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Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA)

Established in 1986, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) is given annually by the Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) to recognize, celebrate, and promote the achievements of Canadian family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy.

Each year business families across Canada are nominated and recognized at local FEYA celebrations. Each local recipient is then considered for the National FEX Family Enterprise of the Year Award selected by a volunteer selection committee.

This award is unique among business awards in Canada, as it does not only focus on traditional business metrics. Instead, the selection committee also looks at how well the family enterprise integrates what we know to be best practices that benefit the business, the family and their communities. The National FEYA recipient demonstrates significant capabilities in these regards and is an example of excellence and what is integral to Canada’s economic future- healthy family enterprises.

Business is important but legacies are created by people and families. FEX plays a vital role in assisting families to create legacies and create the future of our Canada. The work that you are doing is more important than you can ever realize. Thank you.

Steve Gordon, Regional Group, 2019 National FEYA Recipient

National FEYA 2020

While the National FEYA Gala planned for Symposium 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the remaining local FEYA celebrations carry on!  We invite you to join us online as we honour and celebrate the family enterprise community at three events showcasing FEYA Finalists telling their stories and sharing their experiences. See our event listing.

The National FEYA is evaluated by a volunteer panel of judges. The judges are family business educators, advisors, family business leaders, and FEX members.

2020 Selection Committee

  • Steve Gordon, President & CEO, The Regional Group of Companies Inc.
  • Susan Brown, Investment and Insurance Advisor, Consultant to Family Business Propel Insurance and Advisory Inc.
  • Arthur Salzer, CFA, CEO & CIO, Northland Wealth Management

FEYA Recipients


2019 Regional Group
2018 ATCO Wood Products
2017 Larsen & Shaw
2016 Sutton Financial Group
2015 Morley Hoppner
2014 Capital Iron
2013 Archway Insurance, Ltd.
2012 Halifax Seed Company
2011 Saskatoon Funeral Home
2010 Beau’s Natural Brewing Company
2009 The Bragg Group of Companies
2008 O’Regans Automotive
2006 Dollco Printing
2004 Samuel Son & Co. Limited
2002 Cardinal Meat Specialists
1999 Sifton Properties Ltd.
1997 The BC Bearing Group
1996 Byland Nurseries
1995 The Price Family Group
1994 St. Joseph Printing
1993 H.J. Langen & Sons
1992 Duha Colour Services
1991 St. Hubert Bar-B-Q
1990 Rogers Communications Inc.
1989 The Pioneer Group
1988 Tilden Rent-A-Car
1987 The Bentall Group
1986 E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd.

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