CAFE Canada

2015 Keynote Speakers

The CAFE Family Business Symposium program includes a unique combination of dynamic, motivational and educational keynotes as well as hands on, roll up your sleeves and get to it workshops that will provide you and your family with the ultimate learning opportunity for family business in Canada! Here are the keynotes scheduled for 2015 (click on each photo to view their biographies and additional details):

Our MC   

Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

Steve Beauchesne, co-founder of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, has unique insight having effectively taken over management of Beau’s All Natural over the last 5 years, after starting the business in a partnership with his dad, Tim, in 2006. His mom, Denise retired from the Beau’s accounting team about two years ago, and Steve’s two siblings, Jennifer and Philip, currently work at the brewery in the roles of Communications Director and Production Planner respectively.


All Heart   

Michael "Pinball" Clemons

Join us for this spectacular gala celebration, featuring a keynote address by Canadian Football League legend Michael "Pinball" Clemons, as we honour the 2015 CAFE Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) National Recipient Morley Hoppner, National Finalists LiquiForce and Cresco as well as celebrate the overall contribution of family business to Canada’s culture and economy!

Michael is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, and personal integrity. With boundless energy and moments of quiet introspection, he talks about teamwork and the potential each of us has to achieve anything we set our minds to. Good-natured and unabashedly emotional, he shows you how to put your heart into everything you do!


Back to the Future with CAFE Founding Families

Llewellyn S. Smith (ED Smith & Sons), Tim Hogarth (Pioneer Energy), Richard Sifton (Sifton Properties Limited), John Pigott (Morrison Lamothe Inc.) and Judi Cunningham (Family Business Advisor)

Join us for an illuminating panel discussion with a few of the business families that helped establish CAFE and some of its chapters. Panelists include Llewellyn S. Smith (ED Smith & Sons), Tim Hogarth (Pioneer Energy) Richard Sifton (Sifton Properties Limited) and John Pigott (Morrison Lamothe Inc.). Moderated by Judi Cunningham, the panelists will go back in time to share their family business stories including how and why they came to be involved in the foundation of CAFE and the impact CAFE had on their family, as well as providing insights into the best practices that made their business family successful for future generations. To view their biographies, click here.

The Sobey Family, Learnings from a Family Business    

Rob Sobey, Empire/Sobeys

Sobeys Inc. is a $21 billion company with approximately 1,500 corporate and franchised stores and 125,000 employees across Canada. Rob is a fourth generation family business member and will share his unique experience and insight into this tremendously successful multi-generational Canadian family business.


From Harry to Larry to ?? 

Larry Rosen, Harry Rosen Inc.

Founded in 1954 by the man whose name the chain still bears, Harry Rosen Inc. has grown from a single store in Toronto to become Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer with 17 stores across the country.

Join us for this special fire-side chat with Steve Paikin, anchor of TVO's flagship current affairs program ‘The Agenda with Steve Paikin’ and Larry Rosen, CEO of Harry Rosen Inc. as Larry shares his families' journey, successful transition and thoughts on what lays ahead.


The Family Enterprise Foundation Family Business Speaker Series presents:
Emotional Ownership of the Family Business

Dana Telford, The Family Business Consulting Group

Join Dana in an engaging, thought provoking discussion on how to set the vision, clarify expectations and map out a plan for achieving Family Business continuity and turning Emotional Ownership into a shared sense of pride and trust that strengthens your family business.

Dana Telford’s presentation was made possible through the Family Enterprise Foundation’s new Family Business Speaker Series. The foundation would like to acknowledge Ferguslea Properties Inc. for their generous donation towards this program.

Sharing Family Business Best Practices

Doug Bolger, Learn2 Solutions

Collaboration accelerates innovation, so get ready for interactive, engaging collaboration on a grand scale by sharing best practices in family business to make you succeed.



Winning Body Language for Optimizing Family Communication

Mark Bowden, TRUTHPLANE™ Inc.

As a world renowned body language expert, Mark will take the CAFE audience through a humorous journey to understand simple, but powerful techniques that create the most dynamic, influential and persuasive communication crucial in family business situations.




If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!

Jeremy Miller, Sticky Branding

What made your family business successful won’t make it successful.

At some point your business will face a critical incident. It’s inevitable. You will face a significant challenge that will force you to rethink, reimagine, and reposition your business. Many family businesses are not equipped to handle these situations, and some even falter and fail. But you can not only survive, you can thrive.