About our programs

The Business Families Centre believes that information and education is the key to success for every enterprising family. The BFC's programs are both practical and powerful, delivered by leading Sauder faculty and experienced business family owners. Our experts use interactive learning formats and relevant case studies to maximize learning and engagement.

Our programs range from introductory to advance level and cover a wide range of topics, both general and specific. We also provide different formats, from individual learnings to full family education. The BFC program is a transformational learning opportunity for family members involved in every stage of the business.



The Business Families Centre Partnership Process

Tailor-made for your family business.


Education Tailored to Your Family’s Unique Learning Goals

This one-day course provides your family with customized full-family education in a confidential setting. Specifically designed around your family’s unique learning goals, course content is tailored to key family enterprise topics pre-selected by your family. Your family will emerge with practical tools and actionable strategies to start to understand and address both individual and family opportunities and challenges.

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Business Fundamentals for Family Enterprises

Examine core business and leadership topics through the unique lens of family enterprise

This five-day course provides a comprehensive understanding of family business by integrating key business and leadership topics with family enterprise theory and best practices. You will emerge with an improved understanding of the overall business and your role within it. You will also be equipped with tools and techniques to manage your family firm’s particular opportunities and challenges.

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Chart Your Family’s Legacy

This half-day workshop will provide you and your family with practical tools to identify and plan for a cohesive approach to your family’s philanthropy. You will identify how to overcome common hurdles to formalizing your family’s charitable giving, and engage with best practices for initiating your family’s philanthropic legacy.

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Strong family governance is good business

This half-day workshop will provide you and your family with practical tools to understand, introduce, or improve family meetings, which are one of the simplest, yet most effective, forms of family governance. You will identify how to overcome common hurdles to initiating family meetings, and engage with best practices for achieving open dialogue on important issues.

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Executive Education for Business Families

Where education is smart business.

As part of UBC’s Sauder School of Business, the Business Families Centre is backed by one of the most respected, cited, and authoritative business schools in the world. Since 1969, Sauder’s Executive Education has delivered programs designed to make a real difference in the way individuals do business.  Executive Education's two- to six-day programs for working professionals provide an interactive, practical education. With more than 100 programs offered annually, you will find the topic that fits your need and schedule.

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