Speakers

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Patricia Saputo

Patricia Saputo

CFO Family Office of Placements Italcan Inc., CANADA

Patricia Saputo is Chief Financial Officer of Placements Italcan Inc. In her role, Patricia manages her immediate family’s “Family Office". Her specialization is in the domain of investment holding companies, personal and corporate tax, and Estate/Succession planning which includes investment planning, will planning and life insurance planning. She is developing expertise in the area of managing wealth as it is distributed to future generations so they become responsible stewards of their own wealth.

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.

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.

Thierry Malleret

Thierry Malleret

Co-Founder of Monthly Barometer, FRANCE

Thierry Malleret is the co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today's most influential opinion and decision-makers. Previously, Malleret founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum, a network that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term.

Michelle Osry

Michelle Osry

Family Enterprise Consulting Practice Leader of Deloitte, CANADA

Michelle leads Deloitte Canada’s Family Enterprise Consulting practice, advising business families on generational transitions and helping them to build the alignment and resilience needed to flourish across generations. Committed to the whole family as a client, Michelle draws on a structured approach that melds traditional consulting experience with systems thinking and the insights and empathies needed to help families navigate the complexities of wealth and family dynamics. Michelle is the Vice Chair of the Family Enterprise Xchange, a Canadian organization dedicated to empowering enterprising families and their advisors. In 2017, Michelle was selected as one of B.C.'s Most Influential Women 2017.  In 2015, Michelle was a YWCA Women of Distinction Award Nominee.

Ken Tencer

Ken Tencer

CEO of Spyder Works Inc., CANADA

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.

François M. de Visscher

François M. de Visscher

Founder and President of de Visscher & Co., USA

François is the founder of de Visscher & Co. and shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise Bekaert. Bekaert, founded by his grandfather in 1880, has sales of $6 billion in over 100 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire (and related) products. François’ own endeavor, de Visscher & Co., is one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting and investment banking firms for family and closely-held companies. François has a vast understanding of the many ways investments can have a positive impact that go beyond simply growing or expanding a business. He is also head of the NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-ear Technologies and chairman of Society of Friends of Belgium in America.

Mark W. Auger

Mark W. Auger

Executive Vice-President of Investments and Strategic Acquisitions at Groupe Savoie - Les Résidences Soleil, CANADA

Mark has served business families for more than twenty five years in varying leadership and functional roles. Intrigued by the concept of organizational longevity, Mark sold his interest in a multifamily office, he co-founded, to pursue his doctorate degree in strategic management and organizational behavior of dynastic business families at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. From his research on business dynasties, a Dynastic Business Family Strategy Framework emerged. Mark leads the Savoie family investment company which allocates family capital to investment opportunities in the private and public markets.

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.

Robert Nason

Robert Nason

Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Society at Concordia University, CANADA

Robert Nason is assistant professor of Management in the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He also currently serves as the Academic Director of Concordia’s Certificate in Business Ownership and the KPMG-JMSB Entrepreneurial Indices Initiative. Robert’s research examines the role of entrepreneurship in society with a focus on necessity entrepreneurship, business families, firm growth, and social performance.

Anita Nowak

Anita Nowak

Founding Director of Social Economy Initiative, CANADA

Anita Nowak, PhD is an empathy expert, award-winning educator, author and social impact coach. She teaches Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation at McGill University. As founding Director of the Social Economy Initiative, she was responsible for integrating social entrepreneurship and social innovation into the Desautels Faculty of Management’s teaching, research and outreach. She also co-designed a massive open online course called Social Learning for Social Impact. She also served as Program & Instructional Design Advisor to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation’s Public Leadership Program and advised the McConnell Foundation on RECODE, an initiative to help scale social innovation at colleges and universities across Canada. Anita is a three-time TEDx speaker and the author of The Empaths Strike Back: Stories of Everyday Heroes Using Empathy to Change the World (forthcoming). Finally, as a certified personal & professional coach, Anita supports HNWIs and their families achieve their philanthropic and social impact goals.

Charles Onu

Charles Onu

Founder and AI Research Lead of Ubenwa Intelligence Solutions Inc.

Charles is the founder and AI research lead of Ubenwa Intelligence Solutions Inc, a company that applies artificial intelligence and mobile technology to enable timely diagnosis of birth asphyxia from a newborn cry. He carries out research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and medicine. In January 2016, Charles was awarded Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), an acknowledgement of persons working to improve the lives and prospects of citizens of the commonwealth

Dr. Nir Tsuk

Dr. Nir Tsuk

Innovation & Intrapreneurship Professor & Practitioner, ISRAEL

Dr. Nir Tsuk is a seasoned practitioner, academic and facilitator with over 20 years of international experience in the fields of social capital, entrepreneurship, impact and culture of innovation. Serving as a Visiting Professor at the Bronfman Center (as well as in Osaka, Japan), Nir is now launching for New York University a new impact and intrapreneurship institute connecting New York and Tel Aviv. Prior to this, Nir helped idealist.org  the world's largest social online talent acquisition platform  to increase its size and impact as its Head of Growth, and has brought Ashoka  the world's largest social entrepreneurship organization  to Israel, after serving as a Ashoka's Global Fellowship Director in Washington DC. Nir holds a PhD from Cambridge University in social and political sciences.

Dr. Dan Marom

Dr. Dan Marom

Innovative Finance and Impact Expert, ISRAEL

Dr. Dan Marom is a thought leader in innovative finance, focusing on impact investments in emerging markets. He is heading Genius 100 do tank, aiming to transform visions to impactful realities, alongside being a faculty member at the Hebrew university’s business school. He co‐authored “The Crowdfunding Revolution” and “Crowdfunding: The corporate era”, while his third book “Crowd Asset: Crowdfunding for policy makers” will be published in late 2019. Dr. Marom advises international organizations such as the World Bank, the European Commission and other organizations and foundations that are operating in the alternative finance & impact fields. He hold a PhD in Finance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ido Aharoni

Ido Aharoni

Ambassador, New York University, USA

Ambassador Ido Aharoni serves as Global Distinguished Professor for International Relations at New York University’s Faculty of Arts and Science. He is the founder of the Brand Israel Program and a well-known place branding practitioner. He is a co-founder of Emerson Rigby Ltd., Global Ambassador of Genius 100 Visions, a member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide, a Global Ambassador for Maccabi World Union and the Chairman of the Charney Forum on New Diplomacy. In the spring of 1993, Aharoni was appointed to serve under then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, as policy assistant to Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, In that capacity, Aharoni took part in the back-channel negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles and the Mutual Recognition Agreement (also known as the Oslo Accords).

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.

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