Founding Principal

David has that rare ability to anticipate the needs of his clients, as well as the gifted capacity to guide a family business through unsettling waters, while confronting the elephants in the room. He does all this with grace, humility and a deep sense of caring.

J. Lyn Bannister

Founder, Bannister Automotive Group

David C. Bentall

David Bentall


David has been advising family enterprises for over 25 years and has worked with over 180 different families. He has also personally experienced succession in a family business three separate times:

  1. As a Next Gen Leader who was thwarted in his plans to lead;
  2. As a successor who was appointed president and guided the family firm for almost ten years;
  3. As an owner who sold his shares of the family business and then worked for the new owners.

Regardless of who you are or where you are at with family business succession, David understands and empathizes with your circumstances because he has experienced virtually everything you are facing! This gives him the insight and wisdom to thoughtfully and skillfully help you navigate through your own family business succession plan.

David is an experienced executive coach, exceptional speaker, gifted moderator, and trained facilitator. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Commerce and Harvard’s Business School and, as an adjunct professorship at UBC, he has been teaching in the field of Family Enterprise for more than fifteen years.

For two decades, David worked in his family’s real estate and construction businesses and during his tenure as President & CEO of Dominion Construction, the business doubled in size to just under $300 million in sales. He also played a leading role in the development and construction of several landmark projects across Canada, including GM Place (now Rogers Arena) in Vancouver and the TD Centre Office Complex in downtown Winnipeg. He was also a key player in the successful Vancouver/Whistler 201O Olympic bid.

The creative energy and focused determination that marked David’s career in business is now being available to individuals and families, to help them identify and resolve their issues.



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With years of combined personal and professional experience, our team is here to help you succeed. Talk to us and find out how we can help your family with challenges you may be facing as well as continuity planning, family meetings and board recruiting.