Congratulations Akhurst Machinery Limited, recipient of the 2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award

Published: Apr 21, 2021

OAKVILLE, ON – April 21, 2021 – Family Enterprise Canada (FEC) is proud to announce that Akhurst Machinery Limited is the recipient of our 2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA). This honour was celebrated virtually at the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Family Enterprise Canada congratulates Akhurst Machinery Limited, a fourth-generation family-owned business who continues to exemplify strong values, success, excellent customer service while “building trust, creating together.” With five offices across Canada, they have steadily grown into one of Canada’s leading distributors of high-quality industrial equipment to the secondary woodworking, structural steel, sheet metal, and machine tool industries. By putting family at the forefront of their work, they have earned many satisfied customers and loyal employees throughout their 82 years (and counting) of operations.

On behalf of Family Enterprise Canada, I would like to congratulate our 2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award winners, the Akhurst Family and Akhurst Machinery Limited. I firmly believe that family businesses, including our FEYA finalists, will be leading the way in our economic recovery in Canada.” Bill Brushett, President & CEO, Family Enterprise Canada.

Akhurst Machinery remains a family operated company, owned by family members Graham Akhurst, Ryan Akhurst, and Brent Akhurst. To this day, they work towards achieving business goals that are aligned with their values as a family business.

Thank you so much for this huge honour.” Ryan Akhurst, Co-owner/Vice President of Akhurst Machinery

Learn more about Akhurst Machinery Limited.

About the Family Enterprise of the Year Award

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.  Each year, business families across Canada are nominated and recognized at regional FEYA celebrations. Each regional recipient is then considered for the National FEC Family Enterprise of the Year Award chosen by a volunteer selection committee and presented at the National FEYA celebration.

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 Canada

We are the national community for family business in Canada. Our goal is to ensure the long-term success and continuity of enterprising families and their family enterprises, across generations! Family Enterprise Canada empowers business families and Family Enterprise Advisors (FEAs) to thrive by providing a dynamic peer community, family-focused learning, relevant insights, a family enterprise specific designation and — together with our Foundation — a voice for all.

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Sheila Scott
National Director, Marketing & Communications
Family Enterprise Canada
T: 647.521.7812

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