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May 19, 2011 09:00 ET

CAFE Canada 2011 Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award-Finalists Announced

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise has announced the National finalists of the CAFE Canada Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award for 2011. This award recognizes significant achievement made within a Canadian family-owned business and will be presented at the 2011 Gala being held at Terminal City Club, Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday May 26, 2011. The award is sponsored by Presenting Partner, BMO Harris Private Banking.

The Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award (FEYA®) was created to recognize the value and success of Family Businesses in the Canadian economy. It recognizes the significance of family businesses based on history, achievements, corporate image and organizational culture. The award was established in 1983 and is presented throughout CAFE Chapters across Canada.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors of CAFE Canada, I'd like to offer our sincere congratulations to this year's finalists for the national Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award. While the process will conclude with a single winner, Mother Parkers, Grouse Mountain, and Saskatoon Funeral Home each deserve and have earned our admiration for their accomplishments. Speaking of process, I'd also like to thank our volunteer selection committee and our staff across the country for making this award possible. Congratulations again to all of the finalists - see you in Vancouver," said Allen S. Taylor, CAFE Canada President.

"As the lead sponsor for the 2011 National FEYA Award, BMO Harris Private Banking is extremely proud of both the finalists and CAFE for recognizing the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of these successful Canadian family businesses. Congratulations to the 2011 finalists who have displayed passion, innovation and dedication to their family businesses and have contributed to growing their local economies," said Janine Guenther, Regional Vice President and Managing Director for BMO Harris Private Banking in British Columbia.

The Canadian finalists for the award are:

Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee Inc. – This veteran of the food and beverage industry was founded in 1912 and has loyally served their client base since inception. They are the 4th largest coffee roaster in North America. While maintaining full-time positions Co-CEOs Michael and Paul Higgins have continued to add jobs to the company. Over the years they have introduced patented products for several large chain grocery and fast food establishments and extend their community involvement to client foundations. Success is attributed to client focus and hands-on team management.

Grouse Mountain Resort – One Destination, Endless Experiences – Now in its 84th winter season, Grouse Mountain has welcomed the world and showcases everything that is uniquely British Colombian. The roots of the business were in ski and summer hiking but have expanded significantly since the family obtained full private ownership in 1989 and began the businesses transformation to an all-season resort. President & CEO, Stuart McLaughlin has set about applying the family vision for a truly unique, sustainable and remarkable property.

Saskatoon Funeral Home

Since 1910 the W.A. Edwards Family have owned and operated their family business. The current President and CEO, Bill Edwards believes that the success and longevity of their family business has been built on a strong foundation of four important corner stones. The company focuses on 1. Service Quality, always improving and innovating; 2. Commitment to belonging to the community; 3. A staff of dedicated and concerned people; and 4. Adherence to the basic core principles of fairness, honesty, integrity, trust, justice and compassion which define relationships with clients, suppliers, associates and each other.

About CAFE

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) is Canada's only national not-for-profit that celebrates and supports family business. Founded in 1983, it has grown to include 14 chapters from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. The organization facilitates peer interaction, allowing family business members to share experiences and learn from each other and as a result, is the voice of family business in Canada.

About BMO Harris Private Banking

BMO Harris Private Banking is a team of remarkably talented and passionate professionals with diverse expertise who are dedicated to creating a profound impact on the lives of their clients. Backed by the heritage, stability and resources of BMO Financial Group, professionals at BMO Harris Private Banking are responsible for the successful management of wealth by providing expert advice and highly personalized services in banking, investment management, estate, trust, succession planning and philanthropic services - all in a coordinated and confident approach. BMO Harris Private Banking challenges successful Canadian families to take action on what's important to drive exceptional outcomes and make the most of the opportunities wealth provides.

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