Family Business Awards

The FBA Awards of Excellence will take place on May 2, 2024 at Brightwood Golf & Country Club.

For over 25 years, Family Business Association – Atlantic has been helping multi-generational family businesses
succeed by bringing them together to share knowledge, experience, and peer support.

During our 15 years of annual awards events, we have recognized, celebrated, and promoted the achievements and considerable contributions made by Atlantic Canadian family businesses and young entrepreneurs to our regional economy.

The 2024 Awards of Excellence Luncheon Celebrates

Member Successes in Health, Hospitality and Service

This year’s Family Business Atlantic’s Awards of Excellence Luncheon takes place on May 2, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Brightwood Golf & Country Club in Dartmouth, NS.

Family Business Atlantic is honoured to share the family business stories of John Campbell from Sou’Wester Gift & Restaurant Company, Chris Gourley of Summit Vehicle Storage and Rebekah Streeter of VODA Retreats.

While each family business has a diverse and different history, all have the connection and support of family in common. Join us for this annual celebration that profiles the many contributions family enterprises deliver each day to our regional economy.

The luncheon includes a reception followed by a buffet lunch.


Interested in supporting our Family Business Awards event by becoming a sponsor? Find out more about our sponsorship program by emailing us at info@familybusinessatlantic.cor download our Sponsorship Packages: Presenting, Supporting & Participating.

Many thanks to our Participating Sponsor:

John Campbell, Owner of Sou’Wester Gift & Restaurant Company 

For those who have lived in, and visited Nova Scotia, the Sou’Wester Gift & Restaurant Co. is a landmark and well known to many. It opened in 1967 as a small five table tearoom at the side of a house at its present location. It has been expanded over the last five decades to a 180-seat restaurant offering traditional Maritime and seafood dishes, and a two-level gift shop with one of the Maritimes largest selections of giftware. Today, more than 50 years later, the Sou’Wester is still run by the family of its founder, Jack Campbell. 

Chris Gourley, Owner of Summit Vehicle Storage

Chris Gourley is honoured to have grown up in a family business and is excited to take his company, Summit Vehicle Storage, to the next level. Nestled in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Summit Vehicle Storage was conceived in 2005 from a collective passion of adventure and the affection for his family farmland. Christopher Gourley saw the potential for business development that connects Nova Scotia to the rest of the world. Summit Vehicle Storage was born from a simple concept and evolved from grand ideas into what it is today. With a focus on providing exceptional customer service, the goal was, and still remains, to provide clients with customized vehicle storage options, while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism. Whether you’re an auto collector, seasoned camper or first time vehicle owner, Chris and staff are honoured to take care of you and your investment.


Rebekah Streeter, Owner of VODA Retreats

Rebekah Streeter is no stranger to a family business having worked with her parents in their childcare operations. She began Voda Retreats to help clients reach their ideal state of physical and emotional health to achieve their best selves and to thrive, not just survive! Voda Retreats shows that even the smallest acts of self-care can make a difference in your life. Their product lines can be purchased on line and are available through a number of other locations. Rebekah is delighted to provide another way for people to care and pamper for themselves anywhere and anytime. Whether you are at work, at home, on vacation or travelling – Voda Retreats are accessible and contribute to a more healthy and mindful state of being.

Check out photos from our 2023 Women In Wine Event here!

Past Award Winners

2023 – Ashley & Devon McConnell-Gordon, Benjamin Bridge, Beatrice Stutz, Domaine de Grand Pre, Geena Luckett, Luckett Vineyards

2022 – Dr. Margaret Humphreys, Watermark Consulting, East Coast Laundry and Lighthouse Transportation

2021 – Stephanie Clark and Jennifer Montgomery, Blue Door Group, The Italian Market, James F Lahey Glass

2020 – Dr. Robert Blunden, Blunden Construction Limited, Nevell Provo, Smooth Meal Prep, Aileen Reid, A.P. Reid

2019 – Beachcoast Earrings, Giffin Technologies, MacArthurs Quality Flowers and Plants

2018 – Northeastern Protection Services, Minuteman Press & Thian Carman

2017 – Stanhope Simpson

2016 – Fisher Transport Inc.

2015 – Cresco

2014 – Rideout Tools Inc.

2013 – Archway Insurance

2012 – Halifax Seed Company

2011 – J & T von Zutphen Construction Inc.

2010 – Polly Cello Ltd.

2009 – The Bragg Group of Companies

2008 – O’Regan’s

Special thanks to John Abbass of Econo Color for being our exclusive Association Photographer.
Most event photos are credited to Mr. Abbass.

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