CFFB History

The origins of the Centre for Family Business began with discussions between Milo Shantz, Peter Hallman and John Fast, the first Executive Director of the Centre at a restaurant in St. Jacobs in 1997. Milo voiced his concern for all local family businesses with regard to succession planning. Are these family businesses ready? Who or what organizations were available to provide guidance and advice?

This group then thought about engaging a family business expert to address a gathering of local family business owner/operators. The message was distributed through the Mennonite churches to find out if there would be any interest.

This first meeting was held at Conrad Grebel University College. John Ward was the guest speaker. He provided an excellent and timely presentation. After the speaker, John Fast asked for a show of hands to indicate how many people might be interested in forming some type of organization to deal with family business issues.

From these very humble beginnings, the Centre for Family Business has grown to approximately 65 family business members today. The Centre continues to provide relevant educational programs as well as opportunities to network with other family businesses. Member achievements and milestones are honoured annually at the year-end Gala.

The Board of the Centre for Family Business continues work diligently to fulfill its mission of Supporting, Educating and Energizing family businesses.

  • Upcoming Events

    Feb
    24
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    11:00 am Generation to Generation – Plan ... @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room
    Generation to Generation – Plan ... @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room
    Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Generation to Generation - Plan for the Future Starting Now @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room | Kitchener | Ontario | Canada
    Keynote Speaker:  Sabrina Fitzgerald of PwC Sabrina’s presentation will be a look at continuity planning for family businesses by starting at the beginning.  A review of the three circle model, a look into board governance[...]
    Mar
    31
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    7:00 am Don’t be a Victim of Fraud @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room
    Don’t be a Victim of Fraud @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room
    Mar 31 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    Don't be a Victim of Fraud @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room | Kitchener | Ontario | Canada
    March is Anti-Fraud Month.  Join us as a representative from the Waterloo Region Police Service comes to talk to us about a to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
    Apr
    28
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    7:00 am More Bang for Your Buck:Getting ... @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room
    More Bang for Your Buck:Getting ... @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room
    Apr 28 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
    More Bang for Your Buck:Getting the Most out of your Banking Relationship @ Bingemans Conference Centre, Embassy Room | Kitchener | Ontario | Canada
    Keynote Speaker: Gary Chung Gary will talk about: Banking landscape/Myths and realities of banking Contrast Canada vs US Company life cycle Startup / development Capital for growth and expansion New markets Acquisitions Succession planning Wealth[...]
  • “The Centre for Family Business has provided me with a wonderful opportunity for both personal and professional growth. The close-knit environment is welcoming and offers a chance to learn from unique perspectives within our business community.”

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