Akhurst FEYA 2020. Respect and passion for what we do.

OAKVILLE, ON – April 21, 2021 – Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) is proud to announce that Akhurst Machinery Limited is the recipient of our 2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA). This honour was celebrated virtually at the Canadian Family Enterprise Forum on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Family Enterprise Xchange congratulates Akhurst Machinery Limited, a fourth-generation family-owned business that continues to exemplify strong values, success, excellent customer service while “building trust, creating together.” With five offices across Canada, they have steadily grown into one of Canada’s leading distributors of high-quality industrial equipment to the secondary woodworking, structural steel, sheet metal, and machine tool industries. By putting family at the forefront of their work, they have earned many satisfied customers and loyal employees throughout their 82 years (and counting) of operations.

“On behalf of Family Enterprise Xchange, I would like to congratulate our 2020 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award winners, the Akhurst Family and Akhurst Machinery Limited. I firmly believe that family businesses, including our FEYA finalists, will be leading the way in our economic recovery in Canada.” Bill Brushett, President & CEO, Family Enterprise Xchange. “Thank you so much for this huge honour.” Ryan Akhurst, Co-owner/Vice President of Akhurst Machinery.

Akhurst Machinery remains a family-operated company, owned by family members Graham Akhurst, Ryan Akhurst, and Brent Akhurst. To this day, they work towards achieving business goals that are aligned with their values as a family business. Building trust, Creating together.

About the Family Enterprise of the Year Award.

The Family Enterprise of Year Award (FEYA) was established in 1986 to celebrate and promote the achievements of Canadian business families and the considerable contribution they make to the economic and social fabric of both their local communities and Canada as a whole.  Each year, business families across Canada are nominated and recognized at regional FEYA celebrations. Each regional recipient is then considered for the National FEX Family Enterprise of the Year Award chosen by a volunteer selection committee and presented at the National FEYA celebration.

FEYA is unique among business awards in Canada, as it does not only focus on traditional business metrics. Instead, the selection committee also looks at how well the family enterprise integrates best practices that benefit the business, the family and their communities. Having demonstrated significant capabilities in these regards, FEYA recipients are examples of excellence and are integral to Canada’s economic future.

Our business is made of people.

Akhurst employees are all part of a family business that respects individual contributions and values. We provide opportunities for personal and career growth and reward employee performance. Our employees bring commitment and accountability, doing what’s right for our customers and our company, knowing they will share in our mutual success.

Akhurst Machinery Limited was founded by William (W.A.) Akhurst, in 1938, and to this day, the company remains family-owned and is now in its 4th generation. Over the years, Akhurst has established itself as a leading distributor of high-quality industrial equipment to the secondary woodworking, structural steel, sheet metal, & machine tool industries. We are very proud of our past, and we thank our valued customers and suppliers for their continued support and loyalty.

Akhurst Machinery. Building trust. Creating together.