Family Business Association (FBA)

Newsletter November/December 2019

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In this issue:

  • Meet the FBA Business Family
  • Be Engaged & Stay Engaged
  • Upcoming FBA Events
  • Event Success
  • Community Learning Opportunities
  • Get the Details
  • Mentorship Program
  • FBA Sponsors & Media Partners
  • Member News
  • Meet Some of our Members
  • Thinking of Joining?
  • Become a Member
  • Join a Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team
  • FBA Board of Directors
  • FBA Mission & Vision
  • Join us on LinkedIn & Facebook


FBA Member Information Package

FBA Non-Solicitation Policy

Mentor Application Form

Mentee Application Form

New Season Line-Up 2019/20

FBA Proud Member Logo

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Meet the FBA Business Family!

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Advertise your support of FBA, post the Proud Member Logo on your social media pages and in your email signature (downloadable at the bottom of this newsletter).

Upcoming FBA Events

All events are catered - enjoy the food, company & topic!

Feature Event

Workplace Stress & Wellness Fireside Chat

Thursday, December 12th, 5:30-7:30pm with Jennifer Wilson



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

Join us 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.

2020 Events

This downloadable list is at the end of this flier.

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Event Success

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Thanks to Gabriel Dhahan, Bellrock Benchmarking, for an excellent presentation in his Protect your Legacy workshop on November 13th.

"Companies that benchmark can identify best practices and apply them in new and unique ways. Benchmarking has the potential of introducing a new perspective."

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Community Learning Opportunities

1) Free Virtual Learning Opportunity

EO Global is offering EO247 a full week of virtual learning Nov 18-22, this event is FREE and open to everyone!


18-22 November 2019

Day One: Start with You | Day Two: Dare to be Different

Day Three: Invest in People | Day Four: Think Ahead | Day Five: Define your Impact


2) Affordable November 20th Conference on the disruptive nature of HR.


General Admission

CA$45.00+CA$2.25 GST/HST

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Get the Details - Gain Skills, Learn More

FBA is excited about offering you presentations on topics of interest along the way. We'll add new, small, information sessions during the year if there is interest.

Please make your suggestions.

Right now, we have four ideas:

  • LinkedIn - how it works, will it work for you?

  • Cyber Security - what you need to know to protect yourself and your business?

  • Environmental Navigation - what property owners, leasers and individuals looking to invest in commercial properties need to know.

  • CRA Audit - get tips from a member who's experienced it.

Are you interested in any of these topics? If so, let us know and when we have enough interest, we'll get you together, email:

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FBA Launches A Mentorship Program

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.

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.

See FLIER for more details.

The downloadable forms to become a mentor or mentee are at the end of this flier.

Special THANK YOU to the many valued sponsors who committed over 40K in cash and in-kind support for our 2019/20 season starting September 1, 2019.

Media Partners

We gratefully acknowledge our generous media in-kind partners:

Black Press & Business Examiner.

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Member News

1) Seaflora Skincare New Overseas Partnership

Adam Butcher: Testimonial: “ I love being a FBA family member because of the connections made with Family Members in different professions, industries and markets.

As a family owned and operated business we face challenges and dynamics unique to a family business-environment. The support, shared experiences and help I receive from my Family Business Association Team have been invaluable in not only my personal growth but the growth of my business!”

Family Business Highlights/News:

We are proud to announce a new Overseas Distribution Partnership. Seaflora Skincare Inc & Bio Signature Global signed a 3-year exclusive distribution agreement bringing our unique brand to brick & mortar and online stores in Macau, Hong Kong & China. Terms were negotiated in July, contracts signed in August and the first shipment was exported in September 2019.

Seaflora Skincare is also available at wholesale for qualified 3rd party retailers & online stores in Macau, Hong Kong & China through our partners Bio Signature Global.

Negotiations Complete

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Centre L to R: Chantelle Line, Sonia Leong & Adam Butcher


2) Metropolitan Hospitality Motel 6

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3). Awards

Care 2019: Building Better Futures Community Award

Mike Geric Construction


Thinking of Joining?

FBA helps you navigate the unique dynamics of owning a family business.

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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.

Member Benefits

  • Networking and discussions with like-minded professionals
  • Smaller group Advisory Teams for peer support
  • Mentorship Program
  • Sharing experiences & best practices
  • Educational workshops and seminars

Who Benefits?

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, call or email us to schedule an introductory meeting.


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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 for more information.

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.

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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
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