Instructors

Expert Faculty

Learning from internationally recognized leaders in their fields, combining decades of family enterprise advising experience with the academic acumen to provide an unparalleled educational experience.


David C. Bentall

David is an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business with expertise in the areas of succession consulting, executive and life coaching, and a co-founder of the Business Families Centre. David is a seasoned executive and educator who brings a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experiences to family business issues.

Judi Cunningham, MA, FEA

Judi is an expert in the field of family enterprise advising. She illuminates the significant role of families in business - highlighting their economic, community, and philanthropic contributions. Judi has been instrumental in developing world class programming for business families and designed and developed the curriculum for the Family Enterprise Advisor Program. Judi co-founded the Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and founded the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors. Her passion for education and assistance for business families led to the only designation in the world for advisors to family enterprise.

Laura Greig, MA

Laura assists business leaders and their families to improve communication, both at work and at home. She specializes in coaching families to create more effective relationships, have open and authentic conversations, clarify family vision, values and goals, and align goals with their businesses where appropriate. Laura has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training, a leadership coaching designation and is a licensed Insights Discovery and Insights Transformational Leadership practitioner.

Michael N. McGrann, MA, MBA

Over the last 25 years, Mike has worked with family firms and family offices from across the world. He teaches and coaches in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and family enterprising. He serves on the Board of several growing companies and is the founding partner of The TELOS Group, a consulting firm focused on growth and transition strategies for enterprising families. Mike has worked at several universities – teaching, conducting research, and starting new programs. Most recently he founded the Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA.

Wendy Sage-Hayward, MA, FEA

Wendy is a consultant at the Family Business Consulting Group. She has 25+ years of experience working with business leaders, family firms, and boards. She serves a global and diverse set of clients across the industry, facilitating meaningful conversations with multi-generational families on matters relating to firm continuity, next generation preparation, governance and, when needed, conflict resolution.

Wendy has a Masters Degree in Family Systems Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and an Executive Masters Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from the Neuroleadership Institute. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business where she leads programs for both business families as well as their advisors in the Business Families Centre. Wendy also teaches for Executive Education at the Sauder School of Business where she leads two senior management training programs in facilitation and coaching.

Barbara Benoliel, PhD

Barbara Benoliel is a professional mediator and facilitator, and President of Preferred Solutions, a dispute resolution company. In her career she has combined practice with advancing knowledge in the field, and as well as assisting families in business with the resolution of disputes. She has developed courses and taught at York University, the Schulich School of Business, Walden University, and has lectured widely in the field. Barbara is the co-author of Family Council Handbook for the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise. She is the Vice President of Advocacy for ADRIO Ontario, and the 2013 winner of the Lionel McGowan Award in Ontario for her contribution to the field of ADR.

Dr. Gaia Marchisio, Ph.D

Gaia Marchisio is the Executive Director of the Cox Family Enterprise Centre at the Kennesaw State University and the Aronoff Professor of Family Business. As a tenured Associate Professor, Gaia developed several curricula for family business classes, and teaches undergraduate and MBA courses on family business, management and behavioural sciences, and consulting services. She has been a visiting faculty under numerous Family Business Centres in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand.

Gaia was raised as a 4th generation successor in her family’s business. This experience helped her understand the emotional challenges and responsibilities of being a young member of an entrepreneurial family. After finishing her BBA, she joined the SDA Bocconi School of Management where she served as Assistant Director of the full-time MBA Program; as Coordinator of the first Chair in Strategic Management in Family Business; and as a Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurs’ Research Centre. Gaia earned her Doctorate in Business Administration on Family Business and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2006.

Ruth Steverlynck, LLB (Hons.), FEA

Ruth Steverlynck is a Principal with Your Family Enterprise. She specializes in all aspects of Business Family Governance with particular knowledge and skills in facilitating dialogue among family members, building trust, and managing family conflicts. Prior to founding Your Family Enterprise, Ruth spent eight years actively working in the management of a family business. She ran the Centre for Entrepreneurs and Family Business with PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently was a Vice President of Wealth Services with BMO Harris Private Banking. 

Ruth has an honours law degree from the University of Edinburgh. She is formally recognized by the Family Firm Institute as a professional Family Business Advisor, was one of the first to receive the FEA designation from IFEA, and also sits on the IFEA board.

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