author of The Clean Money Revolution with Tyee Bridge, a book and a call to action to move trillions of dollars from damaging use, to regenerative use. In this book, he shares both personal experiences and the stories of countless role models, with the goal of educating owners and investors for a more sustainable future.

Ruth E Steverlynck

Principal, Your Family Enterprise

Ruth is a principal of Your Family Enterprise and works as a private consultant to family enterprises. Prior to establishing Your Family Enterprise, Ruth was a VP of Wealth Services with BMO Harris Private Banking. She joined BMO after serving as the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurs and Family Business with PwC, Vancouver. Ruth holds an honors LL B from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and holds numerous certificates and diplomas in mediation, conflict and dispute resolution. Ruth holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute in the USA and was one of the first Canadians to receive the Family Enterprise Advising (“FEA”) designation from the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors. Ruth teaches Governance in the FEA Program at UBC as well as Business Family Dynamics. Most recently Ruth has been appointed as one of two lead adjudicators for IFEA. Ruth’s civic and community involvement past and present include Board member for IFEA, the Advisory Board to the UBC Sauder, School of Business, Business Families Centre, Vice Chair of the Professional Advisory Council to the UBC Sauder School of Business, Business Families Centre; Director on the Executive Management Board of the DVBIA and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society. Ruth and her husband Erik have two sons. When Ruth is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, road biking and hiking.

Vanessa M. Strike

CIBC Professor in Applied Business Family Studies, Sauder School of Business at UBC

Vanessa received her PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2009.  Prior to joining the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vanessa was the founding and scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Family Business at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam School of Management.  Her research interests include Family Business, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Comparative Ownership Structures, and CSR.  In particular, Vanessa focuses on the challenges of governance and decision-making within the family firm, and on family firm advising. Vanessa has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Family Business Review, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Jyoti Stephens

Senior Director of Human Resources and Sustainability, Nature's Path

Jyoti Stephens has a deep-rooted passion for sustainability and organics. As a third generation family member and Senior Director of Human Resources and Sustainability for Nature’s Path Organic Foods, she is deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and the company’s mission of “leaving the earth better than you found it”. She works with cross-departmental teams to help manage sustainability goals and ensure the company is doing its best to create systems that reduce the unnecessary use of resources. Jyoti served on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association for four years and chaired the Marketing and Recruitment sub-committee for the past year. She has been an active member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Fundraising team for the past year, helping the organization meet its key financial goals. In addition, Jyoti was awarded the Women of Spirit Fledgling Chick award and in 2007, she won a competition fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts (UK). Jyoti was also the runner-up in Metropolis Magazine’s NEXT Generation design competition for Beeline, a project for optimizing and supporting local food systems. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria and an MBA with a focus on Sustainable Food and Agriculture from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Joel Solomon

Author, Clean Money Revolution; Chairman & Co-founder, Renewal Funds

Prior to the founding of Renewal Funds, Joel spent 14 years with founder (and funder) Carol Newell, implementing a “whole portfolio activation to a mission” strategy. As Executive Director of the Endswell Foundation, he guided the spend down of a 50-million-dollar endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock to become legacy charities – all while supporting the success of the renowned BC environmental community. More recently, Joel is the Co-Author of The Clean Money Revolution with Tyee Bridge, a book and a call to action to move trillions of dollars from damaging use, to regenerative use. In this book, he shares both personal experiences and the stories of countless role models, with the goal of educating owners and investors for a more sustainable future.

Ruth E Steverlynck

Principal, Your Family Enterprise

Ruth is a principal of Your Family Enterprise and works as a private consultant to family enterprises. Prior to establishing Your Family Enterprise, Ruth was a VP of Wealth Services with BMO Harris Private Banking. She joined BMO after serving as the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurs and Family Business with PwC, Vancouver. Ruth holds an honors LL B from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and holds numerous certificates and diplomas in mediation, conflict and dispute resolution. Ruth holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute in the USA and was one of the first Canadians to receive the Family Enterprise Advising (“FEA”) designation from the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors. Ruth teaches Governance in the FEA Program at UBC as well as Business Family Dynamics. Most recently Ruth has been appointed as one of two lead adjudicators for IFEA. Ruth’s civic and community involvement past and present include Board member for IFEA, the Advisory Board to the UBC Sauder, School of Business, Business Families Centre, Vice Chair of the Professional Advisory Council to the UBC Sauder School of Business, Business Families Centre; Director on the Executive Management Board of the DVBIA and the Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society. Ruth and her husband Erik have two sons. When Ruth is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, road biking and hiking.

