President and Chief Executive Officer of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.
Chairman, Arctic Gateway Group
Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., is the guiding vision in all aspects of the business, also serving on the Board of Directors. A strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities, he completed his MBA and then worked in trade promotion for the Saskatchewan government.
In 2001, Mr. Al-Katib founded Saskcan Pulse Trading, providing the nucleus for AGT, growing the company into a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and pulse ingredients for markets around the globe and building a Canadian start-up into a global billion dollar company.
Mr. Al-Katib serves as Chair of the Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable as well as on the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and is the current Chair of Economic Development Regina. He has served on the Boards for the Canadian Special Crops Association, Pulse Canada, as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Small and Medium Enterprise for the Canadian Minister of International Trade and as a panel member for the Government of Canada’s renewal of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy and the Advisory Committee for the Review of the Canada Transportation Act for the Minister of Transport.
Mr. Al-Katib has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, an Honorary Degree from the University of Regina and an Honorary Diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizing his work as a humanitarian and entrepreneur, the 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Foundation Honouree, the 2017 Ernst and Young “World Entrepreneur of the Year” Award after being named 2016 Ernst and Young “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Prairie Entrepreneur of the Year”, the 2016 United Nations Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate” Award, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, the Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” as well as the Western Producer’s list of “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.