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.
February 18, 2015: FEYA Gala
April 8, 2015: Growing your Business with panelists: Mandy Farmer (Accent Inns), Mike Black (Capital Iron) and Adam McLean (Bankof Montreal).
June 10, 2015: Family Business Celebration
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CAFE VI Family Business Member
When asked what you do, Mike Hipwell, General Manager of Bottle Depot replied, “We give out money and provide free services.”
D’Arcy Hipwell as sole proprietor started bottle Depot 20 years ago. Now as President and CEO, he and son, Mike, oversee a company that employs 50 people and has the reputation of being a leader in the industry. They recycle a wide variety of products beyond beverage containers: batteries; electronics (including toys); small appliances; fixtures; light bulbs; plastic and styrofoam. The battery service alone is impressive. Since 2011, the company has shipped almost 7,711 kg (17,000 lbs) of primary and rechargeable batteries.
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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.
Sponsors present at Family Business Stories on November 19, 2014.
CAFE Vancouver Island is committed to helping business families succeed, as are our local sponsors listed below (click on image to view larger format). Interested in CAFE Vancouver Island Sponsorship Opportunities? Click here.
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