Edwards Alumni Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Saskatchewan-based businessman, Murad Al-Katib, CEO of AGT Foods has been named Canada's 'Entrepreneur of the Year'.

by Natasha Katchuk

Edwards Alumni Wins 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year AwardMurad Al-Katib (B.Comm. 1994) represented the Prairie region, competing against top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions for the national honour sponsored by EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

In 2001, Al-Katib founded a small start-up company called Saskcan Pulse Trading. It was a one-man operation headquartered in his basement and provided the nucleus for AGT. In 2007 he took the company public and has become a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods, and ingredients. Today AGT is the largest lentil and pea splitting company in the world selling to over 120 countries with revenues exceeding $1.7 billion in 2015 and with 40 manufacturing facilities on 5 continents.

Though he is no longer a student, Al-Katib still maintains close ties to his alma mater. Most recently, he was back on campus speaking to business students in a Leadership Speaker Series at the Edwards School of Business. The series is part of Al-Katib’s role as the 2016-17 “Grandey Leadership Honouree" which highlights his significant accomplishments as a leader in the business community.

“Murad has proven himself to be a strong financial and strategic business thinker,” said Dr. Keith Willoughby, interim dean of Edwards School of Business. “We congratulate him and look forward to his continued success.”

Al-Katib moves on to the international competition in June of 2017 in Monaco.

For more information on AGT Foods please visit http://www.agtfoods.com.

Photo provided by EY Canada from the Prairie Awards.


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