Peter Wilson Dinner

This year’s Peter Wilson Dinner was held on November 18, 2022 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Family Business Association-Atlantic’s signature annual fundraising event

FBA Welcomed the Cresco Families to the 2022 Peter Wilson Dinner Stage on November 18 at the Halifax Convention Centre

Taleb Abildali and Hossein Mousavi


This year’s 25th Peter Wilson Dinner featured the Cresco family. An amazing celebration of Family Business Atlantic’s silver anniversary, Hossein Mousavi and Taleb Abidali enchanted the crowd with their story and were honoured with a standing ovation at the end of their presentation.

For over 30 years, the owners of Cresco, first-generation Canadians Hossein Mousavi and Taleb Abidali, and their team have built award-winning homes and communities across Halifax. The magic of this successful family-owned company is in its collaboration with customers, partners and a loyal network of builders and trades. Cresco is known for its relentless focus on quality and artistry in building homes and developing communities such as The Ravines of Bedford South and The Parks of West Bedford.

Whether building single-family homes, multi-unit residential or commercial properties, or working through master-planned developments, Cresco has a long-term perspective on land acquisition, partnerships, community building and the innovative use of design and building principles.

With over fifty industry and community awards and progressive, long-term thinking, Cresco is deeply committed to giving back, evidenced by its active participation and support of organizations such as the Cobequid Health Centre Foundation, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, Halifax YMCA, Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association, Urban Development Institute, Halifax Partnership, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, and Family Business Atlantic. Cresco has also built lottery homes for multiple charities over the past two decades.

The Cresco family is an ardent supporter of FBA and is a past national Family Enterprise of the Year Award winner. Amanée Mousavi, Hossein’s daughter, served as FBA President from 2019 – 2021 and is an active peer group member along with Farhang Fotovat, Taleb’s son-in-law. We were truly honoured to share their family business story with you at our 25th anniversary dinner!

“The Peter Wilson Dinner has been a celebration of the success and contributions of family businesses for 25 years. Our family and employees have benefited tremendously by learning from others and sharing our own family business experience. My father, Peter, would be very proud of the event’s legacy and the contribution that it makes to the development of family businesses in the region.” – David Wilson, son of the late Peter Wilson

Our 2022 Sponsors


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Interested in supporting in our Peter Wilson Dinner? Find out more about becoming a sponsor for next year’s dinner by reaching out to us through the contact us link below.

2022 Dinner Photos

Hossein Mousavi and Taleb Abidali of Cresco, with their families.
Hossein Mousavi (L) and Taleb Abidali (R) of Cresco entertain the guests during their keynote speech.

Peter Wilson

We remember Peter Wilson each year as not only one of the principal founders of our Association, but also as an instrumental part of the establishment of this dinner, back in 1996.  Since that first dinner, we have been entertained and educated by well-known business leaders such as: Scott McCain, John Risley, Paul and Rob Sobey, Derek and Giles Oland, Rob Steele, Andrew and Patrick Oland, Jon Stanfield, George Bishop, Tim Moore, and, in 2021, Dennis Campbell. While the dinner commemorates Peter and his contributions to the development of FBA-Atlantic, it also provides guests with an opportunity to celebrate the successes of well-known entrepreneurs and hear about the challenges and successes they have encountered while growing and operating a successful family business.  

Special thanks to John Abbass of Econo Color for being our exclusive Association Photographer.
Most event photos are credited to Mr. Abbass.

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