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Media Inquiries

The directors at the Ted Rogers School of Management Family Business Institute are available for media interviews and commentary on current events related to family business / intergenerational succession.  Journalists are invited to reach out to us at or contact our Special Advisor, Family Business, Ms. Janie Goldstein at We will strive to meet urgent publication deadlines. 

Potential Interview topics / keywords:

  • Family business / family enterprise
  • Intergenerational ownership and / or leadership succession
  • Rising generation / Next generation
  • Family wealth / family office
  • Sale of the family business
  • Family enterprise advisor
  • Socioemotional wealth
  • Family business governance
  • Family unity / family conflict

Dr. Francesco Barbera

Academic Director

Dr. Francesco Barbera is the Founding Academic Director of the Family Business Institute and an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. Francesco is an international, award-winning family business author and educator and regularly presents at renowned conferences and workshops. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Family Business Review, Long Range Planning, Small Business Economics and the Academy of Management Learning and Education. A former family entrepreneur himself, Francesco’s expertise in the family business field includes designing and delivering family business curricula in Canada, Australia and the USA, as well as directing family business centres at the University of Adelaide, Stetson University and now Toronto Metropolitan University.  He is a long-serving member on the Editorial Board of the Family Business Review, a Family Firm Institute Fellow and faculty member of its GEN program, and a champion Head Coach at the annual global Family Enterprise Case Competition. 

Family Business Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Management

About FBI

The Family Business Institute, officially launched at Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) in 2023, is a platform for family business expertise and collaboration at TRSM and across Toronto Metropolitan University. It is a hub for research, education and engagement partnerships with TMU students, alumni, faculty, as well as the international global community of family business academics, service providers and business families.