Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of Saskatchewan-based AGT Food and Ingredients, was named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 at an awards ceremony held in Monaco's Salle des Etoiles on June 10, 2017. Murad was selected from among the 59 country winners from 49 countries vying for the title.
Murad started AGT Food and Ingredients in 2003 and it has since grown into the world's largest vertically integrated supply chain for lentils, chickpeas and peas. The business went public in 2007 and has revenues of US$1.49 billion, with more than 2,000 employees on five continents. AGT Food and Ingredients has been growing revenue sustainably by an average of more than US$100 million each year for the past five years. The company exports approximately 23% of the world trade in lentils to more than 120 countries around the globe.
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
Congratulations to Murad Al-Katib on this well-deserved recognition!