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FEYA 2020 – Central Ontario Celebration

September 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

This year we are excited to host the Central Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) celebrations virtually! We invite you to join us as we honour and celebrate the family enterprise community and our two finalist -Burnbrae Farms and Newcom Media Inc. Learn more about them below.

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 online to hear from, be inspired by and learn first-hand from two resilient family businesses, their unique journeys and why family enterprise is more important than ever. Help support family business in Canada – reserve a virtual seat today!

Event Details


Wednesday, September 30, 2020
4:00 - 5:30PM EDT


Online via Zoom
From the comfort of your home!

Who Can Attend

Our entire FEX Family community is invited to attend.

Please Note: FEAs who attend this session will earn 1.5 continuing education credits toward their annual FEA designation requirement. FEAs must be signed in to their FEX account when registering in order for the credit to be automatically awarded.

Host/Special Guest

Dan Brintnell, 2020 Central Ontario FEYA Selection Committee Chair and Managing Director at Overbay Capital Partners

With special guest Domenic Primucci, President of Pizza Nova


Emma O'Dwyer, Ontario Regional Manager
T: 289.259.9983
E: eodwyer@FEXCanada.ca

Central Ontario Finalists

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.

Newcom Media Inc.

Newcom Family Image

Today Newcom is one of Canada’s largest B2B media companies, thanks to the entrepreneurship and family style leadership and focus of the Glionna Family.

With over 30 years in business, Newcom links its roots all the way back to 1940 when current President Joe Glionna’s grandfather Al Glionna became publisher of Maclean Hunter’s Bus & Truck Transport (B&TT) magazine. 2 years after Al’s retirement his son Jim Glionna got a job at Wadham Publishing Co. as a salesman on Motor Truck – a direct competitor of the book Al once published. Jim rose rapidly through the ranks and in 1976 was offered a partnership in the firm. In 1987, three years after Wadham was sold to Southam Communications, Jim decided to go his own way, launching two new trucking magazines (Today’s Trucking and Truck & Trailer), which became the foundation of Newcom. In 2014, Southam’s entire Business Information Group (BIG) came up for sale. The resulting acquisition (a joint venture with Annex Business Media) added $20 million to Newcom’s revenue. Despite the instant growth, Joe was committed to maintaining a close family-style personal management relationship between employees and owners.

Host/ Special Guest

Dominic Primucci Pizza Nova

Domenic Primucci
President of Pizza Nova

Domenic Primucci was born to immigrant parents from the region of Basilicata in Italy. Back in 1963 his father and uncles opened one small, corner pizzeria called Pizza Nova in Toronto. Today, Domenic is the President of Pizza Nova, which is still a Toronto-based family owned and operated business. A business that now has 150 locations throughout most of Southern Ontario.

In April of 2012, with Domenic’s leadership, Pizza Nova won the Grand Prize Award of Excellence in Franchising which is the Canadian Franchise Association’s most coveted and highest honour. Since that win at the CFA convention, Pizza Nova has consecutively won Bronze, Silver and Gold in its category each year; most recently taking home the Gold in April 2018 and 2019. In addition to the back-to-back wins, Pizza Nova is also CFA’s Franchisees’ Choice Designee for 9 years running.


Dan Brintnell
2020 Central Ontario FEYA Selection Committee Chair and Managing Director at Overbay Capital Partners

Dan Brintnell is actively engaged in a number of professional and personal activities focused on creating value for families in business. With two family-owned businesses, he understands the joy and the complexities of this backbone to the Canadian economy. Dan is constantly paying it forward with FEX and FEAs. He is a member of the FEX Ambassador Community for Ontario, chairs the Central Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award committee, provides networking opportunities for FEAs and is always introducing families to FEX and professionals to the FEA program. Dan’s day job is actually Managing Director for Overbay Capital Partners, where he leads Overbay’s client-facing team providing globally diversified private equity portfolios to institutions, family offices and families wishing to preserve and enhance their wealth.


September 30, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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