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Overview

I look for the answers to the pressing questions that many family businesses and business families ask around the globe: How can we remain entrepreneurial across generations? How do we build a legacy that will last for centuries? How can the we foster next generation leadership? Which governance will balance our family and business goals? Which corporate social responsibility activities can make a difference to the community, the family, and the business?

To answer these and related questions, I conduct qualitative and quantitative research. I have published more than 30 articles in journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Annals, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, and Journal of Business Research.

My research findings are regularly featured in the media (e.g., Bloomberg, MacLean’s Magazine, Fox Business, USA News). Moreover, I write articles for the Wall Street Journal and other leading media outlets. I also speak often at practitioner conferences and in executive education programs (e.g., keynote speech, European Summit of Family Business Owners, 2017). Finally, I am an academic advisory board member at Venture for Canada, and an advisory board member at the start-up Joii.

At the University of Ottawa, I share up-to-date knowledge with Bachelor, Master and PhD students. Before joining the uOttawa, I organized and led the MBA Summer School on “Leadership in Europe” at the European Business School (2006-2008) and a study tour on “Entrepreneurship, Governance, and Family Business” at the University of Alberta (2009-2013). More recently, I rebuilt and coordinated the flagship entrepreneurship course (1,600 students working on 300 business plans per year) at Concordia University (2013-2016).

For my research and teaching efforts, I have helped to fundraise about $1 million.