Vanessa M. Strike

CIBC Professor in Applied Business Family Studies, Sauder School of Business at UBC

Vanessa received her PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2009.  Prior to joining the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vanessa was the founding and scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Family Business at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam School of Management.  Her research interests include Family Business, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Comparative Ownership Structures, and CSR.  In particular, Vanessa focuses on the challenges of governance and decision-making within the family firm, and on family firm advising. Vanessa has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Family Business Review, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Jyoti Stephens

Senior Director of Human Resources and Sustainability, Nature's Path

Jyoti Stephens has a deep-rooted passion for sustainability and organics. As a third generation family member and Senior Director of Human Resources and Sustainability for Nature’s Path Organic Foods, she is deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and the company’s mission of “leaving the earth better than you found it”. She works with cross-departmental teams to help manage sustainability goals and ensure the company is doing its best to create systems that reduce the unnecessary use of resources. Jyoti served on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association for four years and chaired the Marketing and Recruitment sub-committee for the past year. She has been an active member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Fundraising team for the past year, helping the organization meet its key financial goals. In addition, Jyoti was awarded the Women of Spirit Fledgling Chick award and in 2007, she won a competition fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts (UK). Jyoti was also the runner-up in Metropolis Magazine’s NEXT Generation design competition for Beeline, a project for optimizing and supporting local food systems. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria and an MBA with a focus on Sustainable Food and Agriculture from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Vanessa M. Strike

CIBC Professor in Applied Business Family Studies, Sauder School of Business at UBC

Vanessa received her PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2009.  Prior to joining the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vanessa was the founding and scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Family Business at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam School of Management.  Her research interests include Family Business, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Comparative Ownership Structures, and CSR.  In particular, Vanessa focuses on the challenges of governance and decision-making within the family firm, and on family firm advising. Vanessa has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Family Business Review, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Jyoti Stephens

Senior Director of Human Resources and Sustainability, Nature's Path

Jyoti Stephens has a deep-rooted passion for sustainability and organics. As a third generation family member and Senior Director of Human Resources and Sustainability for Nature’s Path Organic Foods, she is deeply committed to sustainable agriculture and the company’s mission of “leaving the earth better than you found it”. She works with cross-departmental teams to help manage sustainability goals and ensure the company is doing its best to create systems that reduce the unnecessary use of resources. Jyoti served on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association for four years and chaired the Marketing and Recruitment sub-committee for the past year. She has been an active member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Fundraising team for the past year, helping the organization meet its key financial goals. In addition, Jyoti was awarded the Women of Spirit Fledgling Chick award and in 2007, she won a competition fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts (UK). Jyoti was also the runner-up in Metropolis Magazine’s NEXT Generation design competition for Beeline, a project for optimizing and supporting local food systems. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria and an MBA with a focus on Sustainable Food and Agriculture from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

Ratana Stephens

Co-founder, Nature's Path

Ratana began her career in India as a college lecturer (MA in English Literature and a BA in Psychology). After moving to Canada, she and her husband Arran started Nature’s Path Foods with very little capital, out of the back of their restaurant.  As Co-CEO, Ratana is often described as the ‘heart’ of the company and is at the center of every development. Ratana has been recognized with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award along with several other awards for community service. A role model for entrepreneurial women, she is committed to opportunities that meet the needs of people and planet. Ratana and Arran are parents of three daughter and a son, who are passionately involved in various aspects of the enterprise.

Allen S. Taylor

Chair of The Board of Directors, Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX);President and CEO of L.E. Taylor Associates Limited

Allen is a third generation owner of Taylor Associates, a diversified metals processing company. He has a natural, entrepreneurial spirit and innovative character, that allows him to invest in new businesses and to invest time in worthwhile projects. Allen is currently Chair of Family Enterprise Xchange, a national organization with opportunities to meet locally in an open environment to exchange knowledge and wisdom in family business.

Ratana Stephens

Co-founder, Nature's Path

Ratana began her career in India as a college lecturer (MA in English Literature and a BA in Psychology). After moving to Canada, she and her husband Arran started Nature’s Path Foods with very little capital, out of the back of their restaurant.  As Co-CEO, Ratana is often described as the ‘heart’ of the company and is at the center of every development. Ratana has been recognized with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award along with several other awards for community service. A role model for entrepreneurial women, she is committed to opportunities that meet the needs of people and planet. Ratana and Arran are parents of three daughter and a son, who are passionately involved in various aspects of the enterprise.

Allen S. Taylor

Chair of The Board of Directors, Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX);President and CEO of L.E. Taylor Associates Limited

Allen is a third generation owner of Taylor Associates, a diversified metals processing company. He has a natural, entrepreneurial spirit and innovative character, that allows him to invest in new businesses and to invest time in worthwhile projects. Allen is currently Chair of Family Enterprise Xchange, a national organization with opportunities to meet locally in an open environment to exchange knowledge and wisdom in family business.

Rob Velan

Board Member, Director and Vice-President of Customer Service, Velan Inc

After years of experience in the family business, Velan Inc., Rob became Vice-president of Customer Service in 2016. Member of the 3rd generation of the Velan Group, Rob takes an active part in developing educational opportunities for the G3 as a part of their individual career development plans. With a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Operations and Strategy from Cornell University and a Professional Director certification from Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), Rob has a demonstrated history of success in the field of industrial manufacturing. He is especially engaged in helping his generation take strong leadership roles and stay innovative for the benefit of their family and business.

