ABFI Signature Family Nominations


The Signature Event is ABFI's prestigious annual gala dinner for Alberta businesses. With hundreds of representatives of the business community in attendance, it's an opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of some of Canada's most respected and storied businesses, and the families who own them.

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


  • Family-owned business (private or public companies, organizations, or holdings)
  • Based in Canada and operating in Alberta
  • Employs multiple family members and is or will be multi-generational
  • Demonstrates the core values and principles of the Alberta Business Family Institute
  • Possesses a compelling story, featuring a major challenge or recent success.


  • Nominated by peers or self-nominated
  • Fill out the Nomination Form (Online Form or PDF Form)
  • All nominations must be submitted via the Online Nomination Form or submit the PDF Nomination Form by email to abfi@ualberta.ca, no later than 11:59 PM MST, January 31, 2023

 Nomination Form (Online)

 Nomination Form (PDF)

2022 Signature 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 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.

PAST Signature FamilIES

2019: The Koeller Family of Calvert Home Mortgage Investment Corporation
2018: The Rosenau Family of Rosenau Transport Ltd.
2017: the Gupta Family of Rohit Group of Companies
2016: The Forseth/Bacon Family of Swimco
2015: The Price Family of Sunterra
2014: The Hutchinson Family of Daytona Homes
2013: The Mullen Family of the Mullen Group
2012: The Richardson Family of Richardson Wealth
2011: The Stanton Family of the Running Room
2010: The Brewster Family of Brewsters Adventures and Sightseeing Tours
2009: The Fuller Family of Earls, Joey Restaurant, Saltlik Steakhouse
2008: The Martin Family of Horizon Capital Holdings and Canada Steamship Lines
2007: The Asper Family of CanWest Global Communications Corp.
2006: The Shaw Family of Shaw Communications Inc.
2005: The Melton Family of Melcor Development Limited
2004: The Ganong Family of Ganong Bros. Limited
2003: The Richardson Family of James Richardson & Sons Limited


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