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National Family Enterprise of the Year Award Gala
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Please join the FEX community as we honour 6 prominent family businesses from across the country and announce the FEYA 2019 Winner. This evening is an opportunity for our incredible families and advisors to connect with peers, catch up and share experiences. Come and enjoy the reflections shared during an introspective conversation with our FEYA Finalists moderated by Helen Antoniou-Molson, bestselling author, executive coach and member of the Molson family. See details below to learn more!

When: Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
Where: The Boulevard Club
1491 Lake Shore Blvd W
Toronto, Ontario  M6K3C2
Contact: Chris Dohnal
905-337-8375 Ext. 259

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National Family Enterprise of the Year Award Gala

Established in 1986, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) 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. Each year business families across Canada are nominated through their local FEX Chapter and recognized at special Chapter Family Enterprise of the Year Award events. The Chapter Family Enterprise of the Year Award recipient is then nominated for consideration for the National FEX Family Enterprise of the Year Award. 


Please join the FEX community as we honour 6 prominent family businesses from across the country and announce the FEYA 2019 Winner. Help us recognize and celebrate the important contributions made by Canadian family enterprises. There will be invaluable opportunities for our incredible families and advisors to connect with peers, catch up and share experiences and we are sure you will enjoy the reflections shared during an introspective conversation with members of our FEYA Finalists moderated by Helen Antoniou-Molson, bestselling author, executive coach and member of the Molson family.


Available Seating Options:

FEX Member Seat: $275+tax     Non- Member Seats: $350+tax

FEX Member Table (8 seats): $2,000+tax  Non-Member Tables (8 seats): $2,600+tax

FEX Member Table (10 seats): $2,550+tax Non-Member Tables (10 seats)$3,300+tax 

2019 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award Emcee, Moderator and Finalists:



Talent Optimization Specialist, PREDICTIVE SUCCESS CORPORATION

Jennifer is an influencer, inspirer, connector and leader in Toronto’s business and startup community.

Jennifer grew up working alongside her family business, Predictive Success Corporation. Growing up with a mission of Better Work, Better World, Jennifer makes that vision a reality for every one of her clients. She developed a strong curiosity for what makes exceptional people great at what they do.

Jennifer also guest lectures students in the Human Resources Management course at Trent University, is an Advisory Board Member for the Central Ontario Chapter of Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX), is the Co-Chair for the FEX Next-Gen Committee and is a McHappy Day Super Hero Program Ambassador.


Helen Antoniou-Molson, BCL, LLB, DEA, MPH

Helen Antoniou-Molson is an executive coach for corporate leaders and their teams, as well as family business owners and their successors. With over 28 years of experience, she brings a combination of business acumen, leadership insights and counselling skills to help her clients maximize their impact and smoothly transition their business from one generation to the next. Helen is the author of the Globe and Mail bestseller, Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson, a business biography of her father-in-law and past chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company, published in May 2018. Helen is also a volunteer board member in the areas of health, education and the arts. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and holds degrees from McGill University, Université de Paris II – Assas, and Harvard University.


Barkman Concrete Ltd (Manitoba):

For 71 years, Barkman Concrete Ltd., a family-owned company, has developed a name as an innovator and leader in precast concrete manufacturing. Founded in Steinbach, Manitoba by three brothers, Arnold, Edwin, and Peter Barkman, Barkman now employs more than 250 people across Western Canada. Since 1948, Barkman has manufactured precast concrete products for residential and commercial installations and are regularly shipped throughout Canada, the US and other areas worldwide. Products can be found as far away as Guantanamo Bay, Norway, the Caribbean, and even Madagascar.

The latest advancement to the Barkman brand came in 2015 when Barkman took large steps forward in concrete innovation and capacity with its new state-of-the-art Hess paver plant. Barkman has been committed to the same family values as they had when they started, valuing integrity, quality, loyalty and innovation in all they do. 

Camp Arowhon Ltd (Central Ontario):


Camp Arowhon is a co-ed overnight summer camp for children in in the heart of Algonquin Park. Started in 1932 by Lillian Kates, it is now in its 4th generation of family ownership and management and welcomes up to 600 children each summer. Arowhon’s mission is to nurture and challenge youth both physically and emotionally while fostering community values and environmental stewardship. Arowhon employs 170 staff each summer who receive professional training and supervision that set them up to be leaders of the future.  

