Peter Jaskiewicz was born into a business family in Poland and grew up in Germany. Wanting to understand why succession failed in his family’s business, Peter researched family businesses during both his doctoral studies at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, and while visiting INSEAD, Fontainebleau,
and IESE Business School, Barcelona. Today, he is a full professor of family business at the Telfer School of Management in Ottawa, where he holds a University Research Chair in Enduring Entrepreneurship and is the Academic Director of the Family Enterprise Legacy Institue (FELI). His findings have received numerous awards and were considered among the most globally influential scholarship on family business in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Peter has presented his research insights to members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, and employees of the United Nations. In addition, he has also worked with the federal government in Canada. He is an associate editor of the leading journal in the family business field—the Family Business Review—and of the pioneering knowledge-sharing platform—familybusiness.org. He has been a visiting professor at Zhejiang University (China), Sorbonne Business School and University de Nanterre (both France), and King’s College (United Kingdom), and is a frequent keynote speaker at both academic and practitioner conferences. He trains family business professionals on succession planning and, in his advising practice, provides support to the development of responsible Next Gen owners and effective Next Gen teams. He lives with his wife, Lidiane Cunha, and their two children, Anna and Leon, in Ottawa, Canada.