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.
The McLean’s praised the value of family enterprise education for providing insight into the complexities of family-owned businesses. Maintaining open and honest communication has been an integral part of the McLean Group’s accomplishments as a second-generation family enterprise. Sons, Jason and Sacha, have now successfully integrated into the business as CEOs, adopting leadership roles that reflect their individual interests and education. Their partners, Andrea and Melanie McLean, rounded out the panel by sharing their stories of marrying into the family business.
Founded in 1972, the McLean Group has evolved from a successful real estate investment and development firm into a second-generation family business active in film and television production (Vancouver Film Studios), communications (Signal Systems), construction (Harbour Landing Construction), real estate (Blanca Realty), aviation (Blackcomb Aviation), and philanthropy (the McLean McCuaig Foundation).
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