Upcoming Events

Tom McCullough – Wealth of Wisdom: Top Practices for Wealthy Families and Their Advisors

february 16, 2023

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Tom McCullough is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Northwood Family Office. Northwood, the leading multi-family office in Canada, was established in 2003 to provide integrated and holistic family office services to Canadian families of wealth. He has spent over 35 years in the wealth management family office field and was awarded Best Individual Contribution to Thought Leadership in the Wealth Management Industry (North America) by the 2020 Family Wealth Report Awards.

McCullough is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Western University’s Ivey School of Business. He has an MBA from York University and the CIM (Chartered Investment Manager) and CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager) designations.

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Past Events

Authors @ Drucker: Chad Ford

Chad Ford is an associate professor of International Cultural Studies and Director of the McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding at BYU-Hawaii. His emphasis is on intercultural peacebuilding and mediation. He has led peacebuilding workshops and mediations around the world, including in the Middle East, Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Ford shares insights from his book Dangerous Love: Transforming Fear and Conflict at Home, at Work, and in the World in this session. Click here to watch the recording.


Authors @ Drucker: Amy Hart Clyne

Amy Hart Clyne has dedicated her career to helping prosperous families fulfill the promise and potential of their legacies. As Chief Knowledge and Learning Officer at Pitcairn, she empowers wealthy families through education while pioneering research and best practices that elevate the role of advisors to one of true partnership. She shared insights from her book Finding her Voice and Creating a Legacy during the fourth session of the Authors @ Drucker interview series. Click here to watch the recording.


Authors @ Drucker: Jim Grubman

Jim Grubman is a Boston-based family advisor who has worked with individuals, couples, and families of wealth for over 30 years. His work has been featured in print, online, and television media, and speaking engagements in wealth management and family dynamics. In this session, Jim discussed his book Strangers in Paradise: How Families Adapt to Wealth across Generations. Click here to watch the recording.


Authors @ Drucker: Mircea Raianu

Tata Group is one of the largest family businesses in the world. The second session of the Authors @ Drucker interview series delved into the history of the business, as described in historian and author Mircea Raianu’s book Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism. Click here to watch the recording.


Authors @ Drucker: Dennis Jaffe

Dennis Jaffe, a member of Wise Counsel Research, is a San Francisco-based advisor to families about family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy. During this inaugural session of the Authors @ Drucker interview series, he discussed his book Borrowed From Your Grandchildren. Click here to watch the recording.


Life Cycle of the Family Office

Family office experts Timothy Lappen, Efi Avigdor, and Ken Kilroy used a life cycle approach to examine the form and function of some of the world’s largest family offices. They discussed the structures that family offices use, concentrating on how family offices can be built, modified, and reinvented to focus on the family’s most precious asset: the family. Review the recording here.


Attracting & Retaining Non-Family Executives to a Family Business

As family-owned businesses grow, they develop a need for non-family talent and leadership. Andreas von Specht explained some of the unique complexities non-family executives face in leading family-owned businesses. He also offered some strategies to attract and retain the best non-family talent to a family business. Click here to listen to the recording.


Managing the Family Business Course Information Session

Do you come from a family business? Do you consult with family businesses? Do you want to work for a family business? Do you want to understand how family businesses are different from the rest? If so, then consider enrolling in the Managing the Family Business course taught by Professor Vijay Sathe in the spring. In this information session, Professor Sathe highlights some of the exciting elements of this course. Get a sneak peek at what you will learn and experience here.


Why Studying Family Business is Important for Management Scholars: The Family Capital Approach

Dr. Gibb Dyer explained the importance of family business in the world’s economy and how strengthening an owning-family’s “family capital” can lead to positive outcomes for both the family and the business. He also discussed how various disciplines in academia (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics) can be used in the study of family businesses. Implications for both family business theory and practice were discussed, along with a brief history of the field of family business and the key issues in the field that have caught the attention of both academics and practitioners.


Legislative Updates & Tips for Year-End Planning

This talk discussed legislative updates and pending issues that will affect family businesses. Pat Soldano, President and Chairman of Family Enterprise USA and Senior Fellow and founding member of the Global Family Business Institute, discussed national education and advocacy in Washington D.C. aimed at promoting family businesses and their economic growth in the U.S. Bob Renken, Executive Vice President of Whittier Trust, discussed end-of-year tax and estate planning tips that business-owning families should be aware of. View the presentation slides here.


The Drucker Difference & Your Family Business

Sponsored by the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Foundation, this seminar series featured six interactive education sessions aimed at teaching business-owning families how to leverage Peter Drucker’s key management principles. The sessions focused on unique challenges in family business such as managing generational transitions, balancing tradition with innovation, and ensuring sustainability.


The inaugural session featured an in-depth presentation of Drucker Principles by Drucker School of Management Professors Vijay Sathe and Bernie Jaworski and an insightful conversation with Bill Betts, the 6th-generation President and COO of Betts Company. Watch the recording here.


The second session featured keynote speakers Cindi Bigelow, CEO of Bigelow Tea Company, and Professor Pramodita (Dita) Sharma, the Schlesinger-Grossman Chair of Family Business at the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont, who shared insights on family business continuity as a force for good. Watch the recording here.


Peter Drucker advised future leaders to prepare for entrepreneurship and innovation. What does this look like for family businesses? INSEAD’s Berghmans Lhoist Chaired Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Randel Carlock was the featured speaker for the third session on family entrepreneurship. Carlock led attendees through a hands-on approach to understanding family entrepreneurial behavior and leadership across the founding, professionalizing, and sustaining stages of the family business life cycle. Watch the recording here.


The fourth session focused on a key challenge in family business: managing continuity and change––specifically the process of succession. Simon Cordes (MBA, ’12), 4th generation in a family-owned, mid-size glass manufacturing business in Germany, shared his personal experience of succession within a family business. He was joined by Dennis Jaffe, a leader in family enterprise consulting and clinical psychologist who will shared his insights from working with 100-year family enterprises. Watch the recording here.


The fifth session focused on key factors that lead to a prepared and educated rising generation. Peter F. Drucker Chair and Professor of Management Bernard Jaworski set the stage with a presentation on the Drucker principle of managing across multiple time periods. Representatives from Drucker School Global Family Business Institute partners BNY Mellon and Whittier Trust facilitated conversations with family business leaders about their experiences in leading change and passing values down to the next generation. Watch the recording here.


The sixth and final session focused on governance, shared ownership and shared decisions. Professor Katharina Pick, clinical associate professor at the Drucker School, presented on the Drucker principle of managing people. Dave Specht, Director of the Global Family Business Institute, facilitated a conversation with Ben Casper and Teresa Gledhill, siblings from a second generation agriculture operation who shared their experience with navigating the complexities of shared ownership with a family property. We also heard from Robert Duncan, Chairman emeritus of Duncan Aviation, the largest aviation maintenance company in the world. Robert was an early adopter and implementer of the non-fiduciary advisory board for his family business. Watch the recording here.