Family Business Stories

FBA Event, Thursday, March 14th, 2019, 5:30-8pm

Registration is now closed - inquiries: 250-532-2402

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Expansion into New Markets

Are you coming?

Our colorful panelists have an interesting past...

Who got arrested in his front lawn? Who had breakfast with Wayne Gretsky? Who drove from Courtney to Victoria at 2am in 2 hours and 15 minutes?

Join these interesting entrepreneurs who will tell their stories about expanding their family businesses inside and outside of Victoria.

What made you decide to expand outside of Victoria and how did you do it?

What was your biggest challenge and what did you learn from it?

Where are you going next?

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Meet The Panelists

Facilitated by Wendy Dagg, Managing Partner, Hot House Marketing

Bruce Mullen, Co-CEO, Founder of Jusu Bar

1st generation family business

When Bruce and his family went through a personal tragedy, he realized how crucial it is to make better, healthier choices as early as possible –– and dedicated himself to helping other people make those changes. He’s passionate about motivating and educating others to take control of their health and wellness.

Bruce took everything he’d learned about the benefits of cold-pressed juicing, organic food, and natural, chemical-free products, and opened the flagship Jusu Bar and Jusu Body in 2014. He now owns 12 locations in Victoria, Vancouver & Calgary.

Andy Spurling, President, Proline Management

2nd generation family business

Proline Management Ltd. is an industry leader on Vancouver Island, providing clients with peace-of-mind property management services for their strata, rental and commercial properties. As a family company, they help communities to grow, tenants to find homes, and owners to worry less about their investments. And they're on the move — now in Victoria, Westshore, Nanaimo, Parksville and Courtenay.

Property management is more than bricks and mortar. It’s about creating places people want to live, buildings that better their surroundings, and communities that make homeowners proud. This belief guides everything they do and makes them a little bit different.

John Wilson, President & CEO, Wilson's Group of Companies

3rd generation family business

Since 2008, with John’s leadership, sales have increased 150% and the fleet has expanded from 40 buses to more than 140. The company has also expanded from their single location in Victoria, to offices and services in Nanaimo, Campbell River and Vancouver.

Services include Vancouver Island's largest charter bus company, scheduled services including the YYJ Airport Shuttle and the BC Ferries Connector crosswater connection between Victoria and Vancouver, and sightseeing products including Victoria's iconic double decker Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off tour.

The company also operates an eight-bay mechanical, body shop, and washing facility. Under the Wilson’s Group umbrella, Wilson’s operates the Capital City Station, the Capital City Café, and their new Wilson’s Customer Experience Call Centre.

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

Victoria Golf Club 1110 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, Canada

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Your ticket includes a buffet dinner:


selection of rustic breads butter

urban garden greens, Victoria Golf club dressing,

marinated artichokes & gem tomato salad,

Panzanella, Ciabatta, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, green beans,

sweet onion, parmesan artisanal charcuterie,

marinated pickles, olives, rustic breads


rossdown farms chicken, tarragon mustard, mushrooms,

balsamic cipollini onions, grilled flat iron steak, broccolini,

chimichuri herb & shallot roasted nugget potatoes,

roasted bellman farm’s rainbow carrots, fine beans


carved seasonal fruits & berries

assorted cakes, squares

rainforest certified coffee & tea

Members: $55 (plus GST); Non-members: $75 (plus GST)


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

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