The Quintessential Canadian Entrepreneur
Michael combines entrepreneurial success with a substantial commitment to giving back to his community.
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Headquartered in Victoria, BC, Canada, The Forbes Group comprises myriad different businesses, focusing on health-care services delivery, advertising and media production, food retail and distribution, interior decor and home building supplies, moving and storage, and residential living.
With visionary leadership provided by its business development team, The Forbes Group is committed to delivering total customer satisfaction. Its overarching goal is to enable the full array of diverse The Forbes Group companies to become leaders in their markets and to deliver products and services that better serve their customers.
This website is designed to provide customers, employees, financial partners, and suppliers with a better picture of the scope and scale of The Forbes Group.
The Forbes Group Vision
Forbes Group is a diverse company that focuses on innovation in the health sector through evidence-based medicine and technology. Forbes Group strives to create affordable and preventative health solutions for patients across Canada. With a strong passion for helping others be their best selves, Forbes Group acquires and invests in health care businesses in emerging markets such as integrated pharmacies, medical practices, wellness service technology and health supplements. Forbes Group vertically integrates other businesses to serve the common goal of preventative and integrative medicine to make people’s lives better.
Through strong values and leadership, Forbes Group is an employer of choice, as demonstrated by its strong employee retention and relationships. Forbes’ employees are entrepreneurs themselves and are given the tools to better their lives through pursuing their passions at work. Management has a grassroots style where the CEO and managers work alongside many of the various employees in different sectors.
Forbes Group believes that by listening to a person’s passion first before assigning the work creates a much happier work environment and productive workforce. Accordingly, each employee is listened to and is given the appropriate work that corresponds with their unique passions and strengths, creating a positive work culture and family.
Forbes Group believes that everyone has the opportunity to excel upwards within the company based on their demonstrated ability and not seniority.
The Future of Forbes Group is bright. With many acquisitions and new ventures planned, Forbes Group will be changing the framework of medicine and making lives better along the way.
Michael is a dynamic and driven entrepreneur with a background in medicine. Graduating from Kamloops at the top of his class, he then attended the University of British Columbia on a swimming scholarship, graduating in 2002 with a BSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Michael has obtained additional certification in Hormone Restoration, Age Management Medicine, and more recently, Cannabis Plant Production and Facility Management from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Michael also has his private pilots license from Mount Royal Aviation College and was elected to attend the Ivey School of Business for Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2017 where he received an honourary MBA.
Michael’s vision stems from wanting to provide people with a better way to be their best self through living conditions, medical access and advice, and better ways to obtain goods and services. Michael believes that employees are the backbone of any business and the value of the business is a reflection of how empowered the employees are in working to make their community better through their work. Michael is a well known philanthropist in his communities. He set up initiatives to help many patients in need, local schools, the SPCA, to name a few.
He has built over a dozen medical clinics, including 3 methadone clinics, and provides over 500 jobs. Michael’s expertise led him to being nominated to help create the procedures for methadone maintenance procedures for the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. Through his pharmacy background and cannabis experience, Michael is helping protect our communities from drug diversion and help increase accessibility to medications for those in need. Michael has founded 5 cannabis medical clinics called Concord Medical Clinic and a cannabis production facility named Sitka Weed Works. He has also built and opened 14 Choom Cannabis locations across Canada.
Over the course of 16 years, Michael has created and operated a chain of pharmacies throughout BC and Alberta. Michael’s innovative nature led him to create the Ageless Living brand, which includes Ageless Living Wellness Centre. In 2014 he launched the first Ageless Living Expo and opened Canada’s first Biohacking Centre, to help people increase their workout efficiency and recover quicker from illness and injury.
Michael’s company, Forbes Group, operates a diverse group of businesses and real estate across Western Canada including: Salt Spring Island Ales, Casino Royale Rentals, Bubble Soccer, Island View Care, West Coast Super Storage, Sitka Weedworks Inc, Forbes Pharmacy, and Clarity Cannabis. Michael saw an immediate need to start the Langford COVID-19 Response Team in mid March 2020. He put his resources together and within a week, started testing and treating potential covid patients in the Western Communities.
Michael Forbes is in good standing with BC College of Pharmacists. He won a prestigious Quantum Shift fellowship award. Backed by KPMG, the Ivey Institute of Entrepreneurship, TD commercial Bank and the Globe and Mail, the fellowship is awarded each year to 40 of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. Most importantly to Michael’s business accomplishments, is his pride in being a loving and dedicated father to his son, Ryder.
The Leadership Team
The Forbes Group management has a grassroots style, where the CEO and managers work alongside many of its employees in various sectors.
Because of its strong leadership values of integrity and innovation, Forbes Group is an employer of choice. The evidence of this is the way Forbes Group forges strong relationships with people who work there, as well as the way Forbes Group is able to retain its employees. Entrepreneurs themselves, Forbes Group employees are given the tools to better their lives by pursuing their passions at work.
Forbes Group believes in listening to a person and determining their passion, and only then assigning them projects or tasks that correspond with their unique passions and strengths. This helps creates a much happier work environment, and a more productive and positive work culture. It’s less a traditional workforce and more akin to a friendly, family business.
Forbes Group believes that everyone has the opportunity to excel upward within the company based not necessarily on seniority, but on each person’s demonstrated ability.
The future of Forbes Group is bright. With many acquisitions and new ventures planned, Forbes Group will be changing the framework of health-care services and making lives better along the way.
Brenda Mitchell, Operations Manager
Brenda oversees all financial and operations aspects of our company. in addition, Brenda’s expertise and experience is relied on when advising on business strategy, new stores, purchasing, merchandising and IT.
Join Our Team
Are you a smart cookie and an enterprising individual, able to offer leadership as well as work as part of a team? Consider investigating opportunities with The Forbes Group, headquartered in Victoria, BC, Canada. The Forbes Group has diverse businesses, including delivery of health care services, advertising and media production, food retail and distribution, interior decor and home building supplies, moving and storage, and residential living.
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