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Cocktail Reception in St. John’s

May 8 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm NDT

Please join Laura Henley of Alec G. Henley Group and other local family businesses to learn about the opportunities and benefits Family Enterprise Canada offers family businesses.

We are excited to hear from Naim Ali, CEO of SM2 Capital Partners and Margaret-Jean Mannix, Chair of the Board of Viridian Family Office who will share their experiences working with their families and the positive impact that FEC has had on both their personal and their professional relationships.

Family Enterprise Canada is a supportive community that caters to the unique needs of family businesses. We are committed to fostering growth, sustainability and success among our members through various peer and mentorship programs, resources and networking opportunities. This event will showcase how we can be beneficial to you, your family and your businesses.

Program Agenda
4:30 - 5:00 PM: Arrival, Networking and Hors d'oeuvres
5:00 - 5:30 PM: Panel Discussion
5:30 - 6:30 PM: Networking

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Please note: This event is open to anyone who is a member of a family business.

Event Details




The JAG Hotel (map it)
115 George St. W
St. John’s, Newfoundland



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Please note: This event is open to anyone who is a member of a family business.

Discussion Panelists


Margaret-Jean Mannix
ICD.D, FEA Chairman, Loram 99 Corporation Chairman, The Carthy Foundation

Margaret-Jean's business experiences and travels have helped her develop a keen understanding of international business practices in Canada, Great Britain and China. In England, she held a management position at Global Private Banking, The Royal Bank of Canada, and she has held positions with increasing responsibility in her own family’s businesses since 1995.
In 2005, she was the Director of the China Project team that toured through over thirty cities in China, investigating that country’s business culture, social fabric and cultural history. She has over 20 years of experience in her own family’s diverse business activities—a large multi-generational company based in Western Canada. She is currently the eldest member of the 4th generation and has taken a leadership position in the family office, family council and foundation.


Naim Ali
CEO, SM2 Capital Partners

Naim is the Chief Executive Officer of SM2 Capital Partners (“SM2”). SM2 is the entity that oversees the Ali Family Office and its related operating businesses. In 2010, Naim moved back to Calgary, from New York, to oversee the real estate portfolio under SM2. The portfolio includes commercial real estate and operating businesses, including parking lots (Calgary), hotels (US and Alberta), casinos and student housing (Ontario). SM2 has also made investments in residential real estate and senior housing projects and is continuously expanding across North America. Naim oversees the strategic planning of the Ali Family Office and is currently a Board Director for Fortress Insurance Company (also in the SM2 portfolio). He enjoys golfing, skiing, wake surfing, attending monthly TEC Group (leadership development) and Personal Advisory Group (P.A.G) meetings, and travelling with his family. Naim lives with his wife and two children in Calgary, AB.

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May 8
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm NDT
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