Helping business families succeed by promoting family business and bringing families together to share experiences.
Family business is one of the oldest forms of commercial enterprise in the world with an estimated 80% of all businesses worldwide being family owned and operated. Current research demonstrates that, on average, family businesses last longer and outperform their non-family-run competitors and contribute upwards of 70-90% of global GDP. As a vital driver of world economies we all directly or indirectly depend on the success of family businesses. The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) is committed to this success.
Established in 1983, CAFE is a national not-for-profit organization that has a mandate to promote the well-being, understanding and success of families in business. Through 12 chapters across Canada, CAFE provides services, resources and support to those involved in family enterprise including both extended business families and the advisors that counsel them. Through participation in peer groups, seminars and conferences, CAFE has provided a forum for families and their advisors to share ideas, learn best practices and build their collective skills. We offer an outsider's perspective with an insider's understanding of family business.
Through participation in peer groups, seminars and conferences, CAFE provides a forum for families and their advisors to share ideas, learn best practices and build their collective skills.
CAFE will be recognized as the best place for families in business to connect with peers to share experiences.
The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise is a member driven National Association that is passionately committed to assisting families in business and building their pivotal contribution to the economy of Canada.
The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise is a community of business families and the professionals that advise them, as well as organizations, academics, and those who have an interest in family business. CAFE connects this community through a variety of programs and forums that facilitate the sharing of experience, knowledge, resources and support, with the goal of helping family businesses succeed. Members of our community support and promote the best interests of business families and family business and the vital contribution they make to the economy and culture of Canada. CAFE encourages members of our family business community to embrace the following values: