Over 100 guests joined the Cresco family at CAFE NS' fall Family Business Dinner held at Brightwood Golf and Country Club last month. Cresco is a well-known family and construction / land development company. The business partners behind Cresco are Hossein Mousavi, an Iranian who once drove cabs in Halifax before turning to building houses, and Taleb Abidali, an Iraqi son of a house builder and a former school principal. A revolution in Iran pushed Mousavi away from his studies in medicine. He moved to Canada to study at St. Francis Xavier University before he started building houses in the 1980s. Abidali was just days away from relocating with his family from Kuwait to Toronto and a new life in Canada when a friend persuaded him to try Nova Scotia, at least for a few months. It would be an unlikely alliance in their homelands, but today Cresco celebrate 26 years of a 2nd generation family business partnership.
Dr. Bob Blunden facilitated an honest and open conversation with 1st generation, Hossein and Taleb, and 2nd generation Amanée and Farhang on what it takes to establish and grow a business in Nova Scotia and how their family has changed the landscape of home development and construction in our region.
Many thanks to our sponsors Boyne Clarke and WBLI!
CAFE Nova Scotia and TD Bank are honored to have Ian and his cousin Leslie Wilson as our 2016 Peter Wilson Dinner speakers. Ian and Leslie will share some of their family business history and will tell dinner guests some of their business and succession strategies that have guided them into their eight generation!
2016 Peter Wison Dinner: Mark Friday, May 6, 2016 on your event calendar - 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm - Cunard Centre, Halifax Nova Scotia
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CAFE Personal Advisory Groups (PAGs) are operational in CAFE chapters across Canada. Have a look at what members in one chapter say about the experience by clicking on the video below.
Why do PAGs work so well?
Probably the most common challenge family business members face is isolation – it is often difficult to discuss problems with other family members, and those outside family business may not understand the nuances of family enterprise. Participation in a PAG helps resolve this problem by serving as your dedicated 'board of advisors'.
A PAG is a group of 8-12 CAFE members from different non-compteting family businesses who meet monthly to support each other by sharing personal, family and business experiences in a highly confidential and supportive environment. PAGs are open to all family members and CAFE Vancouver Island also provides the opportunity for advisor members to join PAGs upon satisfying some criteria.
PAGs are unique not only because of their specific focus on business family issues, but in terms of the support, mentorship and friendship they provide.
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CAFE Nova Scotia was launched in the fall of 1997. We now recognize our Chapter's beginnings at our annual Peter Wilson Dinner. The late Peter Wilson, Wilson Fuel Co. Ltd. was one of the principal founders of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise’s Nova Scotia Chapter, and is remembered and honored annually at the Peter Wilson Dinner for all he gave toward the development of family business.