Columbia Bottle Enterprises Ltd (Okanagan):

Father & son, Ross & Clare Cassan, started in the recycling business in 1976 when they opened Columbia Bottle Enterprises, a beer bottle return depot, and have since opened two other locations in Kelowna and one in Kamloops. The recycling programs in British Columbia have also grown and all of the depots now accept all refundable beverage containers, batteries, small appliances, electronics, paper, cardboard, plastics and lighting fixtures. Between the four locations, over 75 million beverage containers are diverted annually from the landfill.

Giving back to the community is important to the Cassan family. For over a decade, they have supported Pathways, a local not-for-profit society that employs people with diverse abilities. They also assist schools and sports teams with their fundraising bottle drives and encourage our next generation of athletes to participate in community sports by sponsoring the mini rugby program through the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts, of which Clare is a founding member.

The next generation of Cassans are also proud be part of a family owned, environmentally conscious business looking to make change, one recycled item at a time.

Lammle's Western Wear (Calgary):

In 1983, the 2 Lammle brothers opened the first 3 stores in hometown Calgary; and today operate 28. Their mission was simple: to address the real needs of everyday Albertans—those looking for a Western retail brand that provides better service, selection and convenience. At the time, the family was also ranching, which was an ideal position to learn firsthand what future customers value resulting in a lifestyle brand experience that people from all walks of life find attractive and trustworthy. Whether, ranching or retail, the Lammle’s values are to operate with integrity, treat everyone with a high level of respect and hospitality. They have a commitment to ‘good old fashioned’ western values where a handshake can say it all.   That is what cultivates loyalty making Lammle’s a great place to work, and shop.

Regional Group (Ottawa):

Entering its 61st year changing the face of real estate in Ottawa, Steve Gordon leads the family and company founded by his father-in-law, Len Potechin. Accepting the leadership responsibility in 1984, Steve has continued the legacy to form the Regional Group of today, a unique, strong, vertically-integrated Capital regional real estate platform. The company has grown from a small family office to one attracting capital from wealth managers, external family offices, and institutions.

Through their core values of integrity, commitment, innovation, attention, balance, gratitude, and leadership, the family and company alike have been able to weather challenges and celebrate successes.  With the 3rd generation now being groomed to take the helm; the company is building upon its innovative history to embrace the technology and systems changes required by today’s clients.

The family’s faith and values continue to keep them humble and grateful for the successes they have achieved. Sense of community is the driving force behind every relationship made, every neighbourhood built, and every cause supported.

Van Bree Enterprises (South Western Ontario):

With a vision to always be growing in a slow sustainable way with decisions always being about the 10-year plan not the 10 day one, Van Bree Enterprises has been able to grow from a two-bulldozer operation in the late 1960’s into Lambton County’s leading supplier of sand & gravel products as well as the area’s leading farm and municipal drainage providers. Through maintaining their core values, year over year of treating everyone as part of the Family, this accounts for their high employee longevity. The Van Bree’s head into their 52nd  year in business, successfully having the third generation as part of the ownership team. The Van Bree’s feel the local community is also a key member of their family and through the donation of time, expertise and equipment they have been able to support local sports areas and expand the interest of the trades as a career.

Selection Committee:

For the 2019 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award, we wanted to extend our thanks to our selection committee:

  • Arthur Salzer - Northland Wealth Management
  • Ben Sparrow - Sparrow Hotels
  • Debbie Mohr-Caldwell - Goldie Mohr Limited
  • Jacqueline Innes - MARL Technologies Inc.
  • Scott Weatherford - ATCO Wood Products Ltd.


The Boulevard Club, Outdoor Verandah


The National FEYA will be at the Ballroom, in The Boulevard Club.

Free visitor parking is available for guests at The Boulevard Club, however it is first come, first served. Alternatively, there are two Green P lots within short walking distance (about 500 meters):

* To the East: there is a large public parking lot immediately to the east of The Legion Building. Turn right off Lake Shore onto Net Drive and park at the bottom of the hill. 

* To the West: there is a parking lot just past Palais Royale. To enter, drive westbound on Lake Shore to just past Colborne Lodge Dr. There is a lane to turn onto Eastbound Lake Shore. The public parking will be on your righthand side.


Cancellation Policy:

Please note FEX event tickets are non-refundable. If you are no longer able to attend this event, you may transfer your purchased ticket to someone else. Please contact FEX with the name of the guest you have chosen to attend the event on your behalf.