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Future Ready: Preparing the Business System for the Generational Shift

September 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Join us for an interactive and informative discussion with Paul and PJ Van Bree, of Van Bree Enterprises, 2019 Southwestern Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award Recipient, Jonathan Creaghan of J.D. Creaghan Group and Holly Simmons of Golden Lasso. Learn how Van Bree Enterprises has taken a human-centric approach to building capacity and capability throughout the business in an effort to prepare it for growth and succession.

By focusing on the business system as a whole, the Van Bree team is not only preparing the next generation of leaders, but all people, systems, and processes for the future generational shift. Paul, PJ and Jonathan will share how the framework has strengthened the leadership team, enhanced their relationship with each other, propelled ownership conversations and positively impacted the family system.

Event Details




Online via Zoom

*Please note the link will be provided to you in advance

Who Can Attend

Members of our Family Enterprise Canada community are invited to attend.

Special Guests

Paul and PJ Van Bree, of Van Bree Enterprises

Holly Simmons of Golden Lasso

Jonathan Creaghan of J.D. Creaghan Group


Chris Dohnal
National Program and Event Specialist


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Special Guests and Host

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Paul and PJ Van Bree
Van Bree Enterprises

With over 55 years of unsurpassed growth and success, Van Bree Enterprises and the Van Bree Family have been at the forefront of shaping the face of communities and farms throughout Southwestern Ontario.

The company started in the late 1960's with a two-bulldozer operation. Today Van Bree Enterprises has grown into Lambton County’s top supplier of sand & gravel products, a leading sewer and watermain contractor, land developer and farm and municipal drainage provider. Van Bree Enterprises continues to be a family run business, employing over 70 people. The Van Bree Family is dedicated to ensuring that employees, quality workmanship and customer satisfaction remain a top priority.

Paul Van Bree is the President and 2nd generation to lead Van Bree Enterprises. PJ Van Bree, Paul’s son, is the Manager of the Sewer and Watermain Division and represents the 3rd generation in the business.

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Jonathan Creaghan
J.D. Creaghan Group

Jonathan Creaghan is the President of J.D. Creaghan Group Inc., and co-founder of TotalLeader® Solutions Inc. He has spent nearly 30 years studying and benchmarking leadership traits and company behaviours that make family businesses successful.

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Holly Simmons, FEA
Golden Lasso Coaching

Holly Simmons is a Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA™) who provides leadership coaching, facilitation and training to growth-minded family businesses. She uses a strategic approach to align values and purpose, develop people and roles, and strengthen communication throughout the business and family systems.


September 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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