Family Business Association (FBA)

Newsletter December 2016

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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.

In this issue:

  • Family Business Excellence (FBE) Awards
  • The Meeting Place for Family Businesses: Photo Gallery
  • FBAVI Event in Nanaimo
  • Welcome New FBAVI Members
  • Family Business Advisory (FBA) Teams
  • Kelowna FBA Team Retreat
  • Nimmo Bay FBA Team Retreat
  • Thank You Valued Program Sponsors
  • Become a Member
  • You are Important
  • Meet our Board of Directors
  • Join us on LinkedIn
  • Contact Us

Family Business Excellence (FBE) Awards

The Family Business Excellence (FBE) Awards are given annually by the Family Business Association – Vancouver Island to recognize, celebrate and promote achievements of Vancouver Island family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our economy.

Watch for NEWS on the 2017 Award Recipient and Two Finalists!

Join us to hear the award recipient’s special story, celebrate their successes, honour our valued sponsors and enjoy a gourmet dinner.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 5:30-8:30pm

Beach House Restaurant, 5109 Cordova Bay Road, Victoria

Members $55, Non-Members $75

Menu: Beach House Greens - mixed greens, radish, cherry tomato, shredded carrots, cucumber, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate vinaigrette; Prime Rib Dinner - Prime Rib, Yorkshires, Au Jus with Garlic Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes and Grilled and Roasted Vegetable Bundles; Dessert Buffet (key lime squares, chocolate ganache tart, espresso mousse) with Coffee/Tea dietary needs available


The Meeting Place for Family Businesses

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FBAVI Event in Nanaimo

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Nanaimo Family Business Stories

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:30-8pm at the Nanaimo Golf Club, 2800 Highland Blvd.

Panelists: Donna Hais, RW Wall Contracting; Dan Dagg, Hot House Marketing;

Len Thomson, Paradise Island Cheese; Andy Spurling, Proline Management

Cost: $45 (plus GST)

Register TODAY

Thank you event sponsors: Business Examiner, Black Press & MNP

Welcome New FBAVI Members

Family Members: Black Press, Oliver Sommer, Principal Contact; Business Examiner, Lise MacDonald, Principal Contact; Nugent Properties, Mike Nugent, Principal Contact

Advisor Members: Adamek Financial, Mike Adamek, Principal Contact &

Dickson Dusanj & Wirk, Kris Wirk, Principal Contact

Family Business Advisory (FBA) Teams

These teams consist of 8-10 Family Business Association members in non-competing industries. Each team is limited to two Advisor members with the balance being from a family business. No two members of the same family business are placed in the same team.

Team Members have the opportunity to bring their challenges to the table. Insight is gained by hearing from others who have had similar experiences.

One annual weekend retreat provides the opportunity for personal and professional development with team building. As a group, the members decide on the best ways for them to address their individual and mutual goals.

Here's highlights on recent retreat experiences...

Kelowna Retreat

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L to R: Mark Wilson, Jessie Edwards, Roxanne Butler, Caitlin McKenzie, Wendy Dagg, Murray Tough, Devon Kray, John Oughtred & Chad Linger

by Chad Linger

For our third annual retreat, we decided to venture off to Kelowna, the new home of Team Member JP Oughtred who works to establish Oughtred Coffee and Teas as a major player in the Okanagan Valley.

We used the weekend to bond as a group and review the new FBAVI manuals and tools that have been developed to support our Teams. Out of our weekend we developed a new blueprint for our monthly meeting structure which we have since implemented. We are now looking to further develop and refine the blueprint. Thank you to FBAVI for your hard work in putting the new programming and materials together for us.

We were treated to some Kelowna hospitality by Donna Denison, the founder of Little Creek Dressing. We toured her production facility, were provided with lunch and had a chance to learn about the growth of her start up family business Read More

Nimmo Bay Retreat

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by Jen Story

The annual FBA Team retreat is an important event that deepens commitment to the group. Our experience was inspiring, restorative and bonding.

Spending the weekend together allows for further trust building, as well as an understanding and appreciation for what each member contributes to the group. Then, when our monthly Team meetings resume, the ties are richer and deeper and in turn, the expertise, feedback and support of our mini Board of Directors can be more helpful.

This year, our group caravanned passed Campbell River to the town of Port McNeil. From there, we boarded a small boat that took us deep into the Broughton Archipelago. There are no cabins, developments or signs of civilization on the small beautiful islands that we snaked through - just absolute pristine natural beauty. After some time, we rounded a corner and cruised into a sheltered little bay- Nimmo Read More

email to inquire about becoming part of a

Family Business Advisory (FBA) Team.

Thank You Valued Program Sponsors!

Have a look at the many 2016/17 sponsors who make FBAVI programming possible.

Click HERE

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.

You Are Important

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

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

  • Let us know what's new with your business and become part of our next newsletter!

Meet our Board of Directors

Contact Us

Newsletter brought to you by: Bernadine Rudichuk, Executive Director.

We welcome your submissions.


T. 250-532-2402


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Happy Holidays!