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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!

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!


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.






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