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The seminars, programs and events offered by the Alberta Business Family Institute can help you build a successful future for your organization and the members of your family.

A must-attend Alberta business gala dinner, the Signature Event is ABFI’s annual celebration of the history and success of outstanding multi-generational business families. With an attendance of over 600 people combined in Edmonton and Calgary, it is an opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of some of Canada’s most successful businesses and the families who own them.

Since 2003, Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI) has been sharing the stories of successful business families. Not merely an award or a family of the year designation, the Signature Event it is a celebration, highlighting the inner workings of businesses and the families who own them. This year, we are pleased to announce the 20th Signature Event honouring the Sunner Family of Durabuilt Windows & Doors.

ABFI hosts Terry Hay Legacy Series events to celebrate Terry’s commitment to learning and personal development made possible by the Hay Family of Scandinavian Building Services, our 2022 Signature Family

Check out our Terry Hay Leadership Series brought to you with the support of the Hay Famil Scandinavian Building Services.

Dive into the world of family businesses with our podcast, “Table Talk with ABFI.” Hosted by ABFI’s Executive Director, Matt Knight, this unscripted podcast spotlights Alberta’s entrepreneurial families, revealing:

  • Origins & Evolution: Discover the foundation of family enterprises and their transformative journeys.
  • Personal Triumphs: Hear heartfelt stories of individual ambition and resilience.
  • Family Dynamics: Navigate the intricate interplay of relationships, transitions, and generational handovers.
  • Growth & Motivation: Uncover breakthrough moments and strategies propelling these businesses forward.

In the 4th episode of Table Talk, A New Chapter: Leading Cashco Financial into the Future, Matt Knight is joined by Lindsay Dodd, CEO of Cashco Financial, and Tim Latimer, Board Director and Founder of Cashco Financial and current CEO of Business as a Force for Good. Cashco Financial is a consumer finance corporation with the mission to “end financial exclusion by putting a million Canadians on a path to financial health.”

They discuss the evolutionary journey of their organization to become a consumer finance corporation with 250 employees across 4 provinces. In addition to discussing strategies, challenges, and best practices for developing a company with a powerful vision of social impact, Tim and Lindsay offer valuable insights and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, new CEOs, and family businesses in the early stages of their journey.

Season 1

S1-Episode 1: Sarah Baptiste, 2nd Generation President and CEO of ArrKann Trailer & RV
S1-Episode 2: VETS Group, 4th Generation leaders, Sean Rayner and Erin Rayner
S1-Episode 3: Poppy Barley Founders and Co-CEOS, Justine and Kendall Barber
S1-Episode 4: Cashco Financial leaders, Tim Latimer and Lindsay Dodd

Be inspired by tales of tenacity, innovation, and family legacy by subscribing to Table Talk.

Would you like to be a guest on “Table Talk with ABFI”? Or maybe you know someone who has something to say on our podcast. If so, contact abfi@ualberta.ca for more information.

BEING PART OF A BUSINESS FAMILY CAN FEEL ISOLATING. Peer groups bring together a group of 8-10 business family leader to share common experiences and solutions to business, family, and governance challenges.

The relaunch of our NxGen Leadership program has been designed to allow the leaders of tomorrow the opportunity to exchange

ideas, pursue learning and share strategies to achieve growth and success on both a professional and personal level. 
Family business peer groups are moderated by professional facilitators from ABFI. These confidential groups often become one’s personal board of advisors, offering support and peer-to-peer learning. Please apply to abfi@ualberta.ca if you would like more information on our peer groups.

The FEA Program & Designation will expand your expertise and help you bring family-focused and thoughtful solutions to your family enterprise clients. The Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) Program prepares you to be fluent in the complexities and nuances of serving business families. In 2024, Family Enterprise Canada will offer three opportunities for the FEA Programs in January, May, and October. Register for the 2024 FEA Program today. For more information contact Tim Mohr at tmohr@familyenterprise.ca

Canada’s only Business Execution (BEx) Summit takes a passionate group of business leaders out of their day-to-day environments and brings then together at the inspiring Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. It’s a highly engaging platform for business leaders across Western Canada to learn from thought leaders, share best practices, and build great companies.

Attendees at the BEx Summit can look forward to:

  • Facilitated workshops that address specific topics that many leadership teams struggle with;
  • Opportunities to form meaningful relationships with an insightful group of likeminded business leaders; and
  • World class keynote speakers, industry leaders, local experts, and real-life case studies.