2020 B.C. Family Enterprise of the Year Award Celebration
September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
For the first time, we are hosting the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) celebrations virtually! We invite you to join us as we honour and celebrate the family enterprise community. This year, tune in online to hear from, be inspired by and learn first-hand from a resilient family business about their unique journeys and why Family Enterprise is more important than ever today, both within your community and beyond.
Established in 1986, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) is given annually by the Family Enterprise Xchange (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.
Help support family business in Canada – reserve a virtual seat today!
Thursday, September 24, 2020
4:00 - 5:30PM PDT
Zoom - from the comfort of you home
Please Note: FEAs who attend this session will earn 1.5 continuing education credit 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.
B.C. FEYA Recipient
Akhurst Machinery Limited
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.