Families Summit of Minds


Understand tomorrow’s world today in an atmosphere of trust, discovery and well-being.


Families Summit of Minds

Our world is increasingly complex. Leaders must now reflect upon the far-distant futures of their enterprises.  Our immediate actions today have deeper and longer- term implications: decisions have multi-faceted economic, societal and environmental consequences.

How best to address these recurrent unknowns? The Monthly Barometer and Business Families Foundation have joined forces to tackle this question and many others in the inaugural Families Summit of Minds.


Format   Program   Speakers   Location   How to Participate

About the Event

Bringing together thought leaders from enterprising families to act nimbly on their futures has long constituted Business Families Foundation’s DNA. Since 2015, the Monthly Barometer’s Summit of Minds has attracted international mavens to address global issues through frank, open discussion in an inspired and inspirational yet relaxed environment.

In this new rendering, the Families Summit of Minds makes its North American debut. Conceived for both senior and next-generation family members, the summit deftly brings participants into an atmosphere of trust and mindfulness while engaging guests through revitalizing activities set in exceptional natural locations that reinvigorate the mind, body and spirit.

Families Summit of Minds crosses age and gender lines. It explores intergenerational issues and seeks paths for next-gens to Dream-Dare-Do, combining insights and investible ideas for blue-sky thinking with like-minded guests.

Families Summit of Minds follows three themes: (1) family enterprise, (2) macroeconomics and geopolitics, and (3) well-being.

To offer our guests maximum interaction and cross-inspiration, all elements of the program are structured as conversations and collective brainstorming. Prominent thinkers or practitioners frame the conversation, but everybody at the summit is a speaker. Add your own personal ingredient and stir the pot.

Families Summit of Minds:

  • Combines high-level content with experiential learning and well-being activities
  • Connects like-minded individuals: enterprising families and thought leaders
  • Draws on common wisdom, contrasting opinions and solution-driven ideas
  • Every participant is a contributor


The Format

Prominent and diverse thinkers and practitioners frame the conversations but all our participants are potential speakers. The program favors collective brainstorming and active guest participation. Frank, but always courteous, debates take place in an atmosphere of mutual trust. 

Our Topics:

  1. Does Purpose Matter?
  2. Socially Responsible Business
  3. Mens Sana in Copore Sano
  4. A Question of Time
  5. Multilateral Trade Agreements... or Discord?
  6. Turmoil, Democracy and the Americas
  7. Polarization and Transcending Borders
  8. Redefining Cultural Governance
  9. Tech and the Rise of the Rest
  10. Build an Intrapreneurial Mindset
  11. Women and Leadership
  12. Where Next for Sustainability?

The program is deliberately intense and offers an abundance of animated sessions to choose from. Chatham House Rules apply: although conscious that today’s world is fully transparent, we ask you to respect the anonymity of attendees. This will guarantee that our conversations remain frank and direct.


The Program


Outdoor Activities
cooking lessons

2:00 PM
Take off –
Mining Your 

3:30 PM
Interacting in Parallel

Take a deep dive on why purpose matters deeply for professionals seeking growth and for (Family) businesses seeking a competitive edge.

Engage in an insightful conversation to better understand why it’s the latter and what the implications are.

Engage with practitioners on the impact of isolation on leaders and why we should broaden our definition of success.

5:00 PM
Engineered Serendipity

6:30 PM
Welcoming drinks
at Museum of
Contemporary art

7:30 PM
Opening Dinner


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Outdoor & Experiential Activities  
A hike into The Grands Jardins, Winter kayacking on the St Lawrence, Via Ferrata in National Parc

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Interacting in Parallel

Explore generational questions and better understand why few family enterprises make it past three generations.

Join international families and experts to explore the impact of shifting trade agreements on our personal lives and the wider economy.

Join responsible owners and explore lessons learned from Volkswagen’s “dieselgate,” the precedent set by Vale Dam disaster in Brazil and whether corporate social responsibility needs redefining.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Stretch and Tea

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Mining Your Mind

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
Interacting in Parallel

Explore the perceptions and realities of women as risk-averse chief emotional officers in family businesses.

Explore the causes and effects of current political and economic unrest in the Americas.

Engage with experts and your peers to learn why cultural issues can make or break business marriages.

5:45 PM
Engineered Serendipity

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Themed Working Dinners

9:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Night Cap – Don’t Go to
Bed Yet


7:00 AM
Power Yoga

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfasts’ Inspiration

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Mining your Mind

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Interacting in Parallel

Take a deep dive to better understand the impact of economic migration on the global economy and doing business today.

