What's New @ CAFE VI

CAFE Vancouver Island Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue. . .

  • Coming Up April 8th: Growing Your Business
  • Congratulations FEYA 2015 Award Recipient & Finalists
  • CAFE Canada & Centralization Plans, Message from CAFE VI President, Andy Spurling
  • End of Season Gathering: Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy
  • Thank You CAFE VI 2014/15 Program Sponsors
  • Think Local First Victoria AGM & Speaker
  • Member Profile: Boormans
  • The Ultimate PAG Retreat by Marilyn Spurling
  • Welcome New CAFE Vancouver Island Members
  • CAFE Members In the News
  • 2015 Family Business Symposium
  • Upcoming Webinar: Building a Transferable Family Business
  • This is Where You Come In
  • CAFE VI Board of Directors
  • Get Social with CAFE VI
  • Become a Member
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Coming up April 8th!

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Is Growth Right for your Business?

Find out from our panelists what thoughts went into their decision to grow. Was it right for their business? What did the bank want to see and what were the ways to fund growth? What were the cash/flow impact considerations? How did they decide to carry certain products? READ MORE

Panelists: Mandy Farmer (Accent Inns), Mike Black (Capital Iron), Rod Parker (Parker Johnston Industries) & Adam McLean (Bank of Montreal)

Facilatator: Derrold Norgaard (Norgaard Kratofil Professional Group)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Cedar Hills Golf Club
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Congratulations FEYA 2015 Award Recipient & Finalists!

Award recipient: Canada Homestay Network (Jennifer Wilson)
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CAFE Canada & Centralization Plans

https://www.smore.com/fwwvg-cafe-canada-centralization-plansMessage from CAFE Vancouver Island President, Andy Spurling

In December 2014 CAFE Canada advised the chapters across Canada that the National Board had decided by resolution to proceed with centralization of the organization by assuming control of the Chapters. The centralization program would see all Chapter revenue directed to CAFE Canada, with the local CAFE boards then serving in only an advisory capacity. Any Chapter plans and proposals for each year, along with corresponding budget requests, would then require approval from CAFE Canada and our Managing Director would report directly to them.

The core of their reasons to centralize are based on their view that centralization would contribute to membership growth, added visibility through a national marketing campaign, greater access to sponsorship dollars, a consistent brand and enhanced consistent programming across the country. The plan is reliant on funding from anonymous benefactors that require centralization as a pre-condition to their agreement to advance funds to help meet these goals.

CAFE Canada is currently meeting with the chapters across the country READ MORE

Coming Up - Save the Date!

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Celebrating the Role of Family Business in the Economy

Everyone Welcome!

Join us for our year-end gathering to celebrate the role of family business in the economy. Your $10 ticket includes a drink and great company!

Registration opens April 9, 2015

The Local (upstairs), 1205 Wharf Street, Victoria
Wednesday, June 10, 2015


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Thank You 2014/15 CAFE VI Program Sponsors

Have a look at this season's PROGRAM SPONSORS - Thanks for your generosity!

The 2015/16 Sponsorship Campaign will run April 1-May 15th, 2015. These commitments will support next season's programs. Stay tuned!

Think Local First Victoria AGM & Speaker

Third Annual AGM Event SPEAKER: Katrina Scotto di Carlo, Co-Founder of Supportland & Portland Made www.supportland.com Wednesday, April 15th - 6pm Registration + Cocktails READ MORE for EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone Welcome!

CAFE Vancouver Island Family Business Profile


Harry Boorman founded Boorman’s in 1933 and today his great grandson, Mike Boorman (pictured at right), continues as a fourth generation family member, having joined the business eighteen years ago. As a Realtor and manager he works alongside his uncle Keith (President), his brother Dean, (Realtor), and his father Ian. Their real estate and sales are primarily residential with some commercial clients, while the property management division deals with strata and rentals.

How did their business last four generations? Mike’s advice for family businesses is to establish roles, job descriptions, and responsibilities early. He views good communication as a key to ensuring a successful multi-family business. As important is the acknowledgement that family and work roles have to be in balance.


