Family Business Association
January 2021 Newsletter
Welcome Bryan Burns
Meet FBA's Sponsors
Welcome New Members
Become a Member
Become a Mentee
Join an FBA Team
Ways to be Engaged
Meet our Members
Board of Directors
FBA Mission & Vision
Join us on Facebook & LinkedIn
Best Wishes for the Holiday Season
FBA Executive Director
Bryan brings his energy and past corporate leadership experience, non-for-profit organization knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to assist in serving our members. His goal is to continue to enhance the membership growth by building strong relationships in the community with new client development and maximizing the value for our membership.
“My mission is to strategically develop people and processes by valuing leadership and personal development to create inspired company cultures!”
From networking events and various marketing projects, he is on the pulse of the ever changing corporate marketplace in the regions. He is always available for a quick chat to ask questions to connect you to ideas to improve your bottom line and positively enhance your company culture.
With many years of experience in leadership, marketing and team development, he is inspired to expand this awareness of people, teams and company cultures to assist in the growth of your business.
Bryan is a passionate trail runner who believes in the power of play to lead a fun and dynamic life. Bryan continuously strives to find fun solutions to build workplace relationships, connect people and increase communication! His energy and passion towards personal development is contagious! His other time outside of FBA is spent on the development of Inspired by Play, a corporate and personal teambuilding organization.
Thank you 2020/21 Platinum Sponsor
FBA is committed to keeping our members and guests safe by following COVID-19 guidelines. The event locations below may change as we navigate through COVID-19.
If necessary, we will switch to Zoom events.
FBA is interested in adding chat groups on the fly during the season. Let us know if you would like to get together with others to discuss a specific topic of interest.
Zoom Event, Thursday, January 24, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm
Pizza Event - Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5:30-7:30 pm, @ McCall Gardens
Online Event, details TBA
Breakfast Event - Thursday, March 11, 2021, 9 am - 12 noon @ Victoria Golf Club
Bring your stories to the table as we learn from each other.
Light Dinner Event- Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5:30-7:30 pm @ McCall Gardens
Hors d’Oeuvres & Entertainment - Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:30-7:30 pm @ Merridale in the City
We are bringing together those members interested in learning about the ins and outs of business generational transitions from members who have successfully
gone through transition.
This is a valuable and exciting learning opportunity.
Registrations for these Zoom events are required.
Wednesday, January 13th, 3:30-5pm – Caitlin & James McKenzie, Monk Office
Wednesday, February 10th, 3:30-5pm – Becky Eert & Fraser Murray, Nimmo Bay
Wednesday, March 10th, 3:30-5pm – Brian & Travis Butler, Butler Bros.
Wednesday, April 14th, 3:30-5pm – Andy Spurling, Proline Management
Wednesday, May 12th, 3:30-5:00pm - Kate Wells, DriveWise BC
1. FBA Events
Tying Up Lose Ends: Estate Planning Tools for Family Businesses, October 2020
Click on links below to view the slide presentations
Tough Talk: How to Have the Conversations You've Been Avoiding, November 2020
Thank You Adam Holcombe with team members, Tara Landes and Gabriel Dhahan of
Bellrock Benchmarking, for an excellent FBA presentation. As a follow-up, participants were offered a free 1:1 hour with a Bellrock team member to fine-tune their Tough Talk conversation.
Learn about their course on Management Fundamentals starting in January.
3. Building to Thrive: Adapt to Compete
The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19.
The “Building Resilience to Thrive” online training program will offer relief to businesses and help mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching them how to adapt their business models, re-engage their customers and adjust their workplace cultures. Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business, this program will have one hour seminars once per week for 6 weeks and will be offered three times until the end of March 2021.
Welcome New Members
Congratulations to Kate Wells who became CEO of DriveWise BC in November 2020. After 46 years of building BC’s most reputable and successful driving schools, Arthur and Patricia Harris have decided to formally step aside as owners of DriveWise, and let their daughter, Kate, officially take the helm. While not an easy decision by any means, it was one that was well thought out and the timing was right. Kate has been an integral part of the company for decades, and the transition will be seamless for all, as there will be no immediate changes in the day to day operations of the company. While Arthur and Patricia will be staying on in their respective roles for the foreseeable future, Kate has brought in her partner Jordy as an investor and part owner, to help oversee the company and to continue building the brand as Victoria’s premier driving school.
Become a Member
FBA helps you navigate the unique dynamics of owning a family business.
FBA has been providing a community of support to family businesses on Vancouver Island since 1999. We help families in business succeed through shared experience, education and resources. FBAVI is where Vancouver Island business families go to connect, grow and learn for sustainable success across generations.
- Networking and discussions with like-minded professionals
- Smaller group Advisory Teams for peer support
- Sharing experiences & best practices
- Educational workshops and seminars
Founders and successors of family businesses, spouses, and children (active or not) and key staff members and advisors.
How Can I Join?
Visit our website Become a Member
Call or email us to schedule an introductory meeting.
Become a Mentee
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a special and confidential relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) acts as a role model to listen, advise, guide, coach, teach, facilitate in a safe environment. The mentor assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge to help meet specific goals. There are no age requirements to be a mentor or mentee.
FBA has committed mentors signed up, and and now welcomes mentees to join the program.
The goal of the FBA Mentorship Program is to provide a way for members to learn from each other, enhance learning and skills to better prepare themselves in the
family business environment.
The downloadable form to become a mentee is at the end of this flier.
Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team
All members have the opportunity to become part of a team. The teams serve as your own mini board of directors where business leaders and advisors come together to support and help each other through challenges and opportunities. Team members leverage the perspectives of other family businesses, industries and generations of family business leaders.
All members are encouraged to join an FBA Team. Teams offer a unique opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas, and have the security of confidential discussions in a trusting and inviting environment. Members within a team are never from the same industry or profession and must be approved by existing team members before acceptance.
Examples of possible topics of discussion include: succession planning, challenges of working with other family members, staffing and human resources, managing the business and growth opportunities.
The experiences from those who have been there on topics like working with the family, managing the business and succession are among the areas discussed.
Call 250-532-2402 or email email@example.com for more information.
Family Business Association (FBA) Vancouver Island
To promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island business families by providing education and support through community and shared experience.
We are an engaged and supportive community of vibrant Vancouver Island business families and advisors who connect, share ideas and learn from each others’ unique experiences.