CAFE Canada

2016 Family Enterprise Of The Year Award




May 17, 2016
Hyatt Regency Calgary, Calgary, AB

Celebrating the Contribution of Business Families!

Join us for this spectacular gala celebration as we honour the 2016 CAFE Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) National Recipient Sutton Financial Group, National Finalists Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm and Fisher Transport as well as celebrate the contribution of family business to Canada’s culture and economy!

Our evening will also feature an intimate fireside chat with Andrew Molson and award winning business author Gordon Pitts for as they share their insights, experience and perspectives on family business in Canada.

A seventh-generation member of the Molson brewing family, Andrew will share some thoughts on how his family continues to stay active in business, be it brewing, hockey or consulting and will discuss the importance of community involvement, which is part of his family’s DNA and essential for overall goodwill. View Andrew and Gordon's biographies and additional details, click here.

Share in this memorable evening with family and friends as we 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.

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Celebrating Business Families - 2016 FEYA Gala!

Congratulations to our 2016 CAFE FEYA National Recipient...

(Back L to R: Norma Munchinsky, Stacey White,
Bob Seel, Staci Heinbigner, Evan Verbeem,
Erin Wrubleski, Melanie McCrea, Lindsay Fuchs,
Erin Bauldic, Shannon Olson, Tim Hansen;
Front L to R: Stuart Sutton, Jay Stark, Andrea Hansen)

Sutton Financial Group was founded by Bob Sutton in 1990 and started on the premise of providing objective and reliable advice to clients in the pursuit of financial security and peace of mind. Bob believed that if you treated people with respect and always put their interests first then the business would be a success. Bob transitioned the company over a period of time to the current partners Stuart Sutton, Jay Stark, Tim Hansen and Andrea Hansen before his official retirement in 2014. His legacy at Sutton Financial Group is carried on by the partners and a committed team who share the same values and passion. They continue to serve their clients with expert advice in financial planning. Services have expanded to include personal development, specializing in benefits and pension for businesses. The firm’s services and client experience are integrated and aligned with their purpose, which is to inspire people to greater life fulfillment so they are able to impact their world in a meaningful way.

“Sutton Financial Group is thrilled and honoured to be this year’s recipient of CAFE Canada’s
Family Enterprise of the Year Award. Having recently gone through a transition from
one family ownership to three families, we appreciate the challenges faced by today’s
business owner and are excited to pass on our knowledge to our clients. Thank-you to CAFE
for supporting and encouraging family business in Canada.  We also thank our team for
the incredible work that they do in helping us serve our clients.”
Stuart Sutton, partner, Sutton Financial Group

Congratulations to our 2016 CAFE FEYA National Finalists...

(L to R: Rory,  Dave, Keely, Fabien, Andrea, Liam, missing is Alyssa)

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm. Pure. It’s a simple statement but truly inclusive by nature and behaviour. The farm is all about purity. Pure living. Pure experience. Pure enjoyment. Our offerings provide customers with a true sense of calm and serenity.

Whether it’s a stroll through our gardens, sitting at our aromatherapy counter, engaging with staff or opening one of our mail order boxes, it’s all about an earthly experience. It’s the heightened sense that the ground under your feet, the tea in your cup or the toners on your face are rooted in nature. Handmade, not processed. Tended passionately to evoke calm and to heal mind, body and spirit.

We offer a cultural experience that is relaxing for the body and the mind. To help our customers, our staff and our family find balance in their lives. Our goal at Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is to become a sought out agricultural destination known for producing top quality herbs, plants and products and selling them in a manner that exceeds our customer expectations.

It’s about getting back to what really matters in life. It’s about simplification and decluttering your life and your mind and refilling it back with a refined sense of purity, peace and harmony. We are mindful of a deep connection to tradition and a simpler time. It’s about remembering and appreciating the lives, arts and craftsmanship most have forgotten.

(L to R: Trevor Hennigar, Jillian Hennigar, Jocelyne MacDonald,
Jordan MacDonald, Pam MacDonald, Ken MacDonald, Drew MacDonald)

Fisher Transport was founded by Curtis and Velma Fisher in Brookfield, Nova Scotia in 1962 who started the business operating one single axle flat deck truck picking up milk and cream cans and delivering to a local dairy. The business eventually expanded to the collection and transport of raw milk from local farms and the delivery of potable drinking water to local residential customers.

In 1992 Ken and Pam MacDonald purchased the business from the Fishers which at that time consisted of 6 tank mounted straight trucks, 8 employees and revenues that were comprised of 90% milk and 10% water. Over the next decade Ken expanded the bulk liquid tanker operation to service the four Atlantic Provinces, Quebec and Ontario. In 2011, Ken and Pam hired their son Jordan as General Manager and two years later hired their son Drew as Director of Operations to help manage and grow the business. Jordan has been instrumental in establishing industry best practices with a commitment to maintaining an exemplary safety record and assisting with the expansion of the business which now services customers across Canada and in the Central, Southern and Eastern US, hauling a wide range of bulk liquid products that include sanitary, non-sanitary and dangerous goods. Fisher Transport now has a total of 64 units made up of 27 power units and 37 trailers owned and under management with over 40 employees. Most of this growth has occurred in recent years having experienced a doubling of revenues and a 12-fold increase in profitability since 2012.

Fisher Transport is a proud Nova Scotia family business that attributes their success to the continual improvement of our operations, services and commitment to safety and to open communication between and among family members.

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Overview & Forms

Established in 1986, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) is given annually by CAFE 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 the National FEYA Recipient is featured at a gala dinner during which they deliver a presentation about the history and success of their business family, followed by a presentation to the recipient . Prior recipients of this prestigious award include both larger companies such as E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd. and Rogers Communications and smaller companies such as Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company and the Saskatoon Funeral Home. To nominate a worthy business family in your area please complete the FEYA Nomination or contact your local Chapter. If you are a business family considering applying, please review, complete and submit the following application to your local Chapter, FEYA Application.

Past National FEYA Recipients

2016 - Sutton Financial Group
2015 - Morley Hoppner
2014 - Capital Iron
2013 - Archway Insurance
2012 - The Halifax Seed Company
2011 - Saskatoon Funeral Home 
2010 - Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company 
2009 - The Bragg Group of Companies
2008 - O’Regan’s Automotive 
2006 - Dollco Printing  
2004 - Samuel Son & Co. Limited 
2002 - Cardinal Meat Specialists 
1999 - Sifton Properties Ltd. 
1997 - The BC Bearing Group
1996 - Byland Nurseries
1995 - The Price Family Group
1994 - St. Joseph Printing
1993 - H.J. Langen & Sons
1992 - Duha Colour Services
1991 - St. Hubert Bar-B-Q
1990 - Rogers Communications Inc.
1989 - The Pioneer Group
1988 - Tilden Rent-A-Car
1987 - The Bentall Group
1986 - E.D. Smith & Sons Ltd.