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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 Family Enterprise Canada 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 as regional FEYA recipients. Each regional recipient is then considered for the National Family Enterprise of the Year Award chosen by a evaluation committee and presented at the National FEYA celebration held at Symposium.

The 2021 National FEYA recipient is Kalesnikoff. Congratulations to the Kalesnikoff family!

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

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Are you aware of a family business that has made a big impact in their community? Do they create a positive working environment for both family and non-family employees? 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.

NOTE: Nominations have now closed for 2022 FEYA.


FEYA Process


Complete the FEYA Nomination Form by August 31 (now closed).


Eligible family businesses can download and submit a FEYA Application Form by October 3 (now closed).

Regional Celebrations

Regional FEYA Finalists will be celebrated by the family business community on November 30. Please join us!

National Celebration

Regional FEYA Recipients and the national winner will be honored at Symposium 2023 in Ottawa.


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, complete the Nomination Form by August 31, 2022 (now closed).

If you are a family business owner and want to apply OR your business has been nominated, download and complete a FEYA Application Form and email to by October 3, 2022 (now closed).

Congratulations Kalesnikoff, recipient of the 2021 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award

Thank you so much for this accolade — it’s really amazing! My dad would be really proud.

Ken Kalesnikoff
President of Kalesnikoff


Family Enterprise of the Year Award Recipients

2021 Kalesnikoff
2020 Akhurst Machinery Limited
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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