The Ultimate PAG Retreat

by Marilyn Spurling, Proline Property Management

Our PAG was very privileged to spend our October retreat at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, a family business and CAFE member, owned by the Murray family. The resort was recently named by National Geographic as one of the best unique wilderness lodges in the world, an honor shared by only one other Canadian resort. How lucky are we to have Fraser Murray as a PAG member.

Driving to Port McNeil in a wind storm on the weekend started with a bit of a glitch as Fraser was unable to pick us up since the seas were too rough. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the six of us were taken to the resort by helicopter affording us all of a bird’s eye view of this magnificent part of our province.

We spent the weekend sharing so many experiences and growing as a team. Activities included a highly successful halibut fishing trip, hiking in a true west coast rain forest, yoga and an enjoyable visualization class. Our PAG meetings were sometimes spent in the hot tub next to the waterfall that increased greatly in size over our stay due to an abundance of rain.

The food prepared by the chefs was absolutely delicious and family style meals were a great way to visit and build PAG bonds. Entertainment by the Murray family and a campfire on the dock all added to our experience. Though none of us were in a hurry to leave this piece of heaven on earth, our trip back to Port McNeil made our weekend complete with two outstanding whale encounters.

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Welcome New CAFE Vancouver Island Members

Welcome to Liquor Plus (Sean Large, Brett Large, Patti-Jean Naylor & Ann Lopeter), new Family Business Member, as well as Dwyer Tax Lawyers (Blair Dwyer & Layli Antinuk) and Reed Pope Law Corporation (John McLeod), new Advisory Members. It’s great to have you as part of the CAFE family!

CAFE Members In The News

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort was recently selected as a National Geographic Unique World Lodge. The CAFE member was also a big winner at the Business Examiner Awards, where Nimmo Bay Resort was named Hospitality/Tourism Company of the Year.

Several CAFE members were honoured at the 2014 Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Business Awards:

Employer of the Year Winner: Accent Inns (Mandy Farmer)
Sustainable Business Practices Finalist: Oughtred Coffee & Tea (John Oughtred)
Business Person of the Year Finalist: Hot House Marketing (Dan Dagg)

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2015 Family Business Symposium

Building Strong Families For Successful Transitions

Friends and families of CAFE will join together on May 20- 22, 2015 at the landmark downtown Toronto hotel, The Westin Harbour Castle! Attending the Family Business Symposium is a unique experience! The lineup of presenters is impressive and the content will take you home with a wealth of information.


Upcoming Webinar: Building a Transferable Business

Presented by P. Bruce Hunter, President & CEO, Lighthouse 360

Register before 5:00pm on March 25th 2015

March 26 2015



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CAFE Vancouver Island Board of Directors

Your Board of Directors is working hard to make this season extra special! Contact any of our members with questions or concerns.

This Is Where You Come In

Just Having a Look Around

Does your business lend itself to a tour by CAFE members & Friends? If so, let us know, we’d be happy to design a visit with a splash!

Who Could Benefit from CAFE Membership?

YOU likely have a good idea! Recommend a business, we’ll provide them with information on CAFE. The best way to promote this excellent organization is through word of mouth. You have our consent to TALK IT UP.

What’s new with your business?

Let us know and become part of our next newsletter!

Stay in touch

Contact Bernadine Rudichuk, Managing Director at vancouverisland@cafecanada.ca or 250-532-2402 on questions, concerns or any thoughts you may have about CAFE Vancouver Island.

Get Social with CAFE Vancouver Island

Become a Member

CAFE Vancouver Island has been providing a community of support to family businesses on Vancouver Island since 1995. For almost 30 years, CAFE has been helping families in business succeed through shared experience, education and resources. CAFE is where Canadian business families go to connect, grow and learn for sustainable success across generations.
Newsletter brought to you by: Yannic Wolfe, Newsletter Producer & Bernadine Rudichuk, Managing Director. We welcome your submissions: vancouverisland@cafecanada.ca,