Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI)

ABFI Signature Events

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 2020

 You’re Invited !!

The annual Signature event of the University of Alberta School of Business, Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI) has quickly become a must attend event for business families and their advisors in Alberta. This year marks our 18th Annual Signature Event and we will be celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the Hay Family of Scandinavian Building Services.

Come and Meet the Family

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 solid presence across Canada, earning a “spotless reputation” and serving a growing list of clients including Canada’s largest retail and commercial developers, head-offices of Fortune 500 companies, iconic sports facilities, shopping malls, and more.

This year, Signature 2020 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.

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.

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! Tickets will be available soon.


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