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LeCouvie_200x300Kelly LeCouvie, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Contact Kelly:

M. 716.598.2447



Kelly is a senior consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group, and works primarily in two areas of governance: corporate governance, which includes the development and assessment of corporate boards; and family governance, which includes the development of structures within the family that facilitate effective and sustainable decision making across generations. She has worked with clients in multiple industries based in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Kelly has worked in an advisory capacity with her family’s 60 year-old logistics company, and has personally experienced the joys and challenges of family members working together. Prior to returning to school to obtain her Ph.D., she founded and managed a securities business in Toronto for several years.

As a faculty member at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Kelly teaches strategy. She is the author and co-author of three books, two on family business. Kelly regularly speaks at conferences to a wide variety of audiences on corporate and family governance structures, family policy development, management of organizational change, and strategic leadership.

She and her husband live in Toronto Canada, enjoy travelling and spending time with family.


  • Family & Corporate Governance
  • Strategy
  • Succession & Continuity Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Policy Development


Kelly received an undergraduate degree in Economics, an MBA in finance, and a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior. 

Family Business Advisor Articles:

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Other Publications

FB_SuccessionFamily Business Succession: Your Roadmap to Continuity
Drawing on original research, case studies, and white papers, this book offers a comprehensive look at family business continuity planning, which is critical to the success of every family business.


A_womans_place_A Woman's Place: The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business
Through stories and interviews the authors explore the changing role women play in today's family business, looking at how to encourage and support women family members, to the challenges women face in finding the right balance between work and life, to the role spouses play in couples that work together.




  • The Critical First Step in Family Business Succession: Shared Vision
  • Creating a Sustainable (and Effective!) Family Business Culture
  • Developing Your Board of Directors for Maximum Impact
  • Effective Ownership in Larger Shareholder Groups


  • Family Businesses: Best Practices for Generational Transitions
  • Board of Directors with Non-Family Members
  • Family Business Succession: Your Roadmap to Continuity

"The topic of Business Succession Preparedness is both a timely and critical topic in today's small business market place. To adequately address this topic we needed a passionate and knowledgeable facilitator to guide 100+ stakeholders through a full days agenda to discuss; review; develop; and create a strategic path to taking a first step in addressing Alberta's potential needs in this environment.

Kelly LeCouvie proved to be all this and more as she motivated; encouraged; and led these stakeholder professionals to not only gain new & expanded knowledge but to have them commit their energies to developing critical strategic topics that would form a next generation step. We believe the symposium exceeded all expectations and Kelly was a major factor in this outcome."

John Lockhart
Symposium Co-Chair
General Manager
Highwood Business Development Corporation

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