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The Family Business FORUM

On October 4, 2016, The Family Business FORUM will be held at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario. This is the ultimate gathering for family enterprise in Central Ontario and represents a unique opportunity for your organization to connect and network with owners, founders, management executives, academics and advisors of family businesses from across Ontario as they meet to learn, share experiences and celebrate their success! 

The Family Business FORUM is a half day conference, featuring speakers delivering short, 20 minute ‘Talks’ on trends, best practices and issues of particular relevance to Family Business. The theme for this year's FORUM will be Protecting Your Family Business: Reputation, Relationships and Assets. 

Networking is an integral part of The Family Business FORUM experience therefore we have ½ hour networking break scheduled so delegates and speakers can engage in open dialogue. Distractions will be minimal and interactions maximized.  It’s a fast paced, engaging way to learn, connect and network!

Register before August 17 to receive early-bird member pricing of $100!

Learn and Earn!

The Family Business FORUM is pre-approved by IFEA for Continuing Education (CE) credits. IFEA grants 1 CE credit for every educational hour. FORUM offers 2 solid hours of educational learning that will enhance, improve and expand FEA designates’ skills, knowledge and abilities in the field of family enterprise advising - attend FORUM to learn and earn 2 CE credits!

Speaker Lineup will be updated in coming weeks- check back often!

Speakers


Maria Galipo


From Soft News to Hard News In the Blink of an Eye: Protecting the Family Business When Crisis Hits

On June 18, 2012, Maria Galipo, CEO of Sicilian Ice Cream, found herself facing a crisis that she never would have imagined: a shooting at her family’s ice cream parlour, The Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe,  in Toronto’s Little Italy. In the immediate aftermath, Maria and her family dealt with frightened employees, the closure of the business as officials launched investigations, and intense media attention.

Maria will take you through how she and her family navigated this terrible event, determined to protect the family business’s reputation, relationships with each other, staff, patrons and the community, and their company’s bottom line. Her talk will touch on the vital importance of having a crisis communications plan, and to be prepared when disaster strikes. No one is immune from tragedy, but a solid plan can help you emerge not only intact, but stronger and more committed than ever to serving your customers and community.

Paul Attia

Love, Loyalty and Legacy: Protecting the Family Business That Helped Build a New Life in Canada

Building a family business from scratch is challenging. Building it from scratch as a new immigrant to Canada is even tougher. As the son of Egyptian immigrants, Paul Attia, Vice-President of Attia Quarry, has witnessed first-hand the struggles, hard work and dedication it takes to start a family business. His father, Eid Attia, arrived in Canada in 1964 with $300 in his pocket and a fierce resolve to “build a better life in Canada for my family for this generation and the next.”

Eid succeeded in building a strong base for his family in Canada, first as a restaurant owner and later as the founder of the quarry business in Ramara, Ontario. He and his wife raised three children including Paul, who went on to launch a successful career as a criminal prosecutor with the Crown Attorney’s Office. In 2013 however, Paul made a critical decision to leave law to join his father in running the family business.

What led to his decision?

A love for his family, a vision for the future, and a strong desire to protect his family and the foundation created by his parents for the life they created in Canada.   Paul will discuss the factors that led to his decision, what motivates and drives him, and how he balances running the family business while also maintaining a successful law practise, raising a family of four children and being actively involved as an advocate for new Canadians, a speaker and writer.

Sarah Bull

How to Control and Protect Your Family's Financial Future

Wealth transition is an inevitable part of the family business lifecycle.  However the transition occurs, whether through retirement or through the sale of a business, living off a portfolio requires a shift in thinking. In this session, join Sarah Bull, Partner and Portfolio Manager at KJ Harrison as she highlights steps which can be taken to help your family control and protect their financial future. Using real life examples, she will walk you through strategies to help preserve your family legacy and gain some perspective on the potential risks which could impact your business. Sarah will also share wisdom and insights from some of history’s great investment minds and discuss how their past experiences and observations can provide many valuable lessons for your family in the current financial environment.

To view Sarah's bio, click here.

 

Caroline Abela

Marie-Andrée Vermette

Disgruntled and Dismissed: How to Prevent and Deal with Damage to Your Business Reputation and Assets 

Disgruntled or dismissed employees can cause harm to your business operations and reputation. Caroline Abela and Marie-Andrée Vermette, partners at WeirFoulds LLP, will discuss how certain legal and practical tools can be used in order to prevent or remedy damage such as:

  • defamation (including Internet defamation);
  • wrongful taking or use of confidential and proprietary information;
  • theft and fraud; and
  • solicitation of clients and other employees.

The presentation will also touch on strategies for promoting harmony and equality among family and non-family employees, to reduce the risk for harmful actions against the business.

To view Caroline's bio, click here. To view Marie-Andrée's, click here.


Nathalie Boutet

Divorce: Protecting the Family Member and the Family Business When a Marital Breakdown Occurs

Families who devote their lives nurturing their business often are ill-prepared for marital breakdowns that pose risks to the well-being of individuals and businesses. Find out why being the first to act when the divorce is announced may save the family and the business from a path of destruction.

Nathalie Boutet, experienced Family Law lawyer, Accredited Mediator and certified Family Enterprise Advisor™, offers unique strategies and out-of-court results to the complex human, legal and financial matters related to separation or divorce within businesses and family enterprises.In this session, Nathalie will focus on:

  • Top 10 list of what people do at the initial stages of divorce and explanation of whether it is beneficial or hurtful in the short and long term
  • Top 5 risks to a family business if the marital dispute is not contained
  • Best strategies to try to gain control over the process    
  • Why being the first to act when the divorce is announced may save the family and business from going down the wrong road

To view Nathalie's bio, click here.



 





 


 

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New! Vendor Expo

On October 4, be sure to check out the relevant products or services from these participating organizations. Expo area  will be set up in the lobby of the Living Arts Centre.

 
         
          

 

       
   
   

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