Across two generations of business leaders, learn why enterprising families must embrace intrapreneurial initiatives, tap existing resources, and develop all-new revenue streams from legacy operations.

Discover whether conscious investing is gaining credence in the hearts and minds of pioneers, corporate captains and government leaders.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Stretch and Juice

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Mining Your Mind

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Extracting the nuggets

1:00 PM
Departing Brunch

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
A Bit Extra


Philippe Bourguignon

Philippe Bourguignon

Vice Chairman of Revolution Places, Executive Co-Chairman of Exclusive Resorts, USA

Philippe Bourguignon is vice chairman of Revolution Places, a company that is creating a new model for travel and tourism that promotes and encourages a healthy lifestyle. In addition, he serves as executive co-chairman of Exclusive Resorts, a carefully vetted collection of more than 300 privately managed multimillion-dollar residences in iconic destinations paired with highly personalized and intuitive service. Prior to joining Revolution Places, Philippe was co-chief executive officer of the Davos-based World Economic Forum in 2003 and 2004. Previously, as chairman and chief executive of Club Med, he was widely credited with a comprehensive turnaround of the company in 2000.

Sumitra Aswani

Sumitra Aswani

Executive Director of Ishk Tolaram Foundation, SINGAPORE

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.

Moises Naim

Moises Naim

Former Venezuelan Minister of Trade & Industry, Executive Director of the World Bank, Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Moisés Naím is an internationally-syndicated columnist and best-selling author. In 2013, Naim was named one of the world’s leading thinkers by the British magazine Prospect and for the past three years, Dr. Naím has been ranked among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Group of Fifty (G50), which brings together top-flight progressive Latin American business leaders, and a member of the board of directors of the Open Society Foundations as well as several global companies.


Steve Case

Steve Case

Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Founder and Partner of Revolution Growth, Co-Founder of America Online, Chairman of Case Foundation, USA

Steve Case is Chairman and CEO of Revolution, and one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Third  Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future. In his role at Revolution, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ new businesses. The mission is to establish Revolution as the premier firm outside of Silicon Valley. Steve’s entrepreneurial career began in 1985 when he co-founded America Online (AOL).

Robert Frances

Robert Frances

Founder Peak Group, CANADA

Chairman & CEO, PEAK Financial Group

As well as being a member of the BFF board, Robert has also served on several boards and steering committees (MFDA, IDA, CAFP) and was Chairman of the Board of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), as well as Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business Advisory Board.  In 1992, Robert founded Peak Financial group. PEAK administers $9 billion in assets and looks after the needs of over 150,000 Canadians through its 1,500 financial professionals and employees.   He is also 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. He is also recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for services and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. Recently, his passion for music led him to invest in LANDR, a digital mastering company, where he now serves as chairman of the board.

Christiane Germain

Christiane Germain

Co-Founder of Hotels Le Germain, CANADA

As Co-President of Group Germain Hotels, Christiane Germain oversees operations and marketing for all of the Group’s properties. Committed to the economic vitality of the country, Christiane attaches great importance to the development of Canadian talent, which she supports particularly through the local procurement policy implemented by the Group. In addition to presiding over a growing business, Christiane Germain is chair of the board of directors of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and is involved in supporting numerous charities.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Loram 99 Corporation, CANADA

Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation; Founder, Institute of Family Business

Currently Chairwoman of Loram 99 Corporation, Margaret-Jean’s responsibilities include the strategic planning of her family business office and family council. Along with taking care of her roots, she is also inspired to take care of other families with the creation of IFEA (Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors) and as an active board member at both Business Families Foundation and FEX (Family Enterprise Xchange).

Antoine Mayaud

Antoine Mayaud

Founder Affectio Project, Mulliez Family, FRANCE

Board Member of AFM (Association Familiale Mulliez); Chairman of CreAdev

Antoine is an active member in his entrepreneurial family, which is at the head of several businesses known as “Groupe Auchan”, in France. Antoine has contributed immensely to the Association Familiale Mulliez and was elected at the Mulliez family board to concentrate fully on the AFM in two fields. First, as Chairman of the family equity fund, “CreAdev”, which promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in young family or non-family entrepreneurs with the goal to help develop the AFM portfolio and secondly, to help develop the “affectio societatis” (shareholders’ desire to work together efficiently in the long-term) through training and education. His work continues to impact his family, community and the economy immensely, all through initiatives driven by innovation and education. Antoine is also a proud new member of Business Families Foundation’s board of directors.

Ali Borhani

Ali Borhani

Managing Director of 3Sixty Strategic Advisors Ltd., UK

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.

