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Celebrating Canada's family businesses

This iconic annual gala provides insights into the inner workings of some of Canada’s most successful businesses and their founding families

Vision:

During our Family Legacy Series Gala Dinner, the Business Families Centre provides real life examples of how a family's creativity, knowledge, and efforts can transfer to the next generation, creating a legacy model for family enterprises. The Family Legacy Series Gala Dinner also serves to assist the Centre to grow, develop, and provide various teaching forums to ensure that the families in family-run businesses and enterprises have a solid future.

Mission:

The mission behind the gala evening event is to share personal experiences with the community of family businesses and those advising family businesses. In the process, the event successfully:

  • Builds awareness for the field of family business and the Business Families Centre
  • Offers a learning experience for business families and their advisors
  • Raises funds for the ongoing work of the Business Families Centre

2017 the Legge family

UBC Sauder’s Family Legacy Series gala presents something of a paradox. On one hand, you have a bagpipe procession, the singing of the national anthem, and some of the country’s most influential names in business dining in Vancouver’s most historic ballroom. 

2016 the Rosen family

One of Canada’s leading fashion retailers took centre stage at the 2016 Family Legacy Series (FLS), the flagship annual event of the UBC Sauder Business Families Centre.

2015 the Robert H. Lee family

February 26, 2015 marked the business family event of the season: the annual Family Legacy Series (FLS), proudly presented by UBC's Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business.

2013 the Graham family

November 7, 2013 marked the business family event of the season: the annual Family Legacy Series Gala Dinner, proudly presented by UBC's Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business.

2012 the Stanton family

October 25, 2012 marked the business family event of the season: the annual Family Legacy Series Gala Dinner, proudly presented by UBC's Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business.

2011 the McLean family

September 15th marked the 9th annual Family Legacy Dinner hosted by the Business Families Centre at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Dave and Brenda McLean, founders of the McLean Group, spoke candidly about their business, marriage and family to a room packed with 700 prominent guests.

2010 the Beedie family

The Business Families Centre (BFC) at the UBC Sauder School of Business was proud to have The Beedie family as the honoured guests for our 2010 Family Legacy Series Gala Dinner.

2008 the Molson family

The sixth annual Family Legacy Series, held by the Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business, featured Andrew and Geoff Molson of the Molson Family.

2007 the Gillespie family

The Fifth Annual Family Legacy Dinner featured the Gillespie Family, owners of COBS Bread. All five members of the Gillespie family were on stage, including Co-CEOs Roger and Lesley Gillespie, Aaron and Elise Gillespie and David Christie.

2006 the Rogers family

On May 18th, 2006, guests at the fourth Family Legacy Series dinner were treated to a Canadian business icon’s first speaking engagement in Western Canada. Rogers Communications President and CEO Ted Rogers addressed a sold-out crowd at a fundraiser for the Business Families Centre.

2004 the Shaw family

Shaw Communications Inc. was founded in 1966 by JR Shaw. The company has deep roots as a cable TV provider, launching the first schematic of a cable TV system in Canada, and delivering services under the name of Capital Cable Television Co.

2002 the Johnson family

For the second annual Family Legacy Event we had the the great pleasure of featuring a very special father-son team from the Johnson family of SC Johnson: A Family Company. A truly inspiring business family, the Johnsons have engineered successful leadership transfers through five different generations.

2001 the Mannix family

One of Canada's leading business families, the Mannix family, candidly discussed the business and personal challenges they faced, as well as the successes and growth strategies that helped them create a flourishing global enterprise.

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    Sauder School of Business
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    Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7