Jérémie Voix

Head of the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies

Professor Jérémie Voix is an acoustics specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in workplace noise mitigation. Since 2000, he has worked in both academic and industrial settings, published his fundamental and applied research results, and continued to register patents for an advanced individual hearing protection solution developed by EERS (NSERC-EERS). Professor Voix has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications as well as a dozen patents. His many and continuous contributions to the field are driven by a passion for research and education.

Ratana Stephens

Co-founder, Nature's Path

Ratana began her career in India as a college lecturer (MA in English Literature and a BA in Psychology). After moving to Canada, she and her husband Arran started Nature’s Path Foods with very little capital, out of the back of their restaurant.  As Co-CEO, Ratana is often described as the ‘heart’ of the company and is at the center of every development. Ratana has been recognized with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award along with several other awards for community service. A role model for entrepreneurial women, she is committed to opportunities that meet the needs of people and planet. Ratana and Arran are parents of three daughter and a son, who are passionately involved in various aspects of the enterprise.

Allen S. Taylor

Chair of The Board of Directors, Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX);President and CEO of L.E. Taylor Associates Limited

Allen is a third generation owner of Taylor Associates, a diversified metals processing company. He has a natural, entrepreneurial spirit and innovative character, that allows him to invest in new businesses and to invest time in worthwhile projects. Allen is currently Chair of Family Enterprise Xchange, a national organization with opportunities to meet locally in an open environment to exchange knowledge and wisdom in family business.

Rob Velan

Board Member, Director and Vice-President of Customer Service, Velan Inc

After years of experience in the family business, Velan Inc., Rob became Vice-president of Customer Service in 2016. Member of the 3rd generation of the Velan Group, Rob takes an active part in developing educational opportunities for the G3 as a part of their individual career development plans. With a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Operations and Strategy from Cornell University and a Professional Director certification from Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), Rob has a demonstrated history of success in the field of industrial manufacturing. He is especially engaged in helping his generation take strong leadership roles and stay innovative for the benefit of their family and business.

Jérémie Voix

Head of the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies

Professor Jérémie Voix is an acoustics specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in workplace noise mitigation. Since 2000, he has worked in both academic and industrial settings, published his fundamental and applied research results, and continued to register patents for an advanced individual hearing protection solution developed by EERS (NSERC-EERS). Professor Voix has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications as well as a dozen patents. His many and continuous contributions to the field are driven by a passion for research and education.

Rob Velan

Board Member, Director and Vice-President of Customer Service, Velan Inc

After years of experience in the family business, Velan Inc., Rob became Vice-president of Customer Service in 2016. Member of the 3rd generation of the Velan Group, Rob takes an active part in developing educational opportunities for the G3 as a part of their individual career development plans. With a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Operations and Strategy from Cornell University and a Professional Director certification from Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), Rob has a demonstrated history of success in the field of industrial manufacturing. He is especially engaged in helping his generation take strong leadership roles and stay innovative for the benefit of their family and business.

Jérémie Voix

Head of the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies

Professor Jérémie Voix is an acoustics specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in workplace noise mitigation. Since 2000, he has worked in both academic and industrial settings, published his fundamental and applied research results, and continued to register patents for an advanced individual hearing protection solution developed by EERS (NSERC-EERS). Professor Voix has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications as well as a dozen patents. His many and continuous contributions to the field are driven by a passion for research and education.

Our location: The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Commemorating some of the most notable entrepreneurs in Vancouver’s history, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre is located on the UBC Campus just 20 minutes West of Downtown Vancouver.

For those looking to stay in the city center, the Family Matters Forum has secured a preferential rate for your stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim where the Dinner Amongst Owners will be taking place. Transportation will also be provided from this Fairmont hotel to and from the UBC Campus on Thursday October 19 and Friday October 20. Please note that a link will be provided upon registering for the Forum.

Forum Registration

The Family Matters Forum has been designed for entrepreneurial families, but we welcome advisors to accompany a family they work with to leverage the Forum as an opportunity to learn together. 

Your registration to the Family Matters Forum 2017 includes:

Dinner Amongst Owners
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A seat at the Celebrating Entrepreneurs of Influence dinner on the evening of October 18. Special guest speaker
Joel Solomon, author of The Clean Money Revolution.

Conference access

Two days of the Family Matters Forum speaker presentations and interactive sessions

Networking opportunities

A networking cocktail on the evening of October 19 at the Alumni Centre

Transportation

Buses from Downtown Vancouver to the UBC Campus on October 19-20 will be provided

Exclusive content

Access to all filmed sessions and shared resources. Non-subscribers will also receive one year of Premium Access to BFF’s online education.

Make it a family affair!

At Business Families Foundation, we strongly encourage you to attend these thought‐provoking and insightful events as a family.