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Let's Talk Family Enterprise

Feb 8, 2022


Welcome to Let’s Talk Family Enterprise, a podcast that explores the ideas, concepts, and models that best serve Family Enterprise Advisors in supporting their clients.


All views, information, and opinions expressed during this podcast are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Family Enterprise Canada.



In this special episode, host Steve Legler speaks with Olivier de Richoufftz, General Secretary of Family Enterprise Foundation about their latest continuity research report, Who are the Guardians of Family Legacy?


Guest bio

Olivier de Richoufftz With over a decade of experience with organizations supporting business families as well as growing and solidifying their networks, Olivier de Richoufftz is well-seasoned in the important issues business families face from generation to generation. An MBA from HEC Paris, paired with his extensive experience in marketing, sales, and development for organizations such as Euro Disney Resort and France Tourism, bring strategic perspective and innovation to Family Enterprise Foundation.


You can find out more about Olivier de Richoufftz on the Family Enterprise Foundation website and LinkedIn.


Key Takeaways

[0:26] Steve Legler welcomes listeners to a special edition of the podcast dedicated to an overview of the results of the recent comprehensive survey completed by the Family Enterprise Foundation — Who Are The Guardians of Family Legacy? — on the landscape of Canadian family enterprises.


[1:20] Steve launches the discussion by asking Olivier de Richoufftz a little bit about the Foundation’s origins. Olivier touches on why the comprehensive survey came at a very opportune time, and some of the important coming changes in Canada’s Family enterprises it revealed.


[3:22] Olivier shares the impetus behind launching this most recent second part of the survey as well as some of the more interesting highlights from the results.


[5:43] Aside from the family business spirit being very strong among the rising generation, Olivier touches on some of the really interesting findings from this research as it relates to the different ways the coming generation and the leading generations view the next great transition.


[8:15] Ownership versus leadership is expected to be a key element of discussion as the generational shift continues over the next few years; Olivier explains why this may be.


[10:07] Olivier talks about how the survey data was compiled and why the foundation chose to include generational leaders and experts to help make it an interesting reading piece.


[11:54] Finding common ground is key to generational transfers, Olivier speaks to some of what the survey has to say when it comes to Canadian enterprising families.


[14:22] Olivier talks about one thing they noticed stood out in the survey. He also speaks to what the future of research is pointing towards at the Family Enterprise Foundation.

[17:53] Steve thanks Olivier de Richoufftz and listeners for taking time to tune in, and invites them to subscribe!


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