Friends and families of CAFE, save the date May 20-22, 2015 and plan to join us at our annual conference, the ultimate gathering of family enterprise in Canada! CAFE's 2015 Family Business Symposium will consist of 2 ½ days of keynote presentations and interactive workshops delivered by industry experts. This is a unique opportunity to connect and network with more than 300 owners, founders, management executives, academics and advisors of family businesses from across Canada as they meet to learn, share experiences and celebrate their success! CAFE is pleased to announce that we will host this amazing event at the landmark downtown Toronto hotel, The Westin Harbour Castle!
The CAFE Family Business Symposium program includes a unique combination of dynamic, motivational and educational keynotes as well as hands on, roll up your sleeves and get to it workshops that will provide you and your family with the ultimate learning opportunity for family business in Canada! Stay tuned as more keynotes and interactive workshops to be announced in the coming weeks. Here are a just a few of the workshops schduled for 2015:
Rob Sobey, Empire/Sobeys
As a fourth generation Sobey family business member, Rob worked at Sobeys Inc. for 33 years. He held full-time management positions during his first 25 years with Sobeys, the last eight as President and CEO of Lawtons Drugs. He serves on the private board of Seafort Capital, and the public boards of Empire Co., DHX Media Ltd., and Norvista Capital. Rob serves on the HRCC and Corporate Governance Committees of Empire/Sobeys and chairs the HRCC Committee of DHX.
Revelations of The Family Business Owner – Uncovering The Mysteries Of A Successful Financial Future
Jeff Sproul, Vice-President of Wealth Management at Northland Wealth Management
The success of the business family is often measured by the operation of the business itself. However, the financial success of the business family extends much further, to the financial security and independence of each family unit. This interactive workshop will identify and address the many pitfalls family business owners face in the next stage of their financial futures.
Family Tradition: Protecting the Older Generation
Dr. Barbara Benoliel, Preferred Solutions
As the senior generation ages, lots of plans take into consideration the business needs for succession, but what happens to other needs of aging founders. In this interactive workshop we will review a checklist of personal, business and ownership needs of seniors who either have a continued stake in the business or are no longer active, but supported through the business.
Dr. Julie Morton & Susan Fulford
This working session will help to identify and facilitate three working models to build a generation that respect engagement in the family business, rather than living a life of entitlement. Every business founder struggles with the dilemma of having built incredible success usually at the cost of extreme sacrifices in other parts of their life. Best Practices are shared from a broad spectrum of business, education and academia to provide three suggested working models to help G1, and generations thereafter, create an environment that celebrates "Engagement in the Family Business" in contrast to "Entitlement at the cost of the Family Business".
Making Your Sibling Team Work
Andrew Pigott, The Succession Bridge
Whether working together as leaders in a business, board members or merely owning assets together, brothers and sisters need to learn to work together efficiently and effectively to ensure their joint success, the success of the business and long term cohesion as a family unit. The key takeaway will be to convey the need for purposeful development of communication structures for the family that will encourage an open and robust dialogue among all stakeholders. The importance of effective communication is difficult to overstate, given that 97% of all failed successions are a result of breakdowns in trust and communication.
Who Builds the Next Generation of Leadership?
David Osborne, Predictive Success Corporation
How can we set our leaders up for success, breathe effective and meaningful leadership into the organization and shrink the gap between organizational strategy and reality? The answer lies in accountability. David will guide participants through the value of playing to win for the future and stacking the bench with leaders who are worth following. CAFE members need to learn how to link processes and systems to strategy in organizational visions, mission and goals and build a leadership pipeline that supports development and longevity.
By becoming a Host Partner, you support this community and the work of CAFE -- join the conversation and position your brand as a leader and supporter of family business in Canada! For a full description of the benefits of becoming a Host Partner of CAFE, please review our 2015 CAFE Family Business Symposium Hosting Opportunities guide.
Friends and families of CAFE joined together on May 21- 23, 2014 for CAFE's 2014 Family Business Symposium. It consisted of 2 ½ days of keynote presentations, family business stories and interactive workshops delivered by industry experts. To learn more about Symposium, click on the video below.