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 at regional FEYA celebrations. 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.

This year, the National FEYA celebration will be taking place at the Family Business Symposium in Vancouver on May 30-June 1.

Congratulations to the 2021 Family Enterprise of the Year Award Finalists

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We would like to give special thanks to our 2021 National FEYA Evaluation Committee:

  • Ryan Akhurst, Akhurst Machinery Ltd.
  • Susan J. Brown, Propel Financial Life Management & Propel Insurance and Advisory Inc.
  • Stephanie Domenco, Family Wealth Group Ltd.
  • Arthur Salzer, Northland Wealth Management
  • Ben Sparrow, Sparrow Hotels

FEYA Process


Third party nominations are now closed.


Applications are now closed.

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)

Family Enterprise of the Year Award Recipients

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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