FBA New Season Events

Welcome to an exciting line up of family business events!

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In this issue

  • Message from the Executive Director


New Season Events
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 AGM & Member Appreciation, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Friday, September 29, 2017, Digital Marketing, 9:00am-4:15pm
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017, Leaps and Lessons Panel Discussion, 5:30-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Dear Younger Me, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Ambitions, Extreme Goals & Risks, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Friday January 26 AND February 2, 2018, Faxes to Facebook, 1:00-5:00pm
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, Awards & Celebration, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Guest Speaker Event, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Talent, 5:30-8pm
  • Thursday, June 7, 2018, Celebrating Family Business Social, 5:30-7:30pm


  • Our Mission & Vision
  • Become a Member
  • Join us on LinkedIn
  • Our Board of Directors
  • Contact Us

Message from the Executive Director

Dear FBA Members & Friends,


Welcome to our exciting new season! I hope you're having a great summer and ready to get together soon.


Thanks to our many valued Program Sponsors who are making this diverse year of programming possible.


The first two events are coming up quickly (full details are below). Be sure to register now:



  • AGM & Member Appreciation - September 21st
  • Digital Marketing for Families in Business - September 29th



There is no cost for either of these events - a quick email will do to confirm your attendance (include any dietary needs): fba@familybusinessassociationvi.ca


I look forward to a wonderful year with you in our energetic family business association!


Bernadine Rudichuk

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AGM & Member Appreciation

Thursday, September 21st, 5:30-7:30pm

@ McCall Gardens Patio

4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria

Join us for a brief AGM and an enjoyable time with FBAVI members and friends as we launch our new season and showcase our new marketing video and ad campaign.


You’ll be glad you came!


No cost to attend – tapas and refreshments compliments of FBAVI.

Registration required for catering purposes

Email to attend (include dietary needs if any): fba@familybusinessassociationvi.ca

or call: 250-532-2402

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Digital Marketing for Families in Business

Friday, September 29th, 9:00am-4:15pm


@ Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites

West Harbour Ballroom

345 Quebec Street St. Victoria

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No Cost for This Must Attend Event

Event date: Friday, September 29; Registration Deadline: Monday, September 18th


Free parking vouchers available


RSVP by September 18th to fba@familybusinessassociationvi.ca or call: 250-532-2402

Learn what family operated business leaders need to connect with more customers and grow their business through digital marketing. Whether you are looking for strategies in the business-to-consumer or business-to-business space, this learning opportunity delivers insight on what is working today. Led by industry experts from Canada and the United States and delivered in a no nonsense way, you will be introduced to trends, tools and technologies to capture more business.

View Event Flier with full details on the sessions and seminar leaders.

Sponsored by Black Press

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Leaps & Lessons

Thursday, October 19th , 5:30-8:00pm

@ Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Bellville Street, Victoria

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Join three prominent entrepreneurs who transitioned out of their family businesses: Mel Cooper (Cooper’s Supermarkets), Dave Saunders (Saunders Subaru) & Steve McKerrell (Swiss Herbal). Learn about their experiences and life afterwards.


This special panel presentation, facilitated by Shelagh Rinald, Rinald Tax Advisory, will address the difficult decisions made, challenges addressed and lessons learned along the way.


View Event Flier


$60 Members, $80 Non-members. Ticket includes buffet dinner.


Register HERE

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Dear Younger Me

Tuesday, November 14, 8:30am-4:30pm

@ Hotel Grand Pacific

463 Belleville Street, Victoria

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What every family business successor needs to know.



An all-day workshop by Next Step Advisors for all generations with David Bentall, Deborah Louvier & Darrin Hotte.


In this workshop, you’ll discover:

  1. The 10 keys to successful leadership in a family enterprise.
  2. Communication skills and tools to manage conflict.
  3. The essential characteristics required to be an effective family business successor.


It is important for all generations to understand the challenges faced by future leaders as the family business grows, thrives and transitions.


View Event Flier


$295 FBA Members; $345 Non-members Ticket includes lunch & refreshments


Register HERE

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Ambitions, Extreme Goals & Taking Risks: Fireside Chat

Wednesday, November 29th, 7:30-7:30pm

@ Penny Farthing (upstairs)

2228 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria

Register early: limited seating for this cozy fireside chat

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What percent of taking on and pushing through challenges is mental?

Learn about the challenges of a 100K run, the factors that make a difference and the impact on life afterwards.


In an informal discussion, two FBA members and Ultra Marathoners, Andy Spurling of Proline Management and Stewart Story of Story Construction will talk about their experiences and guide a discussion.


Limited seating – open to FBA Members only: $30


Your ticket gets you food and a bar ticket.


Register HERE


View Event Flier

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Faxes to Facebook

Two half-days; Friday January 26 & Friday, February 2 1-5 pm

@ Camosun College, Interurban Campus

4461 Interurban Road, Victoria

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Multigenerational Communication in the Family Business.



This interactive workshop is designed to address the basics of effective communication, share information to help bridge the multi-generation gaps in today’s workplace, explore various communication channels and prepare you to create a communication strategy that is aligned with the values and culture of your family business.


Workshop Facilitator

One of Melissa McLean’s areas of interest and study is the multigenerational workplace; she currently teaches a course titled Leading the Multigenerational Workplace for Camosun College’s Certificate in Leadership Development program. Melissa holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from Royal Roads University.


View Event Flier includes learning objectives and course outline


Two half-days; Friday January 19 & 26; 1-5 pm @ Camosun College


Register HERE

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Family Business Excellence Awards

Young Entrepreneur Award

Sponsor Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, February 8th, 5:30-8:30pm

@ Beach House Restaurant

5109 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria

Three reasons to celebrate!

Celebrate with us as we honour outstanding Vancouver Island family businesses, a young entrepreneur and our valued sponsors at this prestigious event. FBE Awards 2018 introduces a new category: Young Entrepreneur. This award will honour an individual under the age of 35 who has proven leadership skills in the family business.


Nominations open until October 12, 2017 - Nominate Now


Registrations open in November 2017.


Members: $55; Non-members: $75


Ticket incudes evening meal.

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Guest Speaker Event

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

@ Uplands Golf Club

3300 Cadboro Bay Road

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Watch for details on our guest speaker event.


Your ticket includes an evening meal.


Registration opens two months before the event.

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Strategies for Recruiting & Retaining Top Talent

Thursday, April 26, 5;30-8pm

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@ Cedar Hill Golf Club

1400 Derby Road, Victoria

Join Engaged HR in this interactive workshop where you will learn about best practices in a highly competitive employment environment.


Your ticket includes an evening meal.


Members: $45; Non-members: $65


Registration opens two months before the event.


View event flier for further details.

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Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy

Year-End Social

Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Location TBA

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Celebrate another wonderful year and the significant contribution that family businesses make to the economy world-wide at our year-end social.


Did you know that:

  • In BC 80% of businesses are family-owned or operated.
  • Family enterprise forms the backbone of the Canadian economy, with families owning or controlling an estimated 80% of all businesses and representing the largest form of enterprise worldwide.
  • Current research demonstrates that, on average, family businesses last longer and outperform their non-family-run competitors and contribute upwards of 70-90% of global GDP.
  • As a vital driver of world economies, we all directly or indirectly depend on the success of family businesses.


We have lots to celebrate!


Your ticket buys you a drink, light snacks & great company! Come & stay or come & go – we value your presence.


Open to members and FBA friends. Registration opens two months before the event.

We are looking for an outdoor ‘homey’ venue for this event and will gratefully entertain offers!

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FBA - your business family.

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 Canadian business families go to connect, grow and learn for sustainable success across generations.