ABFI Signature Event


Celebrating our 19th Annual Signature Event. A must-attend Alberta business gala dinner, the Signature Event is ABFI’s annual celebration of the history and success of outstanding multi-generational business families. With an attendance of over 600 people combined in Edmonton and Calgary, it is an opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of some of Canada’s most successful businesses and the families who own them.

Featuring an intimate discussion with a prominent business family, this event showcases real life examples and the history and lessons learned from some of Canada’s leading business families. It provides a unique opportunity for the business family community to learn, socialize, and celebrate success with business family luminaries. It’s also an important fundraiser that helps ABFI grow, develop, and provide educational opportunities to ensure family-run businesses and enterprises have a solid future.


The RAYNER family story & history

The VETS Group began its development in 1921 when the company’s founder, World War I Veteran Fred Rayner, began installing his own patented gravity furnaces in post-war bungalows around Edmonton. Today, the company is led by 4th generation President, Sean Rayner, and has become a progressive group of mechanical, sheet metal, and service divisions that are leaders in both industrial and residential HVAC systems fabrication, installation, repair, and maintenance.

VETS Sheet Metal services the Western Canadian industrial HVAC market from offices in Edmonton, AB and Burnaby, BC. A team of over 130 tradespeople and engineers complete complex work in the wood fibre, oil and gas, power generation, mining, institutional and water treatment industries from Vancouver Island to the Yukon, and as far east as Manitoba. VETS Facility Services offers proactive maintenance for building owners, property managers, and multi-unit residential throughout central Alberta.

In addition to its emphasis on quality and integrity, the company upholds a focus on community as part of its core values.To celebrate their centennial in 2021, the VETS leaders launched an ESOP (Employee Share Ownership Plan) as an innovative succession and transition plan. Their broader community outreach efforts also include supporting local associations and charities, like Valour Place and Little Warriors.

For over a century, the Rayner Family has guided VETS to become a recognized leader in Canadian family businesses, while always maintaining the “get-it-done attitude” that Fred Rayner exemplified.

“This company has seen a world war, countless cycles of boom and bust and now a pandemic. There is a theory that only .5% of businesses survive to celebrate their centennial anniversary and I’m not sure how many of those, especially in Canada, are family-owned.”

— 4th generation President Sean Rayner.



Full Table (10 Seats): $3000
Single Ticket: $325
Attire is business formal


Tuesday, October 3, 2023
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Calgary
700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, AB

Single Ticket Calgary

Full Tables Calgary


Wednesday, October 4, 2023
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB

Single Ticket Edmonton

Full Tables Edmonton


Contribute to the future growth and success of the business family community by sponsoring a University of Alberta School of Business MBA student and purchasing their ticket to attend Signature Event 2023 in Edmonton so they can join in the unique learning and networking experience. 

You can sponsor one or more student seats.

Student Ticket Sponsorship



Coming soon

To sponsor 2023 please contact us



Signature 2022 | The Hay family story and history

Scandinavian Building Services was established in 1956 as a small janitorial company in Edmonton, Alberta. It has been owned and operated by the Hay family since 1982. They have established a significant presence across Canada, earning a "spotless reputation" and serving a growing list of clients including Canada's largest retail and commercial companies, fitness facilities, iconic sports complexes, shopping malls, and more.

This extraordinary family is recognized as a leader in family business as they continue to be inspired by their late founder, leader and CEO Terry Hay (1952-2018). They have a business that embraces two generations and spans 30 years of service. Their high standards–and total commitment to providing the best client service in the business–permeate the entire organization. 

Another Look at Signature 2022

The Alberta Business Family Institute was proud to celebrate the Hay Family of Scandinavian Building Services for our 18th annual Signature 2022 Event on October 12 and 13. This commemorative video revisits the celebration of the Hays and their generation-spanning business.

Signature 2022 Video Insights

In this series of videos, capturing the insights and activities of the family before, during, and after our October event, the Hays share and discuss the successes and challenges of their unique business and its transition. Subscribe to our newsletter & follow us on YouTube to make sure you don't miss out on more stories like this.

Congratulations and Thank You

Signature Event 2022 was a success, thanks in no small part to the gracious support and assistance of ABFI’s board, our Signature Event Sponsors, the members of the family business community that attended the event, and the Hay family itself.

Past Signature Events

Signature Family 2023 Nominations

Nominations for Signature Family 2023 are now closed.

Help ABFI celebrate the history and success of outstanding multi-generational business families by participating in the nomination and selection process.

Signature Family Nominations

2022 Sponsors

Annual Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) Award

Handed out annually, this award is given to an Alberta-based Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) designate who has exemplified outstanding skill in advising business families through multi-generational transitions and has demonstrated unfaltering commitment to the key ABFI value of "family first".

Family Enterprise Advisor Awards