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Executive Director | Alberta Business Family Institute

The Organization

The Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI) was conceived by the collaborative efforts of a group of Alberta business families, members of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta, and founders of the Business Families Foundation. Built on the principle that family enterprise is at the heart of the economy, the ABFI offers innovative programs and services to business families. The Institute is committed to providing specific tools, guidance, and knowledge in multiple areas, including succession and estate planning, corporate governance, leadership development, and conflict resolution.

ABFI is closely affiliated with the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise (CEFE), which is part of the University of Alberta’s School of Business. The Centre for Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise is a leading research centre that helps scholars, students, and family business practitioners — owners, employees, and advisors — understand how cultural processes in family enterprises influence strategic objectives, and the important role that family businesses and entrepreneurs have in our communities and overall economic well-being. CEFE resources help guide family businesses so that they can achieve more and succeed in their industry.

ABFI is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas to apply.

For further information about Alberta Business Family Institute, please visit their website at Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI) | Alberta School of Business (


The Opportunity

Reports to:Academic Director (CEFE)
Location:Edmonton, Alberta



As the only employee of the Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI), the Executive Director has the unique opportunity to put their mark on the organization; depending upon the combination of competencies the successful candidate brings to the table, the role may be more focused on business development, course content creation and delivery, or event creation and delivery.  Reporting to the Academic Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise (CEFE), the Executive Director is responsible for developing and delivering world-class educational resources supporting Alberta family businesses, including:

  • Working with academic faculty and industry stakeholders to ensure undergraduate and graduate curriculum prepares students to work in and with family enterprises
  • Facilitating the development of compelling stories of Alberta family businesses communicated through diverse media such as events, case studies, and media articles
  • Ensuring the overall business plan is realized through strategic planning, process mapping, board collaboration, and operational excellence
  • Growing the organization to embody a strategic vision that will benefit Alberta’s economy as a whole


Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

Business Development

  • Foster and cultivate relationships with global family business associations, family firm advisors, service providers in Alberta, family business owners, as well as with global family business associations and global academic experts
  • Develop and execute a marketing plan to communicate ABFI programs and projects
  • Lead marketing efforts to promote the public image of ABFI events and services as being innovative, entrepreneurial and unique for urban and rural Business Families and Professionals
  • Oversee the design, implementation, and management of organizational special events to expand the constituency base and to enhance the visibility of ABFI
  • Develop new and innovative revenue sources and funding opportunities

Product Development

  • Work with CEFE academic staff to develop and drive cutting edge translational research
  • Work with CEFE academic staff to ensure University of Alberta BCom and MBA students are being adequately prepared to work with family enterprises
  • Design impactful, sustainable educational programs that can be delivered in a variety of formats (e.g. online, in-person).
  • Plan unique education courses, programs, and experiences by liaising with current and potential client groups

Organizational Leadership 

  • Direct major events and projects such as the annual ABFI Signature Event honoring one outstanding family business in Alberta each year
  • Manage the coordination of partnership events and promotions in collaboration with partnership groups
  • Recruit, train, develop, monitor, and mentor ABFI board, sub-committees and staff
  • Manage the ABFI/CEFE board relationships
  • Manage the CEFE and ABFI organizational budgets
  • Develop strong and productive relationships in a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Oversee administration and operations of the Centre
  • Negotiate agreements and contracts for services, facilities, equipment, furniture, instruction, and family facilitation
  • Identify and respond to request for proposals and fund development submissions
  • Provide financial forecasting and budget management for new and existing programs
  • Provide reporting to existing and prospective donors


First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Connect meaningfully with business families not only in Alberta, but nationally to increase membership and participation in programs;
  • Identify strategic initiatives to pursue and then subsequently translate goals into action;
  • Successfully develop engaging programs that are grounded in business research;
  • Find innovative means of course delivery that will meet the dynamic needs of business families;
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders to increase the visibility of Alberta Business Family Institute both locally and nationally;
  • Work alongside the Academic Director to secure and establish a strategic direction for the organization; and
  • Generate new and sustainable revenue streams that will substantially benefit the Institute.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will possess the following:


  • An undergraduate degree in commerce, business administration, or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred


  • Managerial experience in a non-profit organization, a family business or a family business advisory firm
  • Prior success in business development activities, adult education program development and delivery, translational research in a related field, and/or event planning and delivery
  • Experience with, or understanding of, board governance
  • 5+ years relevant experience in a leadership position

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Intellectually agile with the ability to learn quickly, and apply skills to a wide variety of activities
  • Superior emotional intelligence with a track record of building and stewarding relationships, and interacting with a wide audience
  • An entrepreneurial and self-motivated individual who can move initiatives forward with minimal oversight
  • Visionary with the ability to put goals into action
  • Proven ability to forecast, prepare, manage and control financial budgets and reports
  • Interest in and thorough understanding of the entrepreneurial and business family context, governance structures, and continuity planning and decision-making process
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, oral, written and presentations)
  • A proven track record in creating collaborations and team building with a variety of organizations and stakeholders
  • Proven strong interpersonal skills, including strong coaching, consultation and negotiation skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with a high attention to detail
  • Strong client service and ambassadorship skills
  • Proven proficiency in Microsoft applications

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AFDN-311000 Executive Director | Alberta Business Family Institute - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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