ABFI Signature Event 2022


Celebrating our 18th Annual Signature Event. A must-attend Alberta business gala dinner, this annual event featuring over 600 people combined in Edmonton and Calgary, is an opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of some of Canada's most successful businesses and the families who own them. The Signature Event is ABFI's annual celebration of the history and success of outstanding multi-generational business families.

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. And of course it acts as a fundraiser to help ABFI grow, develop and provide educational opportunities to ensure family-run businesses and enterprises have a solid future.

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.

Signature 2022 Video Playlist

The Alberta Business Family Institute proudly presents the Hay Family of Scandinavian Building Services for our 18th annual Signature 2022 Event. Sneak a peak as this family shares and discusses the successes and challenges of their transition and their unique business before our event in October 2022. More videos are coming and will be added to the playlist below- subscribe to our newsletter & follow us on YouTube to make sure you don't miss out.

Come and Meet the Family

Note that we postponed this event to the Fall - Signature 2022 will be delivered in an all NEW format. Join us in a moderated conversation with one of the founders, Wilda Hay, and second-generation participants Russell Hay, Melanie Brooks and Candace Elford as we discuss the successes and challenges of their transition. As one past attendee indicated, "it doesn't feel like a fundraiser, it feels like an educational opportunity." Everyone will learn from hearing the Hay family story.

Save the Date(s) - October 12 & 13, 2022

This year marks our 18th Annual Signature Event and we will be celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the Hay Family of Scandinavian Building Services.

October 12, 2022: The Westin Edmonton, 10135 100 Street NW
October 13, 2022: The Westin Calgary, 320 4 Avenue 

The reception begins at 5:00pm, followed by the program at 6:00pm.

Ticket price $275 each or table of eight for $2200.
Membership with the Alberta Business Family Institute has its rewards...receive a 10% discount.



Past Signature Events

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