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Manitoba executives, firms to receive awards

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters bestow honours

Paul Soubry

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Paul Soubry (MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRE)

Bob Silver

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Bob Silver

TWO Manitoba companies and three local business leaders, one posthumously, will receive this year's Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Awards.

The award recipients will be honoured at CME's gala dinner March 26.

The 2013 CME awards include two inductees into its Hall of Fame -- Bob Silver and Paul Soubry.

Bob Silver -- For more than 30 years, Silver has made an extraordinary contribution to the business and community sectors. He is the president and co-owner of Western Glove Works Ltd. and co-owner of the Warehouse One and Urban Barn retail chains. He's also a co-owner of the Winnipeg Free Press, the Brandon Sun, CanStar Weeklies and Derksen Printers in Steinbach. He has been active on several boards, including CentrePort Canada, the Business Council of Manitoba and the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund. He spearheaded redevelopment of the Millennium Library, has been a leader of the Grow Winnipeg initiative of the Jewish Federation and a past chairman of Destination Winnipeg and the United Way of Winnipeg. He is chancellor of the University of Winnipeg and co-chairman of We Day Winnipeg.

Paul Soubry -- Soubry joined New Flyer as president and CEO in 2009. Prior to New Flyer, he worked for 24 years with StandardAero leaving as president and CEO. He is on the board of directors of the Winnipeg Airports Authority, the Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business and the Winnipeg Jets/True North Sports and Entertainment. Soubry previously served on the board of directors of the Mondetta Clothing Co., Economic Development Winnipeg, Smartpark, Manitoba Innovation Council and St. Paul's High School.

The late Rob Stenson, co-founder, of Ag Growth Industries, is posthumously receiving the Pioneer Award. While earning his MBA at the University of Western Ontario, he became involved in Batco Manufacturing, a startup maker of agricultural equipment based in Swift Current, Sask. Stenson realized this segment of the agriculture industry was highly fragmented and he co-founded Ag Growth in 1996 as a vehicle to acquire complementary manufacturers. AGI started from one facility with revenue of $250,000 and has become a global leader in grain-handling, storage and conditioning equipment, with factories in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and 2010 revenue of $262 million.

HyLife Foods will receive the Export Award. HyLife began in 1995 and has grown to be the largest privately held hog-production company in Canada and 12th-largest in North America. HyLife, with 1,760 employees, has diversified from raising feeder pigs to finishing hogs for market and selling genetics on several different continents and today is processing 1.6 million hogs per year.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods will receive the Emerging Award. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods was established in 1998 after industrial hemp was legalized in Canada and an industry was born. With the vision to be the global leader in hemp food products, promoting health and wellness, and fostering positive change for community and the environment, it is the world's largest hemp manufacturer to grow, make and sell their our own line of hemp foods.

-- staff

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