I just spent three amazing days in our nation’s capital of Ottawa at the 2017 Canadian Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) Conference. This is now the third annual conference put on by the ESOP Association of Canada – a not-for-profit organization created to promote the concept of employee ownership in Canada. While there are many different employee ownership vehicles (stock option plans, phantom stock plans, restricted share participation units, etc), what separates the type of employee ownership discussed at this conference from general share ownership is the culture of ownership thinking. Of course, the act of offering an ownership vehicle to your employees does not guarantee wealth, and it does not necessarily promote ownership mentality. For that, you need a deliberate and intentional change in company culture. You need focused intent. Next week: two stories from the conference about owner legacies via ESOPs.