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2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award Celebration

April 21, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

This year we are excited to host the 2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) celebrations virtually at the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum! We invite you to join us as we honour and celebrate the family enterprise community and our three finalists, Akhurst Machinery Limited, Burnbrae Farms and Schinkel Properties Inc.

Established in 1986, this award is given annually by FEX to recognize, celebrate and promote the achievements of Canadian family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy.

Tune in at the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum to hear from, be inspired by and learn first-hand from these resilient family businesses. We will hear their unique journeys and why family enterprise is more important now than ever. Help support family business in Canada – register for the Forum today!

Event Details


Wednesday, April 21, 2021
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT


This celebration is open to everyone attending the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum.


Susan St. Amand, The Sirius Group Inc.


Chris Dohnal, National Program and Event Specialist
E: cdohnal@fexcanada.ca

Please note: The 2020 National FEYA is part of the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum. We look forward seeing you there!

2020 National Finalists

Akhurst Machinery Ltd.

Akhurst Machinery

In 1938 at the age of 60 (when others might have been thinking of retirement), W.A. Akhurst demonstrated his courage and entrepreneurship and opened his own firm, W.A. Akhurst Machinery Limited. Operating out of his family home in Vancouver, the company offered industrial equipment primarily to sawmill operations in British Columbia. Now, with 80 employees in five offices strategically located across Canada, Akhurst Machinery has steadily grown to become one of the largest independent equipment distributors in the country. By bringing their family values to work and focusing on excellent service, they have earned many satisfied customers through the years.

The Akhurst family has also worked hard to provide a progressive environment where its staff are treated as an extension of the family. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, they have created a culture of trust and mutual respect and are proud of the many long-term employees at the company. Active community supporters, the Akhursts are generous contributors to the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C, participate in Movember (an annual event to raise awareness of men's health issues), and volunteer to coach community sports.

Eight decades after W.A. opened his doors, Akhurst Machinery remains a family operated company, owned by 4th Generation 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.

Burnbrae Farms

Burnbrae Family Photo

Burnbrae Farms is a 6th generation family owned and operated Canadian company that has been producing eggs for over 75 years. With egg grading, breaking, and farming operations in five provinces across Canada, Burnbrae Farms has been privately owned and operated by the Hudson family since the original farm was purchased in Lyn, Ontario in 1891.

They are dedicated to animal welfare and the promotion of sustainable agriculture systems that provide consumers with safe, affordable food and a good quality of life for the laying hens in our care. Today, Burnbrae Farms eggs and egg products can be found in local grocery stores, restaurants, food-service operations and homes across Canada. They’ve come a long way from their roots in the village of Lyn, but the employees of Burnbrae Farms and the Hudson family remain dedicated to offering high quality and nutritious food to communities nationwide.

Schinkel Properties Inc.

Schinkel Properties

Schinkel Properties Inc. was started in 1980 by Bob Schinkel. The company started out as a residential rental company and became a commercial leasing business after growing for several years. Today the company manages over 1,800 condo units, 250 apartment units and 215,000 square feet of commercial real estate. Their sister company, The InnKeepers, manages 7 mid-scale hotels in Manitoba and Alberta. This rapidly growing second-generation business is based in Steinbach, Manitoba with offices also in Winnipeg. The hotels are operated by son, Justin and construction operated by son, Evan. They are making an impact on the Manitoba economy and tourism sector with the achievement of their many successful hotels. Schinkel Properties Inc. takes pride in their mission statement "Your success through genuine care".

2020 National FEYA Host

Susan St. Amand,
The Sirius Group Inc.

Susan St. Amand

Susan's firm is built on trust and mutual respect between client and professional advisor. She works with multi-generational families and their team of advisors to integrate their values and successfully transfer assets from one generation to the next. Susan's integrity, passion, 'big picture' view, intense listening skills, comprehensive approach, technical skills and knowledge position her at the top of her field.

Susan specializes in continuity planning for families with wealth, including strategic risk management. Her strong technical skills and expert knowledge of financial instruments and governance make her uniquely skilled.


April 21, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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