Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI)

Past Signature Events

Signature 2018 - Celebrating the Rosenau Family of Rosenau Transport Ltd.

Signature 2017 - Celebrating the Gupta Family of Rohit Group of Companies

Gupta Family of Rohit Group of Companies

Rooted in family values and entrepreneurial spirit, Rohit Group of Companies was founded in 1986 by Radhe Gupta. Together with his wife Krishna, Radhe grew the company from a small home builder to a diversified organization with an innovative approach to business. Today, with son Rohit at the helm, the company has operations in home building, residential and land development, commercial assets, and real estate lending across Western Canada.


Signature 2016 - Celebrating the Forseth/Bacon Family of Swimco

Signature Event 2015 - Celebrating the Price Family of SUNTERRA

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Signature Event 2015


Signature Event 2014 - Celebrating the Hutchinson Family, of Daytona Homes

Zero to 100 in 20 years!

The Hutchinson Family share their perspective from humble beginnings to family business success and succession. Passionately keeping the family together and interested by working hard, playing hard, and building relationships. The family flagship, Daytona Homes, is a prominent residential homebuilder and land developer with operations in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Regina and Saskatoon.

The family’s second corporate group, Hutchinson Acquisitions Corp., applies a disciplined entrepreneurial approach and win-win partnerships to real estate, housing operations, and acquisition assets including the largest fleet of concrete pumps in western Canada.


Signature Event 2013 - Celebrating the Mullen Family of the Mullen Group!

In spite of some severe winter weather, over 250 people joined us in Calgary and Edmonton to celebrate our 2013 Signature Event family. We were honoured to host the Mullen Family of the Mullen Group, for our 11th Signature Event on November 20th in Calgary and November 21st in Edmonton.  Murray Mullen, 2nd Generation, Chairman and CEO of Mullen Group Ltd.brought us the history of their family business Mullen Transportation and the evolution of growth into The Mullen Group a publicly traded company. This evening gave event attendees an intimate look into their business and we were even honoured with a special appearance of Roland Mullen, who founded the company in 1949.

At the Alberta Business Family Institute, we believe that business families are the heart and soul of our province. Family owned enterprises employ our family members, friends, and neighbours; they support our communities and contribute a great deal to the growth of our economy. Through our Signature Events, we are proud to celebrate the efforts and successes of entrepreneurs and the family members who continue their legacy.

A Special Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers, as well as those involved behind the scenes which made these nights so unforgettable. And finally, thank you to all of you who joined us in honouring the Mullen Family. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

2012 Celebrating our 10th Signature Anniversary with the Richardson Family!

Last year was a great success as we celebrated our 10th Signature event. We were proud to honour the Richardson Family, who was celebrating their 155th year of operation. Theirs is a unique family with a rich history; because of the strength of the family itself, their organization has become a leader in businesses spanning the international grain trade and agri-foods, oil and gas development, real estate, financial services, and investments.

The evening took place on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary and Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton.

Above (left to right): Aidan Richardson; Hartley Richardson; Carolyn (Richardson) Hursh; Larry Hursh

Above: Grant Lovig (Chair, ABFI) showcases the statue uniquely sculpted for this event by Boris Kramer, a second generation blacksmith.

Above (left to right): Grant Lovig; Dennis Erker; Aidan Richardson; Hartley Richardson; Carolyn (Richardson) Hursh; Larry Hursh; Bunny Ferguson; Shauna Feth (Executive Director, ABFI); Kevin Zimmel

2011 - Celebrating the Stanton Family

In 2011 we featured the Stanton Family. John Stanton founded The Running Room in 1984, and since 2004 John and his sons, John Stanton Jr. and Jason Stanton, have been partners in this family owned success story.

2010 - Celebrating the Brewster Family

In 2010 we featured the Brewster Family. A sixth-generation business family, the Brewsters pioneered tourism in the Canadian Rockies, taking care of visitors at their guest ranch, mountain lodge or outfitting companies for over 100 years.

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