INSIGHTS & TRENDS FROM THE WORLD OF FAMILY BUSINESS

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Lessons Learned from Phil Knight

It started out as a compelling history of Nike and its legendary founder, Phil Knight.  But Shoe Dog, a Memoir by the Creator of Nike, ended up being so much more.  As Bill Gates recently wrote in his own review, “It’s a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to                                                                  business success really looks like.” ...more

 
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Proposed federal tax changes will harm family enterprise in Canada
Significant tax reform is being proposed for small and medium businesses in Canada.  We think these changes will be detrimental to many family enterprises, and we wanted you to know that we’re now organizing with many of our industry partners, advocating for a more thoughtful and reasoned approach to the proposed legislation... more

 

McKinsey on family businesses
Family businesses must learn how to capitalize on their unique stengths says a new report by McKinsey & Company...more

 

Trust & The Family Meeting 
At the end of the meeting, as the participants went their separate ways, most of the family members were left thinking to themselves, “What just happened here?”  ...more

 

Three emerging challenges for family businesses
Many issues facing family-owned firms today are due to lack of stategic and succession planning, says a new report by PwC...more

 

The Economist on Canada's stability
As the world grapples with shifting geo-political events. The Economist points to Canada as a "happy contrast."...more

 

Globe & Mail cites CMG's research in column
CMG's research report on business families cited in The Globe & Mail...more

 

The effect of family ownership on share price
The list includes Thomson Reuters, Quebecor, Rogers, Bombardier, and Canadian Tire. These 23 publicly traded companies outperformed their peers on the TSX for the past two decades. What do they have in common?...more

 

The power of enduring companies
In separate commentaries, former Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata and SEB group chairman Marcus Wallenberg both argue that creative destruction can be taken too far...more

 

Family firms driving global economy
Many business leaders predicted that “family businesses” would eventually become irrelevant, that they would be supplanted by better organized and better capitalized public companies...more

 

Canada's business families: building a brighter future
Independently researched and written, this report describes how Canada’s leading business families make a huge but often overlooked contribution to our economy. It is a counterpoint to the constant criticism...more

 

What you can learn from family business
Conventional wisdom holds that the unique ownership structure of family businesses gives them a long-term orientation that traditional public firms often lack. But some studies prove the opposite....more

 

The family capital assessment
How does a family take the next step? A Family Capital Assessment breaks down the elements of a transition into key sectors: independent advice, transparency, the Family Office, liquidity....more

 
 

The five secrets to enduring family businesses
Many of our clients started with very little, worked very hard, and built organizations that employ thousands of Canadians workers and taxpayers. The loss of any one of these organizations....more