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November 2016

In this issue

Nov 8, 2016
The Fuller family succession plan
Jim Sutherland

How does a family ensure the continuation of its business as family members approach retirement age? In the case of the Fuller family, the solution lay with another family, the Jessas. The Fuller family’s restaurant empire includes major chains Earls, Joey and a controlling financial interest in Cactus Club, as well as some odds and ends. All told, there are some...

Nov 8, 2016
Bob Rennie's handover (and golf game)
Jim Sutherland

Bob Rennie is 60 years old and looks several years younger, but that hasn’t prevented the founder of the eponymous real estate marketing company from thinking about retirement. “I have my golf game, you know,” he laughs, referring to his Wing Sang art gallery, a preoccupation ensuring that he will never, ever spend time working on his short game. In Rennie’s...

Nov 8, 2016
John Fluevog's big shoes to fill
Jim Sutherland

John Fluevog is puffing a little as he climbs Soames Hill, near the Sunshine Coast property where the 67-year-old finds himself spending more and more time. The founder and sole owner of Fluevog Shoes is far from retired, but he’s close to thinking about it. Very close. In fact, over the past few years, figuring out a way to ensure...

Nov 8, 2016
Nine organizations that are succeeding at succession planning

Many are the tales of family businesses that have descended into tumult or failed completely in the founder’s absence. In the public sphere, both UBC and Telus—two of the province’s biggest employers—have in recent years seen newly hired chief executives depart amid considerable turmoil. A look at why good succession planning matters—and what 9 B.C. enterprises, both private and public, are doing to prepare for the future

Nov 7, 2016
The Trump technique
Steve Burgess

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump offers many lessons. The idea that Trump has something to teach marketers may seem profoundly distasteful at first blush: “Bob’s Panini House—if you hate and fear religious and ethnic minorities, we have the sandwich for you!” But the Trump campaign has forcefully underscored key elements of consumer decision-making: branding and emotion. “Although the toxic nature of...

Nov 7, 2016
Is the possibility of a Trump presidency sending Americans north?
Melissa Edwards

167% That’s the average weekly increase in Google searches for “move to Canada” since last February, when Donald Trump became the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Similar (if shorter) spikes were seen after every U.S. election since 2004, but, in reality, Canada’s high taxes and arduous immigration process largely deter the dissatisfied on either side of the political fence...

Nov 4, 2016
Here comes Santa Ono
Frances Bula

At first glance, the new president of UBC is impossible to spot amid the throngs packed onto a plaza in front of the year-old, $107-million Student Union Building. But, looking closely at the way people have gathered on this pleasantly sunny day in mid-August, it soon becomes clear that Santa Ono—wearing his trademark bow tie, in UBC blue and gold...

Oct 27, 2016
What to put on your business agenda in November
Jenny Peng

CANADA'S TOP EMPLOYER SUMMIT Offered annually since 2004, the summit brings together executives and CEOs from Canada’s Top 100 Employers project—an editorial competition that determines the best organizations at which to work. This year’s keynote speaker, George Takei, will talk about diversity and Inclusivity, drawing upon his career as an actor and gay-rights activist. Participants will have the chance to...

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