Blackwood Household Enterprise Companies expands onto nationwide stage

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Based by Patrick O’Connor and David Blom in 2022, Blackwood Household Enterprise Companies has expanded to the nationwide stage by a collaboration with like-minded and skilled professionals from throughout Canada.

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O’Connor, who lives in Winnipeg, and Calgary businessman Blom met as board members of Geese Limitless. A passionate outdoorsman and conservationist, Blom has been a volunteer for 35 years with the group and just lately accomplished his time period as president and board chair, whereas O’Connor serves because the vice-president.

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Throughout their conferences collectively and discovering they had been in the identical enterprise, Blom recommended: “You do what I do, and so many households throughout this nation have such poor entry to the companies we offer, why not be part of forces and set up a company that may take the method nationally?”

The corporate has since introduced collectively a group of a few of Canada’s prime household enterprise advisory professionals — people who find themselves aligned in a single imaginative and prescient: to assist enterprising households create lasting concord throughout generations.

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They’re skilled individuals within the household companies trade who’re efficiently serving to enterprising households establish and attain their objectives.

Firm CEO O’Connor is an trade knowledgeable with greater than 35 years of expertise primarily based on the three-circle mannequin of the household enterprise system. The elemental framework focuses on three impartial and overlapping teams: household, possession and enterprise.

Blom, the COO for Blackwood Household Enterprise Companies, earned his chartered accountant designation in his hometown of Halifax and moved to Calgary in 2006 to work for Grant Thornton, turning into a tax accomplice and managing accomplice.

Throughout his time on the worldwide accounting agency, he helped various households with succession plans — with no fights. Blom remembers one household specifically that wanted recommendation, and he helped them plan for the way forward for the corporate and the 5 siblings concerned.

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He discovered the expertise rewarding and determined to start out his personal firm specializing in household enterprise companies.

Desiderata was named after Max Ehrmann’s well-known poem, which begins: “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and bear in mind what peace there could also be in silence.”

Blom says he’s excited by the sense of calm and focus {that a} household will get once they see readability of their future path.

However when he and O’Connor joined forces, they selected to proceed with the Blackwood title, being a bit simpler to clarify — named for the African Mpingo tree that grows slowly, producing a few of the most sturdy and hardest wooden on the planet.

But, Blackwood Household Enterprise Companies is experiencing slightly sooner progress in its mission to construct a centre of excellence for like-minded advisers.

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Presently, it has advisers/companions in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax, and is anticipating to ascertain full-time places of work in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.

The collaboration will improve and inform the agency’s work, and elevate and increase their observe with the usage of advertising and different instruments to higher serve enterprising households of their communities.


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David Parker seems repeatedly within the Herald. Learn on-line at He might be reached at 403-830-4622 or by e mail at [email protected]


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