CAFE Vancouver was started in 1983 as one of the founding chapters under CAFE National. Interested in the common mandate of CAFE National, well known family business owners took on the challenge of creating and promoting an association dedicated to the well being and success of family businesses in British Columbia.
1-Day Family Business Workshop with Deena Chochinov
October 19, 2016
Courageous Conversations About Family and Business
McCarthy Tétrault - Suite 2400 – 745 Thurlow Street (southeast corner of Thurlow and Alberni)
Open to both CAFE Members and Non-Member family businesses.
To register online click here,
DOI CHAANG COFFEE COMPANY LTD. RECEIVES CAFE VANCOUVER 2016 FAMILY ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR AWARD
September 20, 2016 – The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) named Doi Chaang Coffee Company Ltd. the 2016 Vancouver Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) at its award breakfast held today at the Vancouver Club, Vancouver this morning. On hand to accept this distinguished award were three members of the Darch Family. John M Darch and his son John A and daughter Katharine.
The awards breakfast was sponsored by McCarthy Tetrault, Hemlock Printers, Klassen Business Group, KPMG, ZLC Financial and ABC Recycling, recognizing the significant achievement made within a family enterprise. The Darch Family participated in a wonderful panel discussion to an audience of 70 people in attendance to celebrate this remarkable family business.
Doi Chaang Coffee Company Ltd is a private, Vancouver-based, family- owned and operated company established in 2007. Doi Chaang Coffee Co. is a 50- 50 relationship between the Darch family and the Akha hill tribe of Doi Chang Village located in Northern Thailand. Their farmers have been gifted 50% ownership in the Canadian Doi Chaang Coffee Company which is funded 100% by the Canadian side. All of this means Doi Chaang goes 'Beyond Fair Trade'. “It is not about being a charity – it's a way to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of Doi Chaang Coffee for all involved - and that is something we are very proud of." says John A. Darch, President and CEO.
In under a decade, this unique partnership has been able to transform the lives of so many people in the Doi Chaang Village who were once ostracized, deprived and without hope of a brighter future for themselves or their children. The success of Doi Chaang Coffee has greatly benefited the Akha hill tribe community. The village now has running water, electricity, a basic sewage system, a medical clinic and a small school. The village also has improved road conditions for easier access to the city and its amenities. A self-sufficient and self-directed coffee producers, the Akha people of Doi Chaang Village are able to maintain their heritage and cultural values while providing economic stability and growth for their community. Many of the youth are now receiving higher levels of education and returning to their Akha roots in Doi Chaang Village to share the prosperity of the coffee company.
Aeronn Zlotnik, President of CAFE Vancouver Region, was on hand to present the award. The 2016 CAFE Vancouver Family Enterprise of the Year Award Committee, Karen Bichin (Chair), ABC Recycling, Miranda Lam, McCarthy Tetrault, Dick Kouwenhoven, Hemlock Printing, Travis Klassen, Klassen Business Group, John Bathurst, family business consultant, previously of BMO and Colleen Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, CAFE Vancouver considered each applicant’s business mission and vision, long-term business plan, governance practices and succession of the business to the next generation. The growth of the company and the families’ involvement in community were also a consideration as well as the companies’ and families’ greatest business achievement.
The Family Enterprise of the Year Awards was created in 1986 out of a need to promote and demonstrate the value and importance of a critical segment of the Canadian economy – Family Business. This prestigious award acknowledges the importance of family enterprise in today’s changing economy. Regional finalists are recognized in CAFE Chapters across Canada and the national winner will be highlighted at the CAFE Canada Symposium which will take place in Halifax on June 14, 2017.