Keynote Speaker



Murad Al-Katib – President and Chief Executive Officer
AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.

Murad Al-Katib, is the President and CEO and a Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. Murad completed his Masters from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, before working in international trade promotion for the Government of Saskatchewan. In 2001, he founded Saskcan Pulse Trading, providing the nucleus for AGT and growing the company to a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredients with revenues exceeding $1.9 billion in 2016, customers in over 120 countries and with over 45 manufacturing facilities on 5 continents.

Murad 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. Currently, Murad serves on the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) and is the current Chair of Economic Development Regina.

Murad has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including 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” and adding to an EY 2004 “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. Murad has also received the 2016 United Nations Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate” Award and Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by the Globe and Mail in 2005. In 2012, Murad was included in PROFITGuide Magazine’s list of Canada’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” as well as the Western Producer, Canada’s leading agriculture newspaper, list of “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”. Murad has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, complementing his award of a Queen’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal given in 2006. Murad has also led AGT to many company awards including two Saskatchewan “Business of the Year ABEX” Awards and a 2014 Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership “Exporter of the Year” Award.

With his varied experience at AGT, Murad has proven himself to be a strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities.