Innovation and Governance in Family Business: A Rotman Speaker Series Event

January 9, 2020

What does it take for family-run companies to cut it – or better yet, to thrive – in today’s cut throat business landscape?

Spyder Works and the David and Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation at Rotman present an open discussion about the complexities and advantages of family-owned business structures in their event “How Family Businesses Move Faster: A Conversation About Good Governance and Innovation.”

About our Moderator

Ken Tencer, CEO of Spyder Works Inc.
Ken Tencer is an entrepreneur, a best-selling author and a Director serving on multiple boards. He is recognized internationally as a business and innovation thought leader who helps organizations to bring their ideas to market faster and more continuously. A lifelong learner, Ken is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration focused on corporate entrepreneurship’s impact on sustainable business growth.

Diversity and Innovation Among Our Panelists

Glean from the inside perspectives of a diverse set of panelists hailing from both publicly listed and privately owned family run companies, including:

Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager of Beck Taxi
Having worked in every department at Beck Taxi over the past 25 years, Kristine now manages major tech projects, marketing initiatives, and corporate contracts. Her grandfather, Jim Beck, founded Beck Taxi in 1967 and has, with his family’s help, built an iconic brand known widely in Toronto.

Margaret Hudson (Rotman MBA ’99), President of Burnbrae Farms Limited
As the President of Canada’s largest integrated egg supplier, and daughter of company Chairman, Joe Hudson, Margaret has worked her way up through the company and now oversees strategy development, succession planning, and overall operations management.

Don Lang, Executive Chairman of CCL Industries
When CCL Industries ambitiously embarked on becoming the world’s largest label manufacturer in 2000, it appointed Don Lang as its CEO, after having been with the company since 1982. Employing more than 20,000 people, operating over 165 production facilities in 40 countries, CCL Industries holds corporate offices in Toronto, ON and Framingham, MA.

Each of our panelists offer insightful discussion about two universes colliding: family business and governance. Join us to learn about how family businesses move rapidly, innovate to stay relevant and ahead of their competition, and how they’ve managed through growth, sustainability, and survival.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday January 28th, 2020  |  5:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building)
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
105 St George Street
Cost: $25.00 plus HST per person (click here to purchase tickets)

About Spyder Works

A full-service consultancy which leads clients in marketing and channel management, innovation and intrapreneurship, brand and customer experience, organization and operations, and learning and leadership, Spyder Works helps their clients understand their business’ core values from their customers’ perspectives.

Spyder Works. Design-driven strategy.

About Rotman School of Management

The Rotman School of Management strives to be a catalyst for positive change, rooting itself in transformative learning which is informed by original insight and inspired by the biggest challenges in business and society. Distilling their shared beliefs down to four fundamental principles, Rotman actively promotes diversity, defining excellence in the value created for others, conducting themselves with integrity, and fostering an environment and community of respect.

By Ken Tencer

Ken Tencer is chief executive officer of design-driven strategy firm Spyder Works Inc. and the co-author of two books on innovation, including the bestseller Cause a Disturbance. Follow him on Twitter at @90percentRule

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