Connecting families with success to propel business forward.

We’re off to another great year at Family Business Atlantic – due in large part to the great leadership Alan Stretch, Fiona Diamond and our board members have provided over the last few years transitioning from CAFE to Family Business Atlantic. Your vision and steadfast commitment to creating a more nimble, grassroots organization has translated into many successes.

Programming has been stellar, with an incredible presentation recently delivered by Jessie Jollymore and some of the youth at Hope Blooms. It was an inspiring family business dinner and we were delighted to celebrate their many successes. More great events are coming up, with a breakfast session on November 27 at BOYNECLARKE LLP, addressing how businesses should be dealing with the introduction of cannabis in the workplace. The year ends with our annual Holiday Social on December 5 in Burnside, hosted by our members, Northeastern Protection Services. Go to our event page for a listing of more events including our 2019 Peter Wilson Dinner with Tim Moore.

With the growth in our membership over the past 18 months, we have seen an increased demand from members wishing to join a Peer-to-Peer group and have successfully launched a sixth group. This membership increase has been steady and I want to recognize our Membership Chair, Ron Cluett, our Advisor Chair, Andre Boudreau and their respective committee members for this 40% bump in our membership numbers. Please log on to our members only page to familiarize yourself with our list of trusted advisors – they’re happy to connect with our Peer Groups and family members to discuss issues important to business owners. They’re a tremendous resource and add value to your membership – please take advantage and visit the site often to view their skills and competencies.

Last year, we secured ACOA funding to help us better understand businesses in Atlantic Canada. This informed us on how to create a stronger brand and develop a communication plan that includes a billboard and digital media campaign. I hope that you’ve seen these ads and I encourage you to share names of any prospects during this media campaign. With your help, we can as we connect more businesses and families with the kind of resources and support they need to prosper. Recent research showed us that 70% of businesses in Atlantic Canada self-identify as a family owned and operated business, meaning there’s lots of opportunity for us to grow!

I would be remiss if I didn’t promote the John Abbass Sr. Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship assists students pursuing their first post-secondary educational program – a benefit to our members, their family and staff. Applications are extended to any Nova Scotian student looking to pursue higher education. Please feel free to share the application with anyone who you think might qualify. Click here to download the application form. Please note, the deadline is March 31, 2019.

Finally, I want to recognize and thank our outgoing Board members who have served Family Business Atlantic with so much dedication: Fiona Diamond, David Humphreys, Chace Hynes, Gina McFetridge and Ali Tregunno – it’s has been a pleasure working alongside you all and we appreciate all you’ve done to support our Association. I know you’ll continue to be active members, but you will be missed on the Board of Directors.

Alan Streatch is now our Past President and we’re honoured to have Margie Humphreys of Watermark Partners, Robert Carr from MNP LLP and Leanne Salyzyn of Salyzyn & Associates joining our Board. We also welcome Patrick O’Connor of MNP LLP who is now chair of our Family Business Awards program. Michelle LaVigne and Sarah Wilson are important members of our team and work with our Board and Committees to ensure you are receiving value from your membership. With their support, and with our capable volunteers, Family Business Atlantic is well positioned to help propel business forward in our region.

Please, stay connected and stay active.

Keep well and regards,

John Abbass

John Abbass


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