Family Enterprise Canada Appoints Three New Directors to the Board

Published: Sep 16, 2021

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 – Family Enterprise Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of John McFall, Lianne Ulin and Rob Velan to the Family Enterprise Canada Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome three new Directors to the Board, who all have significant experience working in their respective family businesses.” commented Susan St Amand, Board Chair. “Thank you, John, Lianne and Rob, for putting your hands up and volunteering! We look forward to benefiting from the unique expertise they bring to the table and their valuable input to the ongoing growth of the Family Enterprise Canada community.”

As a third-generation member of family-owned Burnbrae Farms, one of Canada’s leading egg farmers, John McFall has held various positions in the consumer-packaged goods industry in both commercial strategy and account management. Most recently, he took on the role of National Account Manager in the family business. John is also part of the Hudson Family Council where he leads three sub-committees.

Lianne Ulin, a certified Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA), comes to the Board with years of experience as a second-generation member of M Bacal Group; a family-owned and operated insurance brokerage firm. She has been a proud ambassador of Family Enterprise Canada since 2020 and is involved in several non-profit organizations including the International Women’s Forum and Ile Perrot Minor Hockey Association.

Rob Velan serves as the Executive Vice President of Velan Inc., a global manufacturer of industrial valves. He re-joined the family business in 2004 after completing his MBA and 6 years in management consulting. As a third-generation member of the family-owned business, he runs the company’s largest business unit and was appointed as Board Director in 2013 and nominated to Vice-Chairman in 2020.

These three new Directors will join the current Family Enterprise Canada Board in providing strong oversight and direction to the organization as it continues to grow and expand nationally. Meet our Board.

About Family Enterprise Canada

We are the national community for family business in Canada. Our goal is to ensure the long-term success and continuity of enterprising families and their family enterprises, across generations!  Family Enterprise Canada empowers business families and Family Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) to thrive by providing a dynamic peer community, family-focused learning, relevant insights, a family enterprise specific designation and — together with our Foundation — a voice for all.

For more information about Family Enterprise Canada, please visit our website at

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Sheila Scott
National Director, Marketing & Communications
Family Enterprise Canada
T: 647.521.7812

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