December Update

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Happy Holidays to All,

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we hope everyone will have a chance to spend some quality time with family and friends.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of FBA, we wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous new year!

We are very excited about 2022 as we slowly return to more opportunities to connect in person and continuing building on the family business relationships that are so important for everyone's growth in the new year.

The Board will be meeting in early January to review the association's strategic plan. We plan to communicate some valuable educational, networking and growth opportunities to all our members at that time. Stay tuned.

Family Business is the cornerstone of our community and show your support to all our family businesses and knowledgeable advisors.

Again, enjoy the holiday season and Happy New Year!

Next Gen Retreat to Tofino

The “NextGen” FBA Team gathered in Tofino this year for our annual retreat, at the beautiful Long Beach Lodge Resort.

We dubbed the event our “princess retreat,” because when given the choice of the more affordable shared rooms, or private ocean-view rooms, one of our members remarked, “like a princess, I would like an ocean room,” which led to a swift and resounding agreement among all of us to get ocean rooms.

Besides the obligatory group meals, FBA meeting, and music session, we had two main events planned for the weekend. On Friday afternoon, we spent several hours with a pair of facilitators who walked us through yoga, breath work, and a Tibetan singing bowl sound bath. It was immersive, deeply relaxing, and grounding.

On Saturday, we met up with the owner, guide and chef of Wild Origins for a morning of foraging. We gathered mushrooms (winter chanterelles and hedgehogs), kelp, and gooseneck clams. It was pouring rain the entire time, and the guide told us we had won the prize for the most adventurous and resilient group he has ever guided.

Later that evening, we met up for a 4-course gourmet meal prepared using the food we had foraged that morning. It was absolutely incredible, and I’m a mushroom skeptic!

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. In case you’re wondering, Wild Origins will come to Victoria!

It was another fantastic weekend and we are already looking forward to the next one.

Cheers, Jen


Starts on January 4th.

This is as a great opportunity to develop your leadership and management skills with experts in the industry and a cohort of small and family business participants. For those in senior leadership positions or working as advisors, this is a great opportunity for staff/clients that you wish to develop. All are welcome!

Register at:

You can also email Gabriel Dhahan ( for more information.


Nominations deadline quickly approaching for the 2022 Family Business Excellence (FBE) Award and the Young Entrepreneur Award.

The FBE Award is given annually by FBAVI to recognize, celebrate and promote achievements of Vancouver Island family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy. The Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes an outstanding young leader in the family business. The recognition for both awards from the Vancouver Island family business community is an honour and a privilege.

Nominations will be accepted until December 19, 2021.

Family Business Excellence Award Eligibility: An applicant must be a Vancouver Island-based “family-owned business”. A “Family Business” is defined as a business that has one of the following characteristics: 1) has been owned and operated by different generations of a family, or 2) where the potential exists for ownership to be passed on to another family member, or 3) more than one member of a family has active employment in an organization owned by a family.

Young Entrepreneur Award Eligibility: An applicant must be an individual 35 years of age or younger who has been involved in a family business on Vancouver Island for a minimum of three years.

Nominating a Family Business and a Young Entrepreneur:

To nominate a family business or young entrepreneur, (self-nominations are welcome) contact Bryan Burns, Executive Director, at 250-532-2402 or email and a formal application will be sent out.


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