Vanessa StrikeVanessa M. Strike

CIBC Professorship in Applied Business Family Studies
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division

Vanessa Strike is an Assistant Professor in Sauder’s Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division, and holds the CIBC Professorship in Applied Business Family Studies.

Vanessa received her PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2009.  Prior to joining UBC, Vanessa was the founding and scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Family Business at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam School of Management.  Her research interests include Family Business, Entrepreneurship, Governance, Comparative Ownership Structures, and CSR.  In particular, Vanessa focuses on the challenges of governance and decision-making within the family firm, and on family firm advising.

Vanessa has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Family Business Review, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.  Her recent award-winning publications include Leaving a Legacy of Transgenerational Success: The Effect of Socioemotional Wealth on CEO Career Horizons in Family Firms (Best Family Business Paper, Entrepreneurship Division - 2013 Academy of Management Annual Conference); The Most Trusted Advisor and the Subtle Advice Process in Family Firms; and Advising the Family Firm: Reviewing the Past to Build the Future (Most Cited Article in 2012 - Family Business Review). See Vanessa's research and publications here.

David Bentall

David C. Bentall

Adjunct Professor

As an adjunct professor at the Sauder School of Business, David has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on family enterprise since 2007 and courses for both business families and their advisors. Utilizing his experience as a leading instructor in family-business dynamics and his years as president and CEO of The Bentall Group where he increased annual sales from $150 million to almost $300 million, David provides succession consulting and executive coaching to top-performing executives. A Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaches Federation and a Family Business Advisor with the Family Firm Institute, David also co-founded the Business Families Centre and sat as Founding Chair from 2001-2006.


Wendy Sage-Hayward

Adjunct Professor

Wendy is an adjunct professor at the Sauder School of Business and has 25 years of experience working with business leaders and family firms. A leader in education and programming for business families and their advisors, she teaches at the Business Families Centre at Sauder and consults with the Family Business Consulting Group. She facilitates multi-generational conversations on firm continuity, next generation preparation and governance. A member of a 128-year-old family enterprise herself, Wendy is one of the directors of the board of her family enterprise, which has about 40 partners in the cousin consortium stage.