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The Centre for Family Business was established in 1997 as a support to family businesses in the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. Today, CFFB is comprised of over 55 family businesses representing a broad spectrum of industries and ranging in size from just a few to several hundred employees. Join our family of businesses and explore how we can help yours.

What's Love got to do with it?

Friday February 23rd 

7:30 to 10 AM 

 Ballroom F 

425 Bingemans Centre Drive

Kitchener, ON 


Danielle Saputo is part of the Saputo family, founders of one of the largest dairy processers in the world.

As a family business member and legacy coach she knows a few things about bringing the in-laws into the business.  

You’ve found the “love of your life”—-but they share another passion—their family owned business.  

Now, they want you to be a part of the team.

What does it mean for work-life balance?  What are the pitfalls—and the opportunities. 

Hear from Danielle on her own experiences as well as our own members who have “been there, done that”  For better or worse!

Bring your future to work!

Friday, March 22nd

7:30 AM to 10 AM


Ballroom “A”

425 Bingemans Centre Drive

Kitchener, ON

What’s the agenda, Brenda?

What’s the plan, Stan?

You’ve spent years building your business.  It began as a passion, and now you’re looking toward the future 

Will one of you children carry on the legacy?   Perhaps a niece or nephew or cousin.

You’re invited to bring your future to our March event. 

Special guests still to be announced!

Mini Market- Big impact
How is the labour market doing ?



In partnership with the 

Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin


Thursday April 18th 

1 to 3 PM

Doubletree by Hilton

30 Fairway Road South, Kitchener

Hiring and retaining talent is one of the biggest issues facing all members of the Centre for Family Business. 

Every two years, the Workforce Planning Board surveys hundreds of businesses across all sectors of the market to gather insights.

Charlene Hofbauer, Executive Director of the WPB will bring an exclusive first look at the trends—both celebratory, and disconcerting—to our members. 

Reserve your spot at the link below. 

CFFB Podcast:
Family Business Matters

Listen to our latest episodes of Family Business Matters, featuring our members’ stories, experiences and successes in their family businesses.

Member Testimonials

Our Valued Sponsors

The CFFB’s sponsors provide our membership with invaluable insight and experience. Listen to how our partnership with these companies can benefit you.

Steve Wagler of Josslin Insurance
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Josslin Insurance has brokers who specialize in insurance solutions for home, auto, business, farm, disability and life, finding the right coverage for you, your business and your employee benefits program.

CFFB members may also save up to 15% off their home and auto insurance through Josslin.

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The Part Time CFO Services LLP team provides in-house accounting and finance help to work with your existing staff. Our team members have valuable insights and are trusted, strategic business partners who collaboratively work with family or private enterprises, building and implementing customized financial and management solutions.

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Richardson Wealth

Our team at Richardson Wealth is available to support your business vision and help you fully realize your long-term goals with an integrated approach to family and wealth planning. Fundamental issues involving tax, investing, insurance and succession planning can’t be dealt with effectively as stand-alone topics. Here are some of the key issues we can help with:

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With more than 170 years of experience in serving family enterprises like yours, our team of dedicated professionals brings deep knowledge and offers a wide range of services to help you grow your company today while protecting your wealth and supporting your legacy. We understand the challenges you face, but we also appreciate how your unique strengths as a family business are an integral part of your success.

No matter where you are on your business journey, we’re at your side to help you craft the right approach to addressing your needs across your business, including:

  • Continuity and succession planning
  • Defining purpose and values with a family charter
  • Tax and wealth planning
  • Family management and conflict management
  • Board composition and responsibilities
  • Digital strategy and transformation
  • Revenue models and efficiency improvements
  • Financing and deal opportunities
  • Family and business governance

Wednesday December 1