Co-Founder of Business Families Foundation, CANADA
As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-B and Philippe devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Pioneers in their field, they continue to break new ground supporting global enterprising families, women’s issues, public health and environmental causes. Imparting knowledge, wisdom and serving others, their special passion is devoted to helping the next generation of women family members succeed and thrive.
Chair of Family Business of Wells Fargo, USA
Joe Astrachan is Wells Fargo chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, and a founder of the internationally accredited Executive MBA for Families in Business at Kennesaw State University. He has been active in the development of the field, having been a founder of several recognized programs including the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. Joe earned his B.A., M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University and his extended family has owned businesses ranging from container and tanker shipping to pharmaceuticals. He has received multiple awards for his research and service from family business, entrepreneurship, management, and research oriented associations.
David C. Bentall
Founder of Next Step Advisors Inc., CANADA
David C. Bentall is the founder of Next Step Advisors Inc. For twenty years, David worked in his family's real estate and construction businesses. During his years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size. The same creative energy and focused determination that marked his career in business is now available to individuals and families to help them identify and resolve their issues. Mr. Bentall is a gifted moderator, a trained facilitator, an experienced executive/life coach and an outstanding speaker.
University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship at the Telfer School of Management, CANADA
Peter Jaskiewicz is the University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship at the Telfer School of Management. Peter conducts quantitative and qualitative research on entrepreneurship and family business. His current research focuses on antecedents of transgenerational entrepreneurship and corporate reputation in family and founder firms. Moreover, Peter researches organizational outcomes of entrepreneurial legacies, managerial pay dispersion, and family dynamics in these firms.
Board Member of Molson Coors Brewing Company, USA
A member of the seventh generation of the Molson family, Andrew serves on the board of Molson Coors Brewing Company. In 2005, he became a partner and conductor of a transition between the firm's founder and a new generation of managers. Andrew Molson is today the majority shareholder of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a holding and management company of professional services firms offering a full range of communications services to a wide range of businesses.
Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation,
Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation; Founder, Institute of Family Business
Currently Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, Margaret-Jean’s responsibilities include the strategic planning of her family business office and family council. Along with taking care of her roots, she is also inspired to take care of other families with the creation of IFEA (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) and as an active board member at both Business Families Foundation and FEX (Family Enterprise Xchange).
Founder of Veritage, Author of Safe Space: Govenance in Action, CANADA
Francesco Lombardo is the founder and lead facilitator at Veritage whose mission is to serve business families by promoting the culture of Safe Space and supporting the individuals in living governance in action. Safe Sapce holds individual family members, their relationships with each other, and the relationship they each have with their wealth, all accountable to a set of guiding principles established by the family for the family. Through his extensive work with families,Franco has identified a universal connection between people’s relationship with money (Money Motto™) and the impact this has on their relationships, family, business, and legacy.
Founder, StimaWELL North America and Ironman 70.3 Triathlete, CANADA
Jason is a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur, as well as a marathon runner, triathlete and Ironman 70.3, with over 10 years experience in social entrepreneurship and technology. Founder of Stimawell North America, specializing in advanced electrostimulation (EMS) for strength training and rehabilitation, he is passionate about empowering people to train smarter and live healthier lifestyles.
CEO of Spyder Works Inc.,
Ken Tencer is CEO of Spyder Works Inc. Ken helps organizations to get their ideas off of the back of the napkin and successfully into the market. A business innovator and best-selling author who helps organizations master better futures, Ken is co-developer of The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, filter, and implement growth opportunities.
Family Enterprise Consulting Practice Leader of Deloitte, CANADA
Michelle leads Deloitte Canada’s Family Enterprise Consulting practice, advising business families on generational transitions and helping them to build the alignment and resilience needed to flourish across generations. Committed to the whole family as a client, Michelle draws on a structured approach that melds traditional consulting experience with systems thinking and the insights and empathies needed to help families navigate the complexities of wealth and family dynamics. Michelle is the Vice Chair of the Family Enterprise Xchange, a Canadian organization dedicated to empowering enterprising families and their advisors. In 2017, Michelle was selected as one of B.C.'s Most Influential Women 2017. In 2015, Michelle was a YWCA Women of Distinction Award Nominee.
Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Society at Concordia University, CANADA
Robert Nason is assistant professor of Management in the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He also currently serves as the Academic Director of Concordia’s Certificate in Business Ownership and the KPMG-JMSB Entrepreneurial Indices Initiative. Robert’s research examines the role of entrepreneurship in society with a focus on necessity entrepreneurship, business families, firm growth, and social performance.
Co-Founder of Monthly Barometer,
Thierry Malleret is the co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today's most influential opinion and decision-makers. Previously, Malleret founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum, a network that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term.