Succession planning for family businesses with CEO of T&T Supermarket, Tina Lee

Dec 19 2017, 11:44 pm

Recently, Vikram VijBrian Scudamore and Andrew Sheperd presented at Small Business BC’s Local Leader Series resulting in each event sold out with 200 people. Tina Lee, CEO at T&T Supermarket Inc., is the final Local Leaders Speaker and will share her journey of taking over the reins of Canada’s largest supermarket chain and her goals to evolve the business at the Local Leaders small business mixer on Thursday, July 16 at Small Business BC in Vancouver.


Lee is the daughter of T&T’s Founder, Cindy Lee, who announced her retirement earlier this year. She grew up on the West Coast, watching her mother grow the business from one store in Richmond to over 20 stores today. During her exclusive presentation, Lee will discuss:

  • Taking on the family business: My journey with T&T Supermarket
  • Understanding the Asian community and consumer
  • Overcoming challenges of developing new customer bases
  • Never losing your roots: Being an ambassador of Asian food and culture


“Vancouver is the gateway to the Canadian dream for so many,” said Tina. “At Local Leaders, I hope my story will help family businesses stay bonded through years of transition.”

Between April and July, the series includes Vikram Vij, Owner of Vij’s, Rangoli and My Shanti (April 2); Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING (May 7); Andrew Shepherd, Founder of Vancouver Island Salt Co. (June 4); and Tina Lee, CEO, T & T Supermarket (July 16). These presenters will cover important focus areas for small business owners, such as overcoming adversity, HR practices, scaling-up for international trade and succession planning.


“Launching and growing a business takes a lot of hard work, a solid business plan and a strong community,” says George Hunter, CEO of Small Business BC. “We’re delighted to open our doors to help entrepreneurs learn from successful business owners and discover the tools and resources paramount to achieving long-term success.”

The public and small business community are encouraged to join Andrew Shephard for an evening of networking and interactive discussion, drinks and refreshments from SEVA Maple Water, Bridge Brewing, and Dirty Laundry Vineyard, along with appetizers and cupcakes fromPotluck Cafe & Catering, SPREAD’EM Kitchen, and ManCakes Bakery. More information on the Local Leaders series can be found at

Local Leaders with Tina Lee

When: Thursday, July 16

Where: Small Business BC – 54-601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

5:30 p.m. – Networking and Drinks Reception
6:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker – Tina Lee
7:05 p.m. – Interactive Q&A
7:15 p.m. – Networking

Tickets: $25 – Get tickets now at and get 30% off your ticket when you use the promo code VANCITYBUZZ

About Small Business BC

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there’s a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking “How do I…?” Small Business BC is the one to call.

About Local Leaders

Local Leaders is a monthly mixer series hosted by Small Business BC, the Province of British Columbia and Yellow Pages, connecting small business owners with thought leaders and each other. This series fosters the growth and development of local businesses by giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to network with and gain inspiration from business leaders in the community. This series supports the goal of the Small Business Accord to help foster a progressive business culture and support current and future generations of small business owners across B.C.


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