Families Summit of Minds


Understand tomorrow’s world today in an atmosphere of trust, discovery and well-being.

Detailed Program

Families Summit of Minds

Our world is increasingly complex. Leaders must now reflect upon the far-distant futures of their enterprises.  Our immediate actions today have deeper and longer- term implications: decisions have multi-faceted economic, societal and environmental consequences.

How best to address these recurrent unknowns? The Monthly Barometer and Business Families Foundation have joined forces to tackle this question and many others in the inaugural Families Summit of Minds.


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About the Event

Bringing together thought leaders from enterprising families to act nimbly on their futures has long constituted Business Families Foundation’s DNA. Since 2015, the Monthly Barometer’s Summit of Minds has attracted international mavens to address global issues through frank, open discussion in an inspired and inspirational yet relaxed environment.

In this new rendering, the Families Summit of Minds makes its North American debut. Conceived for both senior and next-generation family members, the summit deftly brings participants into an atmosphere of trust and mindfulness while engaging guests through revitalizing activities set in exceptional natural locations that reinvigorate the mind, body and spirit.

Families Summit of Minds crosses age and gender lines. It explores intergenerational issues and seeks paths for next-gens to Dream-Dare-Do, combining insights and investible ideas for blue-sky thinking with like-minded guests.

Families Summit of Minds follows three themes: (1) family enterprise, (2) macroeconomics and geopolitics, and (3) well-being.

To offer our guests maximum interaction and cross-inspiration, all elements of the program are structured as conversations and collective brainstorming. Prominent thinkers or practitioners frame the conversation, but everybody at the summit is a speaker. Add your own personal ingredient and stir the pot.

Families Summit of Minds:

  • Combines high-level content with experiential learning and well-being activities
  • Connects like-minded individuals: enterprising families and thought leaders
  • Draws on common wisdom, contrasting opinions and solution-driven ideas
  • Every participant is a contributor


The Summit takes place in casual settings. Wear comfortable clothes for day sessions. Bring smart attire for evenings. Don’t forget your hiking shoes and athletic wear for our mountain trail walkshops.

The Format

Prominent and diverse thinkers and practitioners frame the conversations but all our participants are potential speakers. The program favors collective brainstorming and active guest participation. Frank, but always courteous, debates take place in an atmosphere of mutual trust. 

Our Topics:

  1. Mens Sana in Copore Sano
  2. Does Purpose Matter?
  3. Build an Intrapreneurial Mindset
  4. Wealth Preservation vs Value Creation
  5. Astonishing Impact in Unlikely Places
  6. The Role of Culture
  7. A Question of Time
  8. Women and Leadership
  9. Polarization, Migration and Transcending Borders
  10. ESG Family Business

The program is deliberately intense and offers an abundance of animated sessions to choose from. Chatham House Rules apply: although conscious that today’s world is fully transparent, we ask you to respect the anonymity of attendees. This will guarantee that our conversations remain frank and direct.


The Program



1:00 PM
Take off –
Mind Mining

1:45 PM
Building the We

2:30 PM
Interacting in Parallel

(1) Do we need to move to think? (2) How does wellbeing contribute to better decision-making and higher productivity? (3) How do we distinguish good wellbeing practices from fads?

(1) Is there a trade-off between purpose and profit? (2) Will all companies have to become purposeful?

3:45 PM
Stretch and Tea

4:15 PM
Interacting in Parallel

(1) How best to support intrapreneurial initiatives within a family context? (2) What is the role of mentoring? (3) What are the implications of intrapreneurial initiatives on families?

(1) What differentiates the windfall class from the entrepreneurial one? (2) How can wealth be better deployed for economic and societal gains? (3) Is questioning of the “meaning” of wealth a mirage or a movement?

5:30 PM
Take a Break

6:30 PM
Cocktails and Concert

8:00 PM
Ice-Breaking Dinner

9:30 PM
Nightcap + Fireside Chats


7:30 AM – 11:30 PM
Outdoor & Experiential Activities  
1) Walkshops into The Grands Jardins

  • Round Peg Walkshop
  • Climbing to the Top
  • The Smart Power of Nature Walkshop

2) Indoor Circus Workshop
3) Meaningful Conversations

1:30 PM

2:15 PM
Interacting in Parallel

(1) Where do unlikely opportunities lie and how best can they be uncovered? (2) Can investing in less “trendy” places positively impact the way people live and work? (3) How can we spot fresh opportunities in long-established industries?

(1) Are families sufficiently attuned to the relevance of culture? (2) Is the younger generation better prepared to deal with culture clashes? (3) Can we predict a “culture fit” or “culture war” ahead of new business ventures?