Helen Antoniou

Helen Antoniou

Executive Coach for corporate leaders and member of the International Coaching Federation, CANADA

Helen Antoniou is an executive coach for corporate leaders and their teams, as well as family business owners and their successors. She is the author of the Globe and Mail bestseller, Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson, a business biography of her father-in-law and past chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, published in May 2018.  Helen is also a volunteer board member in the areas of health, education and the arts.  She is member of the International Coaching Federation and holds degrees from McGill University, Université de Paris II – Assas, and Harvard University.

Andrew Molson

Andrew Molson

Board Member of Molson Coors Brewing Company, USA

A member of the seventh generation of the Molson family, Andrew serves on the board of Molson Coors Brewing Company. In 2005, he became a partner and conductor of a transition between the firm's founder and a new generation of managers. Andrew Molson is today the majority shareholder of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, a holding and management company of professional services firms offering a full range of communications services to a wide range of businesses.

Tony Bury

Tony Bury

Founder and Chairman of Mowgli Foundation, UK

Bury is a serial entrepreneur and has established 18 start-ups. He recently launched 3sixty Capital, an investment holding company which provides 360° capital investment to established and entrepreneurial ventures that seek and deliver maximum ripple effect impact over and above strong and sustainable commercial returns. In 2008, Bury founded the Mowgli Foundation, an award winning, UK-headquartered mentoring organization in response to the need for job creation and sustainable economic development, particularly in the MENA region and UK. Today the Mowgli Alumni has over 550 entrepreneurs and mentors.

Dean Kriellaars

Dean Kriellaars

Associate Professor of College of Rehabilitation Sciences, CANADA

Dr. Kriellaars has an ongoing research at the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) which focuses on physical literacy and neural control of movement. Projects include:

  1. physical literacy of children (cross-sectional and interventional trials)
  2. neural control of movement after ACL injury and subsequent surgery
  3. mobility of older adults using a physical literacy framework
  4. assessment of cervical stabilization during ambulance transport and in emergency room
  5. training optimization in high performance circus artists
Jean-Nicolas Beuze

Jean-Nicolas Beuze

UNHRC Representative, CANADA

Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 20 years with the United Nations in the areas of Human Rights (OHCHR), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and UNICEF at Headquarters and in the field before joining UNHCR in Lebanon as Deputy Representative for Protection and Inter-Agency Coordination. Prior to joining UNHCR, he was the UNICEF Child Protection Advisor for the MENA region (2010-13) working on emergency responses in Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and strengthening public child protection and education systems in the region. He was previously appointed as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit of UN PeaceKeeping/DPKO mission in Afghanistan/UNAMA (2008-10) focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians. He previously worked as a Research Director in a human rights think-tank (International Council on Human Rights Policy) on issues of peace agreements, transitional justice, national human rights institutions and the reform of the UN human rights system. Jean-Nicolas Beuze holds a LL.M in international human rights law from Essex University, UK, and a Master in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International Relations, Geneva/Switzerland.

The Location

Charlevoix, La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul

La Malbaie is a natural amphitheatre where the St. Lawrence River provides spectacular views, from Saint Fidèle to Pointe-au-Pic. Adventure-seekers have sought out the region since 1760, when the Scottish feudal lords John Nairne and Malcolm Fraser began receiving visitors at their estates.

Minutes away from La Malbaie lies charming Baie Saint-Paul. Of all the little towns in the region, this beautiful blend of the outdoors and the bohemian (this is Cirque du Soleil’s hometown) is arguably the most alluring.

Learn More

Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa

Participate to Summit

Fresh perspectives. Uncommon approaches. Exceptional settings. Families Summit of Minds will sharpen your sense of tomorrow in a vibrant atmosphere of collaboration, discovery and well‑being.

Who can attend?

What is included?

  • Valid for two people. We strongly believe in the power of two, whether spouses, siblings, cousins...
  • Includes all meals. Access to all sessions.
  • Includes all outdoor activities.


  • Early Bird Tickets (1 pair + 1 next gen)* - CAD$4,500
  • Regular Ticket (1 pair) - CAD$4,500
  • Each Next Gen - CAD$1,200

*Until June 30th, your first Next Gen is our guest.



*Until June 30th, get our early bird ticket and your first Next Gen is our guest!

Written notice of cancellation must be sent directly to Business Families Foundation by email.The terms below will apply. All refunds will be processed and issued within 60 days after the Forum.

  • Before June 30th, 2019: Full refund less CAD$100 handling fee (per person registered)
  • Between July 1st and September 1st, 2019: 50% of total registration fee is refunded
  • From September 2nd, 2019: No refund except “force majeure”

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