Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA)

Established in 1986, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) is given annually by Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) to 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 regional FEYA celebrations. Each regional recipient is then considered for the National FEX Family Enterprise of the Year Award chosen by a volunteer selection committee and presented at the National FEYA celebration.

The 2020 National FEYA Finalists will be celebrated at the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum.

Now accepting nominations for FEYA 2021 — nominate a deserving family business today!

Do you know a family business that deserves to be celebrated?

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Have you come across a family business who has made a big impact in their community? Did they successfully pivot during COVID-19? Or maybe they have that special “X Factor.”

Does this sound like a business you know? Perhaps even your family business? Nominate them for the Family Enterprise of the Year Award.

If you want to apply on behalf of your own family business, skip the nomination form and download an application form.

FEYA Process


Download a nomination form and email to


Eligible family businesses must download and submit an application form by April 30.

Regional Celebrations

Regional FEYA finalists will be celebrated by the family business community, Fall/Winter 2021.

National Celebration

Regional FEYA recipients and the national winner will be honoured at Symposium 2022.


To be eligible, you must be a family-owned business defined as a private or public company, organization or holding company that has the following characteristics:

  • Canadian
  • Employs family members
  • Multi-generational (now or in the future)

Looking for the forms?

If you know a family business that deserves recognition, download and complete the nomination form and email to

If you are a family business owner and want to apply, download and complete an application form and email to by April 30.

Family Enterprise of the Year Award 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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