Business succession: It’s time for the next generation to take its turn / Presentation by Tony Meti of National Bank

Montreal, 5 October 2006 - 

“Show you’re interested, don’t take anything for granted, take on assignments that will build experience, make sure you get the training required for your position and maintain a solid network of contacts.” Such was the advice that Tony Meti, National Bank’s Senior Vice-President – Commercial Banking and International, had for aspiring business owners attending a conference on family succession organized by HEC Montréal in cooperation with the Institut québécois pour les familles en affaires and National Bank.

Family succession is one of the single most important economic and social challenges Quebec will have to overcome in the years ahead. In fact, more than 56% of the province’s business owners will retire in the next five to ten years. Most of them run family-owned businesses and more than 69% want to hand over the reins to other family members. However, many do not know how to successfully plan the transition. 

“In serving close to 150,000 businesses, we at National Bank have found that in choosing a successor, many business owners are pulled between the need to make a business decision and the desire to see their business stay within the family, with emotions threatening to upset the balance between the two. Our Business Transfer Planning Managers can assist business owners with the decision-making process, help them take a step back, and guide them in times when emotions are most intense,” Mr. Meti explained.  

Last year, National Bank launched its Business Transfer Program to provide business owners with advice at all steps of a business transfer, from the planning stage to the final financial transaction. The main feature of this program is its strong focus on the human aspects of change, which, according to the Bank, are crucial to a successful transfer.

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