Round Peg Podcast

A series of thought provocative, well-curated discussions with thought leaders

*In partnership with 3Sixty Strategic Advisors
Host Ali Borhani

Episode 5 - Back to Beer: The Eric Molson Story

Helen Antoniou offers intimate details of the life and work of Eric Molson, who repositioned Canada’s iconic Molson Brewing Company and family business as a 21st-century powerhouse. Listen now!

Helen Antoniou is an executive coach for corporate leaders and family business owners, and a volunteer board member in the areas of health, education, and the arts. She has practiced corporate law and management consulting, and holds degrees from McGill University, Université de Paris II, Assas, and Harvard University. A lawyer, Antoniou is the author of Back to Beer… and Hockey, which chronicles the life and work of Eric Molson, who not only saved Molson Breweries, but positioned it to thrive as a globally-orientated organization. The Molson name is part of the fabric of Canada. Since 1786, when John Molson founded his first brewery in Montreal, it has become synonymous with beer, hockey, and philanthropy. Back to Beer traces Eric Molson’s evolution from a young brewmaster captivated by the chemistry of beer-making to chairman of Molson. Molson Brewing Company is a seventh-generation family-owned enterprise and part of Molson Coors. 

Episode 4 - Eastern Promise West

Asian family enterprises are enduring. With one foot in the west and other in the east, IMC Industrial's Yuelin Yang describes the quirks of managing a conglomerate in a global economy. Listen now!

As deputy group managing director of IMC Industrial – a conglomerate that began as a transportation business along the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai in 1904 – Yuelin Yang offers his views on world trade and the contrasting characteristics of western and eastern family enterprises. IMC Industrial is an integrated maritime and industrial solutions provider in bulk shipping, industrial logistics, chemical transportation, marine engineering, and palm oil plantations. In his role as deputy group managing director, Mr. Yang is also responsible for multi-family office affairs, the Family Business Network program committee, and IMC Group’s investments. He has been with IMC since 1995 in various senior roles. Prior to joining IMC, Mr. Yang was a member of Office of the Chairman Stan Shih and associate general counsel at Acer Computers in California and Taiwan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School. 

Episode 3 - End Conflict, End Climate Change?

Round Peg host and geo-economic expert Ali Borhani makes an unconventional case for how the world’s defense sector can help end wars and mitigate the effects of climate change. Listen now!

Ali Borhani is managing director of 3Sixty Strategic Advisors Ltd., a UK-based consulting and investment firm that focuses on emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa, and Eurasia. With expertise in geo-economics, Mr. Borhani has a formidable track record assisting multinationals and family enterprises to develop and execute strategies that drive growth in the world’s most challenging markets. His strategic foresight has led to successful partnerships and strategic alliances in numerous enterprises. As host of Business Families Foundation’s Round Peg podcasts, he is a natural storyteller with a gift for transforming complex issues into meaningful scenarios.

Episode 2 - Trade, Tariffs and Tantrums

Business has an obligation to society beyond profits. It must care for communities. The Honourable Perrin Beatty offers his perspectives as an entrepreneur and former policymaker. Listen now!

The Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, offers his uniquely Canadian view of our world and the future of trade, trade tariffs, and trade disputes. What does it mean for Canada? A whole set of new challenges as the nation adjusts to everything from the rise of China to the impact legal cannabis will have on the economy. Mr. Beatty is president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest national business association. Prior to that, he held the same role at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, he grew up in Fergus, Ontario, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. Mr. Beatty was first elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in 1972. During his 21 years in Parliament, he served as minister in seven different portfolios. He is currently a board member of Mitsui Canada and in 2018, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his lifetime of public service and devotion to the nation’s development.

Episode 1 - Mentors, Deals and Energy

Wentworth Resources Chairman Bob McBean reveals the surprising and powerful roles mentors played in his remarkable deal-making journey as an international energy sector captain. Listen now!

Over a span of four decades, Bob McBean has discovered that mentoring and a can-do, entrepreneurial drive to succeed can move mountains in the oil and gas sector. Mr. McBean is a non-executive chairman of Wentworth Resources Plc., a natural gas exploration and production company with interests in east Africa. A mechanical engineer and accomplished energy project developer, he has more than 40 years of experience in the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas sector. He has served as managing director of Qatar Fuel Additives Company Ltd., as managing director of Dubai Natural Gas Company, and he is co-founder of Scarboro Resources, which has operations in Italy, Libya, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia, France, Pakistan, and Canada.

Introduction to the Round Peg Podcast

At the Round Peg podcast, we focus on the wisdom of circular contemplation to constructively challenge your thinking to crystallize your optics - no idea is too crazy no dialogue too controversial.

Join us in discussion with the world-renowned entrepreneurs, policymakers, movers and shakers who care. Our guests are real, revealing and reliable.

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