Board & Team

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Meet the Founders

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-B and Philippe devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Pioneers in their field, they continue to break new ground supporting global enterprising families, women’s issues, public health and environmental causes. Imparting knowledge, wisdom and serving others, their special passion is devoted to helping the next generation of women family members succeed and thrive. Bringing together professionals, academics and experienced family entrepreneurs to exchange knowledge, Nan-B and Philippe partner with top universities worldwide to advance the cause of family enterprise.

Board of Directors
BFF believes in equal gender representation and is governed by spouses of entrepreneurial families. Currently, the board members represent three continents and 6 countries. Up to 8 families can be represented on the board, elected for 3 years among members. Co-chairs are elected among members.

Board members are divided into working clusters with mandates covering Governance, Finance, Strategic / Distribution / Partnerships and Programming, to match strategies broadly.

Meet the Board of Directors

Margaret-Jean Mannix & Alex Adelaar

Margaret-Jean Mannix & Alex Adelaar

Co-chairs, Business Families Foundation

Currently, she is Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation where her responsibilities tend to the strategic planning of the family office and the family council. With ongoing involvement in her own family business since 1995, she has gained valuable experience managing teams and adapting to cultures around the world when exploring opportunities for growth. Outside the family business, she has also held positions at Global Private Banking and The Royal Bank of Canada as well as continued her ongoing education at Loyola University’s Next General Leadership Institute.

Patricia Annino & Robert Carr

Patricia Annino & Robert Carr

An Accredited Estate Planner (AEP), an acclaimed author and renowned lawyer, Patricia Annino has been inspiring men and women on the topics of wealth management and retention for over 20 years. She chairs the Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group at Prince, Lobel and Tye LLP and is also a member of the firm’s Media and Intellectual Property Group. Additionally, she is committed to her community and is a member of multiple boards and foundations that give back to causes including special education, health and alumni associations.

Sumitra Aswani & Pramod Nair

Sumitra Aswani & Pramod Nair

Sumitra Aswani is executive director of Singapore-based Ishk Tolaram Foundation, an affiliate of her family’s fourth-generation consumer goods business, Tolaram Group. Sumitra’s role with Ishk Tolaram Foundation is concentrated in Africa, where she works with vulnerable communities. Active within the FBN, Business Families Foundation and Nexus, Sumitra previously practiced clinical medicine.

Sujata & Sach Chandaria

Sujata & Sach Chandaria

Sach Chandaria is a 5th generation member of a large family that has interests in a diverse group of businesses across base materials processing and manufacturing, media, technology and electronics. The family began from modest origins in East Africa almost a hundred years ago.
Sach and his family’s core focus is on nurturing entrepreneurial talent in sectors with global dynamic growth potential. A core part of their philosophy is also to reinvest the majority of wealth created through these activities into philanthropic objectives.

Sach was born in Kenya and grew up mostly in North America. He is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland prior to which he spent time in Singapore, Shanghai and Nairobi. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

Robert Frances & Mary del Papa

Robert Frances & Mary del Papa

The Founder, Chairman and CEO of the PEAK Financial Group Inc. PEAK administers $8 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.

Beyond his firm’s activities, Robert dedicates much of his time to the finance community and industry. Robert is an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), of which he held the position of International Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 2012. Robert is recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.

Robert and his wife, Mary, are the proud parents of four children.

Paulina Garza Lagüera Gonda & Mauricio M. Brittingham

Paulina Garza Lagüera Gonda & Mauricio M. Brittingham

Paulina Garza serves as a Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA. She leads her Family Council and Board, and participates in the administration and investment committee in the family office. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey). Currently, she lives in Vancouver, Canada with her family.

Brigitte & Antoine Mayaud

Brigitte & Antoine Mayaud

Antoine Mayaud is a 3rd generation member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez) whose business interests include Auchan supermarkets, one of the world’s principal retail distribution groups. Antoine founded the Association’s ‘intrapreneurship’ program, CreAdev, which promotes and supports entrepreneurial spirit in young family entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is at the root of the family business model and has been instrumental in developing the AFM portfolio and creating long-term value, in both new ventures and established companies.

Meet the Team

Olivier de Richoufftz

Olivier de Richoufftz

President

With over a decade of experience with organizations supporting business families as well as growing and solidifying their networks, Olivier de Richoufftz is well seasoned in the important issues business families face from generation to generation. An MBA from HEC Paris, paired with his extensive experience in marketing, sales and development for organizations such as Euro Disney Resort and the France Tourism, bring strategic perspective and innovation to his Presidency at Business Families Foundation.

Thomas Clark

Thomas Clark

Content Development

An extensive background in International Development and Development studies cause Thomas to have in-depth insight and understanding of the education and management process of content related projects. His many travels around the world have enhanced his cultural sensibility and been applied in his work with organizations such as the Institute of Social Studies and even in his current philanthropic contributions in working with Hockey Helps the Homeless in Montreal.

Shanice Tadeo

Shanice Tadeo

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Ken Tencer

Ken Tencer

In-house Intrapreneurship Expert, Ontario

Ken Tencer is CEO of Spyder Works Inc. Ken helps organizations to get their ideas off of the back of the napkin and successfully into the market. A business innovator and best-selling author who helps organizations master better futures, Ken is co-developer of The 90% Rule®, a success-tested innovation process that enables businesses of all sizes to identify, filter, and implement growth opportunities.

Melissa Laflamme

Melissa Laflamme

Intrapreneurial Initiative, Quebec

Annie Veilleux

Annie Veilleux

Intrapreneurial Initiative, Quebec

Ali Borhani

Ali Borhani

Geo-Strategy Expert

Ali is an emerging markets geo-economic and strategy connoisseur. His core professional muscles have been developed and strengthened by helping blue-chip companies, MNCs (multi-nationals) and family businesses in some of the most challenging markets. Helping clients to formulate route to and market entry models, growth acceleration strategies and also supporting them to successfully execute these strategies on the ground. One of his unique abilities is in translating complex issues to simple scenarios. His peers and mentors consider him a natural storyteller with a strategic foresight that has lead to successful partnership and strategic alliances.

He is the Managing Director of 3Sixty Strategic Advisors Ltd., a boutique strategic consulting and investment firm focused on the emerging markets of Middle East, Africa and Eurasia.

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