3:30 PM 
Stretch and Tea

4:00 PM
Interacting in Parallel

(1) How can we reclaim time? (2) Is there still time for “patient” capital? (3) How can families reconcile long-term plans and short-term demands?

(1) Do women have the place they deserve in family businesses? (2) How does the performance of family business correlate with women inclusion?

5:15 PM
Take a Break

7:15 PM
Themed Dinners

  • Multilateral Trade Agreements...or Discord?
  • Tactical Teamwork for Smooth Succession
  • What is a Learning Family?

9:30 PM
Nightcap + Fireside Chats


7:00 AM
Rise and Shine

8:00 AM
Breakfasts Inspiration

  • Beyond Philanthropy
  • Next-Gen Breakfast: Dream-Dare-Do
  • Standing Tall between Generations

9:00 AM

9:30 AM
Interacting in Parallel

(1) Should Western nations reduce or increase immigration? (2) Do family businesses have a particular role to play in helping migrants? (3) How best can Western nations address labor shortages through immigration?

(1) Are families ahead of the curve or behind it? (2) How are family businesses positioned to address them? (3) Is “conscious” investing a fad?

10:45 AM
Stretch and Juice

11:15 AM
Concluding Plenary

12:30 PM
Departing Buffet

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
A Bit Extra


Steve Case

Steve Case

Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Founder and Partner of Revolution Growth, Co-Founder of America Online, Chairman of Case Foundation, USA

Steve Case is Chairman and CEO of Revolution, and one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Third  Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future. In his role at Revolution, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ new businesses. The mission is to establish Revolution as the premier firm outside of Silicon Valley. Steve’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL).

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, CANADA

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).

Philippe Bourguignon

Philippe Bourguignon

Vice Chairman of Revolution Places, Executive Co-Chairman of Exclusive Resorts, USA

Philippe Bourguignon is vice chairman of Revolution Places, a company that is creating a new model for travel and tourism that promotes and encourages a healthy lifestyle. In addition, he serves as executive co-chairman of Exclusive Resorts, a carefully vetted collection of more than 300 privately managed multimillion-dollar residences in iconic destinations paired with highly personalized and intuitive service. Prior to joining Revolution Places, Philippe was co-chief executive officer of the Davos-based World Economic Forum in 2003 and 2004. Previously, as chairman and chief executive of Club Med, he was widely credited with a comprehensive turnaround of the company in 2000.

Andrew Molson

Andrew Molson

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.

Antoine Mayaud

Antoine Mayaud

Founder of Affectio Project, Mulliez Family, FRANCE

Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez); Chairman of CreAdev

Antoine is an active member in his entrepreneurial family, which is at the head of several businesses known as “Groupe Auchan”, in France. Antoine has contributed immensely to the Association Familiale Mulliez and was elected at the Mulliez family board to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields. First, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev”, which promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in young family or non-family entrepreneurs with the goal to help develop the AFM portfolio and secondly, to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training and education. His work continues to impact his family, community and the economy immensely, all through initiatives driven by innovation and education. Antoine is also a proud new member of Business Families Foundation’s board of directors.

Helen Antoniou

Helen Antoniou

Executive Coach for corporate leaders and member of the International Coaching Federation, CANADA

Helen Antoniou is an executive coach for corporate leaders and their teams, as well as family business owners and their successors. She is the author of the Globe and Mail bestseller, Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson, a business biography of her father-in-law and past chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, published in May 2018.  Helen is also a volunteer board member in the areas of health, education and the arts.  She is member of the International Coaching Federation and holds degrees from McGill University, Université de Paris II – Assas, and Harvard University.

Marie Pier Germain

Marie Pier Germain

Regional Director of Hotels Le Germain, CANADA

Marie Pier Germain is Regional Director and Director of Hotel Design at Le Germain Hotels, where she oversees the design and architecture of hotels under construction. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and an Executive MBA from McGill University and HEC Montréal. An avid world traveller and mother of two, Marie Pier speaks five languages and has a passion for classical ballet.

Robert Frances

Robert Frances

Founder of Peak Group, CANADA

Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group

As well as being a member of the BFF board, Robert has also served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  In 1992, Robert founded Peak Financial group. PEAK administers $9 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.   He is also an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), of which he held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. He is also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board.

Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien

Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien

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.

The Location

Charlevoix, La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul

La Malbaie is a natural amphitheatre where the St. Lawrence River provides spectacular views, from Saint Fidèle to Pointe-au-Pic. Adventure-seekers have sought out the region since 1760, when the Scottish feudal lords John Nairne and Malcolm Fraser began receiving visitors at their estates.

Minutes away from La Malbaie lies charming Baie Saint-Paul. Of all the little towns in the region, this beautiful blend of the outdoors and the bohemian (this is Cirque du Soleil’s hometown) is arguably the most alluring.

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Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa

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