CFFB celebrates 20 years
By Exchange Magazine

More than 130 current and former members of the Centre for Family Business celebrated the 20th anniversary of the CFFB, and honoured longevity milestones of its member businesses. The Centre was founded at the impetus of Waterloo Region entrepreneurs Milo Shantz and Peter Hallman, as a place where family business owners could network and learn from the experiences of other family businesses. CFFB, based in Waterloo Region, is one of the largest such associations in Canada, with more than 65 member businesses ranging in size from a few employees to several hundred. CFFB’s mission remains true to the original vision: to ensure businesses continue to prosper over successive generations.

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Executive Director to retire
Centre for Family Business executive director Dave Schnarr has announced that he will retire on December 31 of this year. Schnarr has been executive director of the CFFB since September, 2005. He has also been founder and owner of Dave Schnarr Consulting since 2001. From January, 1976 through December 2000, he served as Superintendent of Human Resources for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Dave hold an honours degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Don Linders, President of the CFFB board, said, “The CFFB congratulates Dave on this milestone, and thanks Dave for the work he has done for the Centre. We are sad to see Dave go and wish him all the best in his retirement – no more early morning meetings for Dave unless they start on the golf course!” The CFFB has begun the process of seeking a replacement for the executive director. The CFFB is hosting three more events in the fall of 2018, and invites all family businesses to attend these events; for more information, visit

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