Murad Al-Katib

President, CEO and Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. An international agri-food commodity trading strategic business and financial thinker, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start-up into a global billion-dollar value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredient company.  Murad also serves as Chairman of the Arctic Gateway Group, a historic partnership with Indigenous communities in Northern Manitoba to operate the Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill.


Murad serves as one of ten advisors to the Government of Canada on the Industry Strategy Council, convened to advise the Government of Canada on the Post Covid 19 Industrial Strategy for the country. He is also Chair of the Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable. Other Board appointments include Economic Development Regina, Protein Industries Canada and Pulse Canada and a number of Canadian Government advisory boards and panels.

Murad has been a passionate advocate of entrepreneurs, championing compassionate entrepreneurism and working to expand female, youth and First Nations participation in business startups, advocating the role of entrepreneurs in driving social change and innovation in the new global economy.


Murad is a seasoned player in the Canadian capital markets including leading both the go public AGT transaction in 2007 and leading the capital markets strategy for the company to scale from $40 million in revenue to approximately $2 billion and led the privatization transaction in 2019 in a partnership with Fairfax Financial Holdings. Murad also actively organized a $525 million 9 bank syndication from AGT and led the issuance of $200 million in unsecured notes for AGT.


Murad’s awards include the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a U of R Honorary Degree, 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honouree, 2017 EY “World Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2016 UN Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate”, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” and the Western Producer “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.