These 23 publicly traded companies outperformed their peers on the TSX for the past two decades. What do they have in common?

The list includes Thomson Reuters, Quebecor, Rogers, Bombardier, Canadian Tire, Maple Leaf Foods and Shaw Communications.

Between 1993 and 2012, Canada’s family controlled corporations outperformed the TSX Index. For the most part, they also bounced back more easily from the 2008 crash. And yet family firms get a bad rap for being poorly governed. A study by the Rotman School of Management discusses why best practices might look different at family firms, and why that’s a good thing.

Read the Rotman study