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Webinar – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Advisory Boards and What Family Businesses Need to Consider

October 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Why are views on the value of advisory boards so mixed in the family enterprise community? The nature and circumstances of each enterprise and their advisory boards vary widely.

Join us for this informative webinar where we will discuss the importance of your advisory board and the frustrations that come with it. What are the common threads? How do we decide when a board is important, and what kind of board is required? What are the things that make a difference to success or failure? And why is now a good time to review your own situation?

Together, we will explore the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Who Can Attend

Our entire Family Enterprise Canada Family community is invited to attend.

FEAs who attend this session will earn 1 continuing education credit toward their annual FEA designation requirement.


Online via Zoom


Lorraine Bauer
National Director, Membership & Community Engagement


Chris Dohnal
National Program and Event Specialist


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Barb Schimnowsky, CMC, FEA,

Barb Schimnowsky is a Certified Management Consultant and Family Enterprise Advisor. She is a Search Principal and Practice Co-Leader at WATSON for executive and director search. Prior to joining WATSON, Barb established and ran a highly successful boutique search firm, WestView Executive Search, and also had a 20-year career at KPMG.

With over 30 years of experience in executive search, Barb brings a unique perspective to executive recruitment. As a Senior Manager in the Vancouver search practice at KPMG, she established a search presence in their new Surrey location, where she led and collaborated on a diverse portfolio of searches across multiple industry sectors, with a particular focus on private companies. In her last three years with KPMG, she was leader of the BC Search practice until a global decision was made to exit the search line of business. She has deep expertise recruiting across a broad range of sectors and functional areas and knows how to effectively navigate the complexities and nuances of a family enterprise.


Rachel O’Connor, MEng, MBA, ICD.D, CPHR

Rachel O'Connor leads WATSON’s Leadership and Performance practice, which focuses on the board’s oversight responsibilities with respect to people-related issues that are essential to effective organizational performance. When boards seek advice on their role as the CEO’s employer, or their essential oversight of people, performance, leadership and culture, Rachel provides trusted advice.

Rachel advises a wide range of clients: private, public and not for profit; big and small. Her work is always tailored to the client and what bring the most value for them. Rachel enjoys partnering closely with clients to be part of their success – it's about building trust, adding value and delivering impact.


October 5, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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