CAFE Canada

CAFE Manitoba Family Enterprise Of The Year Award




Celebrating the Contribution of Business Families!

For Immediate Release, Friday March 18, 2016 


Will represent Manitoba in the national competition

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Manitoba is pleased to announce Independent Jewellers. as the 2016 Manitoba Family Enterprise of the Year, at a gala event held at the Inn at the Forks last evening.

        David Christianson presenting award to Independent Jewellers

Independent Jewellers was founded in 1937 by John H. Epp.  Today his grandsons, Jeremy and Jonathan Epp operate this family        owned business carrying on their Grandfather’s tradition.  The company has grown over the years, adding luxury brands to its portfolio  and always looking for popular new brands for the Winnipeg market.  Independent Jewellers has two locations in Winnipeg and this    year, Jeremy and Jonathan will be building a brand new free standing store that will be one of the finest in Canada. 

Attendees enjoyed the behind-the-scenes family stories told by Independent Jewellers and the other three finalists Birkett Freight    SolutionsCanadian Footwear Ltd. and Wild West Seasonings. 


Since 1983, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award has recognized significant achievements by Canadian family businesses, acknowledging their importance in Canada’s economy. This association understands the unique challenges that face family owned business and recognizes the contribution each of these businesses makes to our local and national economy. Every nomination must meet eligibility requirements and undergoes a rigorous judging process to become a finalist and a winner.  

"Manitoba Family-Owned Businesses continue to be recognized as some of the most important and valued employers throughout Manitoba and drivers of our economy", says Bob Spriggs of Vector Construction, the current President of the Manitoba Chapter of CAFE. "We were honoured to celebrate business success with this year's Manitoba Family Enterprise of the Year Award finalists, which highlighted families who have shown dedication to our community and strengthening the family business footprint in Manitoba. We are very pleased to congratulate the 2016 Manitoba award recipient, Independent Jewellers and wish them all the very best as they proudly represent Manitoba for the National award." 

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Manitoba is the only association in this province that acknowledges the unique needs of family business and assists them to succeed. They are the local chapter of the national association passionately committed to assisting families in business. 

For more information please contact:

Brenda Knight, Managing Director 

Canadian Association of Family Enterprise Manitoba Chapter
PO Box 45081 RPO Kildonan Place
Winnipeg, MB  R2C 5G5
T. 204-918-6170
F. 204-219-8703

Pictures taken by Alyssa Arnold

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About CAFE

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) is Canada’s only national not-for-profit that celebrates and supports family business. Founded in 1983, it has grown to include 13 chapters from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. The organization facilitates peer interaction, allowing family business members to share experiences and learn from each other. CAFE also creates a community of families and professionals who can provide technical solutions and expertise to help families in business succeed. CAFE, as a result, is the voice of family business in Canada. For more information, visit