Get Ready for our 2017 Event!

If you’re interested in learning about strategies to boost your employee ownership culture or if you’d like to learn how equity sharing can help you grow or exit your business, this is the conference to attend. The ESOP Association Canada’s 2017 Canadian Employee Ownership Conference will feature insights from some of Canada’s leading employee owned companies, as well as advisors and experts who can demystify the process.

Who should attend?

This conference is for anyone interested or involved in equity sharing as an effective tool for business growth and exit planning. We’re anticipating an influential cross-sector participant group including business owners and CEOs of small and medium sized privately-held companies, employee-owners, executive leaders from large and medium public companies, co-op directors, and professional advisors.

Take a look at who's speaking.

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Perry Phillips

ESOP Builders President

“ESOPs: Post Graduate Issues for Growing and Mature ESOP Companies”

From helping Canada’s fastest growing companies implement engagement strategies to supporting business owners exiting on their terms, Perry Phillips is recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts on employee share ownership plans (ESOPs).

Perry is the Founder and President of ESOP Builders Inc. (the largest designer of ESOP plans in Canada for small and medium sized Canadian private companies) and also the Founder of the ESOP Association Canada (Canada’s only national not for profit organization promoting the ESOP concept in Canada) and primary author Employee Share Ownership Plans: How to Design & Implement an ESOP in Canada (2015).

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Robin Farr

WestJet’s Director of Internal Communications and Culture

“The WestJet Way: How Employee Ownership Affects Business”

Robin Farr is WestJet’s Director of Internal Communications and Culture, responsible for helping keep WestJetters informed and engaged with what’s happening across the WestJet world. She was born in Calgary and raised on the west coast, but in 2011 the mountains called her home. She landed at WestJet and hasn’t looked back. When not working, Robin can be found on the floor with her two boys and seemingly endless bins of LEGO, hitting the pavement for a run with her dog or writing and doing advocacy work for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. Robin has a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a master’s in professional communications from Royal Roads University.

Robin will discuss what WestJet does to create a culture of care in the workplace and how this culture directly impacts the guest experience. She will also share the company’s “secrets to success” and how they have made WestJet the most trusted airline in Canada.

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Steve Beauchesne

Beau’s All Natural Brewing CEO/Co-Founder

“This change is everything: Selling your business to Rod Gilbank”

Steve Beauchesne is the co-founder of Beau’s All Natural, a family run, employee owned and totally independent Canadian craft brewery. Since its start-up in 2006, Beau’s has won more than 85 national and international awards for beer-making, marketing and packaging design, sustainability and business practices, and has raised more than $1 million for charity, community and independent arts. Steve certified Beau’s All Natural as Canada’s first-ever B-Corp brewery, founded February 1 as International Gruit Day and successfully lobbied to have some of Canada’s old beer laws changed to recognize the rights of craft brewers.

Steve is Vice Chair of the Ontario Craft Brewers Association, and a frequent presenter at craft brewing, culinary, and sustainability seminars and events. Steve was selected for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” in 2015, and in 2013 Steve was recognized by the United Way with a Community Builder of the Year Award. Steve holds a B. Commerce degree from Toronto’s Ryerson University, and his kids think he’s a bit of a goofball.

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