“Re-energizing the Family Business” Moderation of panel of business family professionals at Family Matters Forum by the Business Families Foundation, Vancouver, Oct. 2017
Abstract: Although families have been called “the oxygen” that feeds the fire of entrepreneurship in family firms, many studies have actually found that on average, their commitment to entrepreneurship declines across generations. Regardless of the many reasons why this might occur, the inability to rejuvenate and re-energize the family’s business(es) is problematic. It is entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial behavior that revitalise the firm’s model over time, and help secure emerging growth opportunities. In this session, we will explore how in two Canadian families, the rising generation of family business leaders are working with the current ownership generation to ensure the entrepreneurial spirit is maintained. We will explore how they are integrating these notions in both their succession planning and also their day to day operations in order to be able to continuously create new value, engage the rising generation, and endure for generations to come.
“The Performance of Family Firms” Invited Keynote Speech. European Family Business Summit, May, 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“Being a Business Owner: The Good, Bad, Smart, and Human” Invited workshop in executive education at Concordia University, January 2017.
“What is your legacy?” Presentation to UHNW business family members, May 2016.
“Families in business: asset or liability? How differences in family structure affect family firm performance around the world.” Invited talk, King’s College, London, UK, May 2016.
“Families in business: asset or liability? How differences in family structure affect family firm performance around the world.” Invited keynote speech, EIASM conference, Zwolle, Netherlands, May 2016.
“The End of the Dynastic Approach.” Presentation at Business Families Foundation Forum in Miami, USA, November, 2015.
“How Should Firms Compensate Hired CEOs? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly News.” Invited Presentation at Business Owner Meeting, University of Toronto, Sept. 2015.
“Owners’ Different Impact on Pay Dispersion among Non-CEO Top Managers: Implications for Firm Performance.” Invited Key Note Speech at University Paris-Dix, July 2015.
“How Can You Have a Successful Academic Career in the Field of Family Business?” Invited Key Note Speech at Career Workshop at FERC conference, Burlington, Vermont, June 2015.
“Market Research and Business Models: How Google’s self-driving car will affect other industries.” Invited Workshop for Venture for Canada at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, May 2015.