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

Published: May 30, 2022

VANCOUVER, BC – May 30, 2022 – Family Enterprise Canada is proud to announce that Kalesnikoff is the recipient of our 2021 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA). This honour was celebrated in person at Symposium 2022 on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Family Enterprise Canada congratulates Kalesnikoff, a fourth-generation family-owned business that continues to be inspired by the forest and the endless possibilities of wood. In 1939, Koozma, Peter and Sam Kalesnikoff started a horse logging operation that would grow to become a specialized sawmill in Thrums, BC. The brothers abide closely to the credo, “Take care of the land, and the land will take care of you.” This remains the company’s guiding principle to this day.

“On behalf of Family Enterprise Canada, I would like to congratulate our 2021 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award winner, Kalesnikoff. I am so proud of all our FEYA Finalists, and I am thrilled we can celebrate and honour them in person.Bill Brushett, President & CEO, Family Enterprise Canada.

Kalesnikoff remains a family-operated company, owned by family member Chris, the Chief Operating Officer, and Ken’s daughter Krystle, the Chief Financial Officer.

“Thank you so much for this accolade — it’s really amazing! My dad would be really proud.” Ken Kalesnikoff, President of Kalesnikoff

To learn more about Kalesnikoff, visit their website.

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 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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