People: Alliance Grain Traders Inc (AGT.TO)
Mr. Murad Al-Katib is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Alliance Grain Traders Inc. Mr. Al-Katib founded Saskcan Pulse Trading Inc. (“Saskcan”) in 2001 with Mr. Arslan, and led its expansion as a processor and seller of pulses and specialty crops over the next six years as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). After the amalgamation of Saskcan and the Fund’s then operating company, Agtech Processors Inc. (“Agtech”), in August 2007, Mr. Al-Katib joined the board of trustees of the Fund, and assumed the role of President and CEO of the Fund’s new amalgamated operating company, Alliance. In January 2008 he was appointed Chairman of the board of trustees of the Fund and on the conversion of the Fund from an open-ended unit trust to a dividend-paying corporation (the “Conversion”), he was appointed President and CEO and a director of AGT. Mr. Al-Katib graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction in Finance and finished his Master of International Management with Distinction from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona. In 2005, he was elected to board of directors of the Canadian Special Crops Association (“CSCA”) and Pulse Canada, the national association for the pulses and specialty crops industry where he has served in various capacities and is currently the Chair of Pulse Canada. Murad also serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Small and Medium Enterprise for the Canadian Minister of International Trade. Most recently, Mr. Al-Katib was awarded a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal by Canada’s Governor General in 2012.
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