Family Business Association (FBA)

Newsletter March 2019

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In this issue:

  • Upcoming FBA Events
  • Events in the Community & Beyond
  • Event Highlights & Successes
  • Welcome New Members
  • Member News
  • Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team
  • FBA Valued Sponsors
  • Board of Directors
  • Our Mission & Vision
  • Become a Member
  • Join us on LinkedIn


FBA Member Benefits & Fees

Upcoming Events

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Family Business Stories - Expansion into New Markets

Thursday, March 14th, 5:30-8pm

1110 Beach Drive, Victoria Golf Club, Victoria, BC

Join Andy Spurling, Proline Management; Bruce Mullen, Jusu Bars &

John Wilson, Wilson's Group of Companies three entrepreneurs who will tell

their stories about expanding their family businesses outside of Victoria.

What motivated them? How did they do it?

What challenges did they face? What lessons did they learn?

Would they do it again?

Members $55; non-members $75

(your ticket includes dinner, dietary needs accommodated)


Register HERE

Workplace Stress & Wellness

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Workplace Stress & Wellness

Thursday, May 9th, 5:30-8pm

3020 Blanchard Street, Comfort Inn

This workshop is for your entire business team!

An often overlooked component in the business world is the emotional toll it takes on those who manage, supervise, and support people. It’s time we recognize that supervising employees in any capacity is demanding and can be exhausting.

What can we do to address the burnout, manage stress of our employees and ourselves, and build resiliency?

Join Jennifer Wilson, Canada Homestay International to find ways to identify signs of burnout in you and others, ways you can deal with the impact that stress has on your life, and come away with tools that are critical for wellness and professional resiliency.

Members $45; non-members $65

(your ticket includes dinner, dietary needs accommodated)


Register HERE

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HarbourCats Ball Game with a View

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HarbourCats Ball Game

Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30pm

1014 Caledonia, Ball field

Family businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy.

We have lots to celebrate!

Year-end Social: Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy.

HarbourCats ball game game, view from Hop-On Hop-Off bus.

Hosted by Wilson's Group of Companies.

Your free ticket gets you entrance to the ballgame, food and refreshments along with

great company!

Open to members & FBA friends.



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Events in the Community & Beyond

Built to Excel: A Strategy for the Growth & Transition of Your Business

Click HERE to get details on this upcoming free workshop in Victoria, February 26, 2019.

Being an Adaptive Family Business

Click HERE to get the details on this upcoming Conference in Halifax, May 29-31, 2019.

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FBA Event Highlights & Successes

FBE & Young Entrepreneur Awards

On February 13 2019, FBA celebrated and honoured outstanding Vancouver Island family businesses, a young entrepreneur and our valued sponsors.

Bliss & Be Love and Two Eagles Lodge B & B received the FBE Finalist Awards and Proline Management Ltd. received the 2019 Family Business Excellence Awards.

Andrew Wilson of Wilson's Group of Companies was selected as the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award.

View our photo gallery for the 2019 Family Business Excellence & Young Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony, Click HERE


Ambitions, Extreme Goals & Risks

Thanks to Andy Spurling Proline Management & Stewart Story, Story Construction for their dynamic presentation on Ambitions, Extreme Goals & Risks on January 17th.

LINK to their PP & Workbook.

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Transition 2019

Thanks to Vern Fischer, Fischer Financial; Michael Thompson, Royal Roads University and Ernest Bednarz, Malahat Valuation Group for an insightful presentation on business transition.

LINK to their PP and handouts.

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Welcome New Members

Fort Properties, Family Member, Suzanne Bradbury, Principal

Prosperity Planning, Family Member, Dale Collins, Principal

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Member News


See below for award descriptions

Accent Inns

Accent Ins was named Business of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

Dwyer Tax Law

Dwyer Tax Law has once again been included in the list of top ten tax law boutiques in Canada for 2019/20. The latest list, based on a survey of lawyers and clients, was published in the January issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort was named a 2018 Ecostar Award Winner in Lodging & Accommodation.

Proline Management

Proline Management received the Small Business Extra Mile Award from the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division.

Seaflora Skincare

Seaflora Skincare was named Canada’s 2018 Top Spa Partner at end-of year awards presented by Spa Inc Magazine and Leading Spa’s of Canada.

Story Construction

Story Construction won their 5th Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Award for the Urbanite, a mixed use multi-family rental building in Quadra Village.

Serenity Home Care is the 2019 award recipient from Home Care Pulse for excellence in their industry as a home care provider, leader and employer.

New Positions

Adam Butcher is now President of Seaflora Skincare.

Travis Butler is now President of Butler Concrete & Aggregate Ltd.

New Locations

Merridale is planning a new location in Dockside Green, Merridale in the City.

NKPG opened a new office in Burnaby.

Proline Management opened a new location in Courtney

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Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team

The teams serve as your own mini board of directors, supporting you in your challenges and opportunities as a family business. Members leverage the perspectives of other family businesses, industries and generations.

We encourage all family business member to join an FBA Team. This is their unique opportunity to learn from each other, to work on their family business is a special way and to have the security of confidential discussions in a trusting and inviting environment. Many members of family businesses feel alone and these groups end the isolation because those in the group understand that operating a family business brings its unique challenges.

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 for more information.

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Family Business Association (FBA) Vancouver Island

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Our Mission

To promote the sustainability and growth of Vancouver Island business families by providing education and support through

community and shared experience.

Our Vision

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.

Our organization 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.

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Newsletter produced by Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director.

We welcome your comments and ideas for newsletter articles.

Contact us:

T. 250-532-2402