Our annual program is designed to be informative and engaging and to help all attendees gain new insights into their businesses and careers.
We know you will find the speakers entertaining as well as shrewd, our events well run and welcoming and our members, advisors and sponsors always eager to hear from you, and help support your business and growth.
We look forward to seeing you at our next event.
Keynote Speaker: Iain Klugman, CEO Communitech
Iain Klugman is the President and CEO of Communitech Corporation. He has overall responsibility for all operations of this award winning organization including regional, provincial and national mandates (thru Communitech’s national arm – the CDMN).
Before joining Communitech in 2004, Iain’s career spanned leadership roles in the private and public sectors, including Director of Global Branding and Advertising for Nortel, Executive Director of Communications with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CEO of Ontario Tourism (provincial crown corporation), and roles with the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada. Over the past 30 years, Iain has been involved as Board Member or Chair of 27 different organizations including national & regional, social & business organizations. Currently he serves as a special advisor to the President of the National Research Council, the Digital Government Board of the Province of Ontario, Volta Labs, Mitacs, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and is a Senior Fellow with the Brookfield Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Iain has been recognized with many awards; for 2017, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life; in 2016 he was named by Canadian Business Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful business people in Canada; and in 2015 was awarded Startup Canada’s national award for Entrepreneur Support and Promotion. Iain holds an MBA from Laurier University, an MPA from Dalhousie University, a BA from Laurentian University, and has completed executive education programs at the University of Toronto.
John and Jo will take you on a journey, not unlike those family businesses travel each day, where you will work in groups to examine and hopefully help solve everyday issues we all face in family business. The interactive business case will draw on the intertwined aspects of strategy and leadership, conflict management, change management, ethics, and providing feedback.
Together, in a short 60-70 minutes we will examine the design, coaching, and strategic leadership factors that contribute to team performance in business. Discussion will include topics such as the impact of an organization’s performance measurement and incentive system on strategy implementation; management’s philosophy and leadership style and organizational structure and the assignment of authority and responsibility; it will touch on personnel policies and procedures and the external environment. In small groups we will help evaluate risk levels for the organization and proposes procedures for reducing risk, while analyzing human resource issues, including behavioural implications, related to the incentive structure. Then as a large group we will discuss and evaluate ethical issues and how to help encourage individual participation in the achievement of organizational goals.
We expect that by the end of the business case participants will be energized and motivated to look at their own businesses such that they may need to critically evaluate situations where actions may not be congruent with their strategy and objectives, or hopefully with the confidence that they are heading in the right direction. Either way, we look forward to an entertaining, fun and exciting morning.
John Rose. BA, MBA, CPA, CMA
John has led and motivated diverse teams and managed numerous businesses in a varied number of industries. As president of Oak Bridge Holdings Inc., he currently oversees a diverse portfolio of ventures, property and investment holdings. Prior to joining Oak Bridge Holdings, John has held senior level positions in management and operations with international companies, helping start, grow or redesign firms to achieve desired goals and objectives. Possessing a CPA CMA, an MBA (Strategy) and a BA (Economics), John has taught for the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario, the executive and part-time MBA programs for the Laurier Lazaridis School of Business, and Conestoga College’s School of Business. John has held numerous board and executive level positions with private SME’s as well as Not-for-Profit organizations and industry associations and has a long history of community involvement, having held executive level positions in junior hockey, while currently coaching softball and being a volunteer captain in his local community fire department in Wellesley.
Jo Taylor, CHRM
Jo has been a consultant, trainer and facilitator in the private, public and not-for-profit sector for many years. Educated in human resource management, change management and psychology, she is a skilled communicator, analyst and strategist — skills grown during over 35 years of leadership experience, more than 20 of which have been spent consulting both locally and nationally. Before her “semi” retirement, Jo ran her own consulting business and affiliated with other consulting organizations. She has designed and delivered a variety of services and programs, including leading people through change; employee relations; training and coaching in leadership, team building, communication skills, and customer service; recruitment and selection; compensation, benefits and pay equity; organization design. Jo served as a committee and board member of the Grand Valley Human Resources Professionals Association for ten years, for two years as both a member and as a chair of allocations committees for the K-W United Way, and for two years was a board member of Regional Addiction & Family Counselling, a local not-for-profit organization.
From the founder of CFFB. John returns to our Centre to share 20 years of best practices among Family Businesses across North America. Returning to the foundational principles that have proven to predict success for family business ownership – he will guide our members in a ‘Return to Family Business Basics’. Using a combination of story-telling and entertaining learning tools, John will share these basics that are our deepest sources of energy and power.
Boundary clarity: Determine where and how your family & business boundaries are bleeding.
Adult Development: The foundation for a healthy succession process. Navigating the journey from parenting to partnering.
Self Awareness: Management & leadership success still depends upon understanding and managing yourself.
Active Listening Techniques: Effective communication in the family and the business starts with emphatic listening. This is really, really difficult – we’ll have fun learning some new techniques.