Western Research Park

Fex Family Business Day Celebration


Join us in celebration of the Family Enterprise community! The Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) serves to honour the vital role business families play in our community. We recognize that all our regional businesses have the challenge of maintaining and enhancing their competitive positions, but our family businesses go further, concerning themselves with issues of stewardship, continuity, and community involvement.

Be inspired and engaged. Experience local business family stories, including that of our esteemed MC, David Simpson, Director, Business Families Centre, Ivey School of Business. Enjoy real connections and share the journey of Southwestern Ontario family enterprises.

Tickets: Member $75 pp + tax | Member Table (8 people per table – $60 per person) $480 + tax
Non-Members $120 pp + tax | Non-Member Table (8 people per table – $ 100 per person) $800 + tax

Register Before: February 4, 2019


Van Bree Enterprise and the Van Bree Family

With a vision to always be growing in a slow sustainable way with decisions always being about the 10-year plan not the 10 day one Van Bree Enterprises as been able to grow from a two-bulldozer operation in the late 1960’s into Lambton County’s leading supplier of sand & gravel products as well as the area’s leading farm and municipal drainage providers. Through maintaining their core values year over year of treat everyone as part of the Family, accounting for their high employee longevity. The Van Bree’s head into their 52 year in business, successfully having the third generation as part of the ownership team. The Van Bree’s feel the local community is also a key member of their family and through the donation of time, expertise and equipment they have been able to support local sports areas and expand the interest of the trades as a career.

Blue Jay Irrigation and the Lively Family 

36 year’s after Bruce Lively installed a “neat” new product, an irrigation system, in his parents’ yard, Blue Jay Irrigation keeps to the vision of expansion through satisfied customers and wold class service. With the recent death of Bruce, the Lively Family and staff have rallied together as the 3rd generation takes on the leadership role with a commitment to keep the “Blue Jay Chirp” of customers first, integrity, and persistence going strong into the future. Bruce has passed on his passion, knowledge and love for his customers onto the whole Blue Jay Family to carry forward. Understanding water is the #1 commodity and imperative for human survival, the Lively family believes strongly that environmental stewardship is important for them to partake and they are proud to be leading this movement in their industry, through system design and customer education.

Elgin Innovation Centre and the Baribeau Family 

With a vision to bring innovation, job-creation, economic growth and prosperity to Elgin County, the Elgin Innovation Center’s 1M square foot building and property was purchased by the Baribeau family and their partners to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. In the eight years since purchasing the property and creating the Center, the Baribeau Family, their partners and staff are pleased to say they played a major part in creating more than 400 jobs in Elgin County. The Baribeau family welcomes the second generation into the leadership team and will ensure the values of honesty, integrity, creativity and cooperation will continue to be the foundation of success in fulfilling the vision of EIC for the benefit of Elgin County and beyond.

Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 300 King Street London, ON N6B 1S2