About

Beating the Odds 
Family businesses employ over six million Canadians and account for over half of Canada’s gross domestic product. Yet 70% of family-owned businesses fail before they are passed to the second generation. That figure jumps to 88% of third-generation successions and 97% for fourth-generation according to the
Family Business Institute. The Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI) can help.

The Alberta Business Family Institute 
As part of the only Canadian university to offer degrees in Family Enterprise, the University of Alberta, and through alliances with family business organizations worldwide, ABFI is uniquely positioned to provide direct access to essential tools, resources, support and research-based outreach programs for business families and their advisors in Edmonton, Calgary and rural Alberta. 

Built on the principle that family enterprise is at the heart of the economy, the Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI) creates a direct link between business families and research and study at the University of Alberta’s School of Business, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise

Creating Pathways for Entrepreneurial Families Project
ABFI’s rural office in Camrose runs the Creating Pathways for Entrepreneurial Families project, ensuring ABFI’s resources are accessible to rural business families across the province. 

ABFI’s Creating Pathways provides access to resources and world-class educators, making them easily available to rural families and businesses. It is amazing.  – Sheilagh Ross

ABFI Annual Signature Event
Don’t miss this entertaining and insightful evening that celebrates the success of a prominent Canadian business family. This year we’re featuring the Brewster Family. For information on this year’s event or to browse past years, click here.

Specialized Education and Support
We assemble teams of experts that are dedicated and skilled in assisting business families address the unique challenges and opportunities they face. We constantly strive to meet the needs of business families by offering customized programming in the following areas: 

  • Succession, retirement and estate planning 
  • Corporate governance 
  • Family councils 
  • Managing shared assets 
  • Leadership development 
  • Financial literacy for youth 
  • Planning for the exceptional needs child 
  • Conflict management 
  • and more … 

RoadMap for Entrepreneurial Families 
A hallmark ABFI program, developed to help families create a legacy of business and family success. 

You made me think, you made me laugh, you made me cry, but most of all, you made me change the way I think.  – Marie-Josée Lafontaine 

 

For more information, please visit our website, www.abfi.ca, or call, email or visit one of our offices.

Alberta Business Family Institute  |  2-001 Enterprise Square  |  10230 Jasper Ave.  |  Edmonton, AB  |  T5J 4P6  |  780.492.0234  |  abfi@ualberta.ca

Creating Pathways for Entrepreneurial Families  |  4925 – 51 St.  |  Camrose, AB  |  T4V 1S4  |  780.672.0376  |  abfi@ualberta.ca

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