30 October 2019

The Future of Family businesses is discussed in Charlevoix

From November 15th to 17th, Charlevoix will host the first-ever Families Summit of Minds in North America. This joint initiative of the Monthly Barometer and the Business Families Foundation (BFF) will bring together entrepreneurial family members, investors, opinion leaders and change-makers to reflect together on the key issues that today's businesses are facing.

Inspired Exchanges in an Inspiring Setting

The three-day summit aims to stimulate discussion and reflection on many aspects of the entrepreneurial reality of today and tomorrow, in a relaxed and positive atmosphere. Participants will have the chance to enjoy the enchanting natural environment of Charlevoix while taking part in the great brainstorming that will revolve around three main themes: family enterprise, macroeconomics and geopolitics, and well-being.
  • On Thursday, November 15th, participants will have the opportunity, among other things, to attend discussions about the impact of physical well-being on a good decision-making, the importance of purpose, intrapreneurial mindset, as well as the duality between wealth capture and wealth preservation.
  • Friday, November 16th, will offer a variety of outdoor and experiential activities followed by discussion sessions and a selection of theme dinners to deepen reflection on certain topics. The big panels of the day will focus on original investments, the role of culture in family business, how to think about the long-term in an era focused on instantaneity as well as women and leadership.
  • On Saturday, November 17th, on the closing day of the summit, participants will have the opportunity to attend various thematic lunches followed by the final panels on the impact of the migration crisis on family businesses and the role of these families, as well as responsible investment in family businesses.
The full program of the summit is available on the website of the Families in Business Foundation.

A Family Matter

The Business Families Foundation (BFF) is an initiative of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation. The BFF is dedicated to supporting family businesses of all sizes on an international scale. Although the de Gaspé Beaubien family has made the decision to leave governance in the care of other highly competent families, it remains actively and financially involved with the BFF. Indeed, always committed to the success and evolution of family businesses, de Gaspé Beaubien continues to act as trusted advisors for the BFF. As an expert in family entrepreneurship, Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien will be participating in a panel discussion on Friday, November 16th about leadership and women alongside Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, Marie Pier Germain and Françoise Gagnon. A strong advocate of women's business, she will discuss the involvement of women in family businesses and the impact of their inclusion on the performance of these companies. The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, which comes from a long tradition of family businesses, is proud to invest in ensuring the long-term success of family businesses. According to the vision of the de Gaspé-Beaubien family, it is through hard work, study and collaboration that family businesses can be helped to prosper and to carry out ambitious projects that impact small and big communities.