CAFE Vancouver Island has been providing support to a community of family businesses on Vancouver Island since 1995. Our mission is to promote the well-being and understanding of families in business, by encouraging, educating and informing members in disciplines unique to the family business.
CAFE Vancouver Island Early History
CAFE Vancouver Island had a quick start. Gregg Abbott (Halsey Insurance & Investment Services) along with Glenn Crawford (KPMG) paved the way, and Steven Dagg (formerly of Copeland Communications) soon became part of the team. The early interest of these pioneers, and many others who believed in the value of creating a meeting place for family businesses, was essential as they organized to establish the foundation for a vibrant CAFE Vancouver Island.
CAFE’s founding dinner at Laurel Point Inn in early October 1995 was attended by 125 families. The program consisted of the video Fair vs Equal with planned breaks for discussion along with a family business story by Llewellyn Smith of E. D. Smith. The room was buzzing.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
Xmas Cheer @ the Holiday Inn Express (member)
New hotel tour, wine & cheese & a draw for a luxury stay in the Jacuzzi Suite.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 9am-4pm
GET real - Leading through Conflict in the Family Business @ the Oswego Hotel
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Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30-8pm
Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) @ the Victoria Golf Club
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 5:30-8pm
Family Business Stories on Happy Staff
Getting & Keeping the Best Staff @ Harbour Towers
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:30-8pm
What do you need to know? @ the Cedar Hills Golf Club
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Thursday, June 9, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm (location TBA)
Family Business Celebration
Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy
Established in 1986, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) is given annually by CAFE to recognize, celebrate and promote the achievements of Canadian family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy.
To nominate a worthy business family in the Vancouver Island area please complete the FEYA Nomination form. We welcome self-nominations. Please submit your completed form to Bernadine Rudichuk, Managing Director, CAFE Vancouver Island via email at: email@example.com.
Fall/Winter 2015 Newsletter
In this issue...
CAFE VI Family Business Member
(L to R: Fred, Anne, Steve, Natasha & Ramon Farmer)
Associated Sheet Metal is a second generation family run business, celebrating their 50th year in 2015. It was founded by Ray Farmer and Alf Kobley in Esquimalt in 1965, then sold to Ray's three sons, Fred, Raymond and Stephen, upon Ray's retirement in 1995. The sons moved the business to much larger premises in Keating Industrial Park on the Saanich Peninsula in 1996. They worked in the business in their teens, then became ticketed journeymen in the sheet metal trade, now having accumulated 120 years’ experience between themselves. Sister Anne and Stephen's daughter Natasha also work in the office.
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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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