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.
September 24, 2015 – Member Appreciation & AGM @ the Capital Iron Outdoor Patio Area
October 13, 2015
Dynamic event with David C Bentall: Fireproofing Your Business!
For more details and to register, click here or on image.
November 2015 – Meet the Business; An inside look at how a CAFE VI member does it!
5:30-7pm (date & member TBA)
December 2, 2015 – Xmas Cheer @ the Holiday Inn Express (member). New hotel tour, wine & cheese
& a draw for a luxury stay in the Jacuzzi Suite.
February 11, 2016 – Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) @ the Victoria Golf Club
March 24, 2016 – Family Business Stories on Happy Staff; Getting & Keeping the Best Staff @ Harbour Towers
May 18, 2016 – Employment Law; What do you need to know? @ the Cedar Hills Golf Club
Jun 9, 2016 – Family Business Celebration; Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy
5:30-7:30pm (location TBA)
Summer 2015 Newsletter
In This Issue...
CAFE Canada & Centralization Plans, Message from CAFE VI President, Andy Spurling
2015/16 Season at a Glance
Event: Fireproofing Your Business with David C Bentall
Member Profile: Country Grocer
PAG Retreat Experience by Kathy Tough
Member Profile: Serenity Home Care
Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy: Photo Gallery
Growing Your Business Success
Member Profile: McCall Bros.
Welcome New Member
Thank You Program Sponsors
CAFE Members In the News
This is Where You Come In
CAFE VI Board of Directors
Get Social with CAFE VI
Become a Member
CAFE VI Family Business Member
Country Grocer (once called Food Country) first opened in Nanaimo, BC in August 1984 as an independent store buying from a wholesaler. The business was developed with a key set of values in mind. First and most importantly, customers would receive the best in meats, seafood, deli items, baked goods, fresh produce and a wide variety of grocery products at reasonable prices.
Secondly, Country Grocer would provide support to community groups, sports teams, schools and local charities in the neighbourhoods surrounding the stores. Furthermore, team members would be committed to getting to know customers better in order to deliver on their expectations and desires.
Much to everyone's delight, the Nanaimo store was immediately successful and quickly followed up with a second store in 1986. Located in the Esquimalt Shopping Centre in Victoria, BC the store became the primary grocery retailer for this fast growing neighbourhood.
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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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