The Board of Directors is comprised of key individuals with expertise in a variety of industries and experience in the Saskatchewan business environment.
- 3s Health – Chairman
- 3s Health Board of Trustees Benefits – Trustee
- Golden Opportunities Fund – Chairman
- Canadian Automobile Association – Chairman
- Xperigo – Board Member
- Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board – Member
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 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 Chair of the Canadian Special Crops Association, Economic Development Regina, Protein Industries Canada, Plant Based Foods of 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 $625 million 9 bank syndication from AGT and led the issuance of $200 million in unsecured notes for AGT. Murad’s awards include the Globe and Mail CEO Innovator of the Year in 2020, Canadian Western Agribition’s List of the 50 Most Influential People in Agriculture, the 2021 Business Leader of the Year by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a U of R Honorary Degree, 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honoree, 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”.
HONOURABLE WILLIAM (BILL) MCKNIGHT (1940 – 2019)
The Board of Directors wishes to recognize the late Honourable William McKnight, who in 1998 was a Founding Director of the Fund and long-standing Chair. He was not only instrumental to the success of the first Provincial Retail Venture Capital (RVC) Fund in Saskatchewan but represented the Province in his capacity as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa, holding numerous cabinet positions. As the former Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner, he was a tremendous influence, closing the divide between First Nations and non-First Nations people for a better Province. Mr. McKnight was instrumental in the creation of the Saskatchewan Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement and was also named Honorary Chief of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. To acknowledge Mr. McKnight’s dedication to our Province, and, specifically, his contribution to the Fund, on behalf of the Board it is our privilege to bestow the title of Director Emeritus to the late Honourable William McKnight.