Our Featured Programs & Services

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.

Is Your Business Equipped to be Here in 10 Years?

March 31, 2023
7:30am – 9:30am
Sabrina Fitzgerald, PwC Canada

Employee shortages.  Rising inflation and interest rates.   Supply chain disruptions.

Get an exclusive look as PwC Canada’s Sabrina Fitzgerald outlines the issues facing business leaders like you! 

Sabrina will be joined by Flanagan Foodservice and  BusPlanner Inc., to discuss how they are navigating their own company’s short and long term challenges. 

When it Comes to Your Business Family, Does $$$ Really Make the World go Around?

April 13, 2023
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Bryan Huck, BDO Canada

The physical/financial assets and rewards from your family business are to serve your other intangible, non-financial family assets.

During this forum, we will share perspectives and insights among your peers. We will meet you wherever you are at, understanding that as each family business is unique, these assets will be too.

The Brave New World of Attracting and Keeping Top Talent

April 18, 2023
4:30pm – 7:00pm
Panel Discussion

Join us for lite bites and an in-person panel discussion at the Catalyst137 Building. How can companies:  

  1. Attract new hires in 2023 
  2. Manage the “right” sizing of current staff  
  3. Align compensation packages of new and existing hires 
  4. Manage work flexibility 
  5. Save costs on benefits programs amid increasing expenses

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