In this most joyous of seasons, I want to extend a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our dear members of Family Business Atlantic. Also, in this season of reflection and looking forward, I thought it would be a good opportunity to review where we’ve been and where we’re going as an Association.
In November, we had a very successful fall family business dinner that honoured women in business & leadership, and it was a pleasure to have Monique Fares of Signature Health, and Lindsay Cameron Wilson of Food Stories with us to share their experiences and their inspiration. There were many great takeaways – especially for those within a family business and who are looking to find work and life balance. Jordi Morgan did a professional job of facilitating this session and the conversation can be heard on his podcast airing early in the New Year.
The Association has been concentrating on membership value this past year and much has been done to enhance relationships and create opportunities for our advisors and family members to connect. We’re currently working on a strategy that will enable our peer groups to reach out to our trusted advisors on a variety of issues and topics that are important to family business conversations and will be aiming to roll out this initiative in early 2020.
As I reflect on the past year, I am proud to say we have developed a strong support system for entrepreneurs. A focus group was held at Charcoal Marketing in October to engage SMEs and address the challenges they face in their respective businesses, so that we can develop programming that’s meaningful and relevant to them. There’s another full calendar of events for this upcoming year, and we’ve secured several exciting and impactful programs that we cannot wait to deliver! Please share our events with your networks and ask us about our membership referral program. Together we can grow and affect change.
In the start of my first term as President, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you and promise to actively continue to work toward the success of our Association by providing value to our members. Thank you to our Board of Directors and committees for everything you do to carry out our vision of being Canada’s most respected family business network.
Have a great Holiday!
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