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Canada's Agriculture Day

Murad Al-Katib

President and CEO, AGT Foods
Chairman, Arctic Gateway Group

Murad Al-Katib, President, CEO and Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. An international agri-food, strategic business and financial thinker, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start-up into a global billion-dollar value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredient company. Murad also serves as Chairman of the Arctic Gateway Group, a historic partnership with Northern Manitoba Indigenous communities to operate the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill.

Murad has a varied experience in board roles including appointments to the Industry Strategy Council of the Government of Canada in 2020, Chair of the SME Advisory Board for Canada’s Trade Minister, Chair of the Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and as Board Chair of Economic Development Regina. Other board appointments include the Canadian Special Crops Association, Pulse Canada, Protein Industries Canada and a number of Canadian Government advisory boards and committees.

Murad is a passionate advocate of Canadian agriculture speaking extensively on the opportunities and challenges facing the Canada’s agriculture sector. Murad is also passionate about entrepreneurs, championing compassionate entrepreneurism and working to expand female, youth and First Nations participation in business startups, advocating the role of entrepreneurs in driving social change and innovation in the new global economy.

Murad’s awards include 2020 Globe and Mail “Innovator CEO of the Year”, the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a University of Regina Honorary Degree, the 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honouree, 2017 EY “World Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2016 UN Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate”, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” and the Western Producer “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.