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Family Enterprise Canada names Kalesnikoff 2021 enterprise of the year

June 1, 2022  By Family Enterprise Canada

Family Enterprise Canada is proud to announce that Kalesnikoff is the recipient of our 2021 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA). This honour was celebrated in person at Symposium 2022 on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Family Enterprise Canada congratulates Kalesnikoff, a fourth-generation family-owned business that continues to be inspired by the forest and the endless possibilities of wood. In 1939, Koozma, Peter and Sam Kalesnikoff started a horse logging operation that would grow to become a specialized sawmill in Thrums, B.C. The brothers abide closely to the credo, “Take care of the land, and the land will take care of you.” This remains the company’s guiding principle to this day.

“On behalf of Family Enterprise Canada, I would like to congratulate our 2021 National Family Enterprise of the Year Award winner, Kalesnikoff. I am so proud of all our FEYA Finalists, and I am thrilled we can celebrate and honour them in person,” said Bill Brushett, president and CEO, Family Enterprise Canada.

Kalesnikoff remains a family-operated company, owned by family member Chris, the chief operating officer, and Ken’s daughter Krystle, the chief financial officer.


“Thank you so much for this accolade — it’s really amazing! My dad would be really proud,” said Ken Kalesnikoff, president of Kalesnikoff.

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