Announcing the Edmonton Recipient of the 2020 FEX Alberta Family Enterprise of the Year Award, Mobile Augers and Research Ltd.

Published: Mar 13, 2020

CALGARY, AB – March 12, 2020 – Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) is proud to announce Mobile Augers and Research Ltd. as the Edmonton recipient of the 2020 FEX Alberta Family Enterprise of the Year Award. This honour was celebrated at a gala dinner on March 12, 2020 at Flores and Pine in Calgary, AB.

Mobile Augers and Research Ltd.: A geotechnical and environmental drilling firm serving western Canada, the Northwest Territories, and the Arctic. The company was founded in 1959 by Ronald W. Innes, who began operations with an Explorer B40 mounted on a one-ton Ford. Mobile Augers introduced the technique of continuous dry auger drilling to western Canada in 1959, thus establishing a tradition of staying current and modern. Always up for a challenge, Mr. Innes and his staff became known in the industry for taking on drilling challenges that no one else could.

Over the years, the company gained experience in a wide variety of geotechnical applications, including soil testing for buildings, bridges, roads, water, sewer and environmental investigations. Throughout the 1960s, Mr. Innes designed and built a variety of rigs to meet customer demand. For example, the compact Arctic Ranger was designed to be portable by helicopter, airplane, pick-up truck, Bombardiers or even snowmobiles. This unique drill has been used for soil investigations throughout western Canada and has also been used in the Antarctic and Egypt.

The Family Enterprise of Year Award (FEYA) was established in 1986 to celebrate and promote the achievements of Canadian business families and the considerable contribution they make to the economic and social fabric of both their local communities and Canada as a whole. In fact, FEX recently issued a report, Family Enterprise Matters, which explores the impact of family-owned enterprises on the Canadian economic landscape, producing the most comprehensive picture of family enterprise in Canada to date. This report confirms that family enterprise matters; accounting for approximately 50 per cent of private sector GDP and nearly 7 million jobs across the country.

FEYA 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 best practices that benefit the business, the family and their communities. Having demonstrated significant capabilities in these regards, FEYA recipients are examples of excellence and are integral to Canada’s economic future.

About Family Enterprise Xchange

Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) is a national community of business families and designated Family Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) that provides each member with access to the opportunities, advice and resources to learn, grow, share and connect — helping to achieve stronger outcomes for both enterprising families and their enterprises, enabling them to thrive and succeed for generations. Through participation in peer groups, workshops, conferences and other learning opportunities, FEX provides a platform for the community to share ideas, learn best practices and build their collective knowledge and skills. Not only is FEX the family enterprise community in Canada, it is the voice of this community on the national stage.

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Sheila Scott
National Director, Marketing & Communications
Family Enterprise Xchange
T: 905.337.8375 ext. 223

Debbie Van Camp
Prairies Regional Manager
Family Enterprise Xchange
T: 587.284.2233

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