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
Be sure to join us at the Uplands Golf Club as we recognize this year's CAFE VI FEYA Recipient, The Canada Homestay Network!
CAFE Members: $75
CAFE Affiliate Members: $90
Future Members: $95
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April 8, 2015: Growing your Business with panelists: Mandy Farmer (Accent Inns), Mike Black (Capital Iron), Rod Parker (Parker Johnston Industries), Adam McLean (Bank of Montreal) and Derrold Norgaard, Facilitator (Norgaard Ktatofil Professional Group)
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June 10, 2015: Family Business Celebration
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(L to R: Robin, Fraser & Jennifer Wilson)
Be sure to join us at our CAFE VI FEYA Gala on February 18th as we recognize this year's Recipient, The Canada Homestay Network and finalists: My Tech Guys from Comox, (Bob Wells, Owner) and Page’s Resort & Marina from Gabriola Island (Gloria Hatfield, Owner and President).
The Canada Homestay Network, CAFE Vancouver Island family business member has hosted tens of thousands of students from 120 countries who come to Canada to learn English. Robin Wilson started the business in 1995 and together with her husband, Fraser Wilson, and daughter, Jennifer Wilson; they have built the largest national Homestay business in Canada.
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IN THIS ISSUE...
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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