MURAD AL KATIB
“My love for community economic development is rooted in my small town upbringing. Growing up in Davidson, Saskatchewan, I learned that there was a world outside Canada and that Saskatchewan, with its resource-rich economy had what the world wanted.
Chuka Creek Business Park brings together the essential dynamics of a successful inland port. Road, rail, container and intermodal access is solidified by the commitment of CN Rail and AGT, as the anchor tenant. AGT Foods is one of the world’s largest agricultural container shippers. This vision of providing global connectivity for Saskatchewan businesses has been a driving and unifying motivation for our team.”
Murad is the president and CEO of Regina-based AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of pulses. AGT has 48 manufacturing facilities on five continents and more than 2,000 employees. In 2017, Murad was named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year. Murad has also been named a Global Citizen Laureate by the United Nations Association of Canada and has also received the Oslo Business for Peace Awards.
To learn more about AGT Foods click here: http://www.agtfoods.com
“What drew me into this project is the fact that this park represents such forward thinking. It is enterprising and bold. The connectivity it provides businesses is exceptional, the location, which has excellent frontage coupled with solid infrastructure and rail access, all within city limits, is good for business and good for the city of Regina. In addition to this the access to an employee base just minutes away and the quality of life that can be offered is a significant advantage for both employers and employees; that to me is significant.”
Gaetan Bourassa is COO at AGT Food and Ingredients, Inc. and is responsible for all merchandising, plant operations and marketing programs for AGT and its subsidiaries globally.
To connect with Gaetan on LinkedIn click here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gaetan-bourassa-9075b2121/
To learn more about AGT click here: http://www.agtfoods.com
“In my opinion this is a one of a kind opportunity. The ease of access to get your product to your market is huge for Saskatchewan businesses. Chuka Creek Business Park is not an overnight success story; it was six years in the making. We put a lot of time and effort into getting this right. Throughout the process we gained tremendous respect for each other and have built an opportunity that we believe is unequalled in the city. It was important to all of us to bring this kind of business within the city limits.”
Kerry Heid is President of Shermco Industries, formerly Magna Electric, an electrical engineering services provider. The company has been awarded the Saskatchewan Business of the Year award and voted among the top 50 Companies in Canada. Kerry has also been named to Saskatchewan Business Magazine’s list of “Saskatchewan’s Most Influential Men”.
To connect with Kerry on LinkedIn click here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerry-heid-37531549/
To learn more about Shermco Products click here: http://www.shermco.com
“This project represents to me so many diverse opportunities. First of all, the ownership group, we all come from such diverse backgrounds and were united by this common goal of creating something truly innovative to support growing businesses in Regina. The terminal served by CN intermodal alone will allow rail access on the east side of the city that we have simply never had before, allowing Regina to attract not only new business, but also support and provide ease of access to existing businesses who are looking to get their product to market efficiently and effectively.”
Mark is President of General Sandblasting and Painting, one of the premiere providers of protective coating services in the Saskatchewan Region.
To learn more about General Sandblasting and Painting you can find their website here: http://gsb.winexsoft.com/site/about
“Our business, Fries Tallman Lumber, has enjoyed a 61-year history in this city and I don’t take that lightly. We are dedicated to Saskatchewan and have a very strong interest in seeing the business community thrive in Regina, which makes this project very compelling for us. Logistically it is a natural hub with safe ease of access, which was something that is important to me. The fact that this project is 100% privately owned spoke to me as an entrepreneur and is a testament to the vision that, as owners, we have for our city.”
Kevin Stricker and his wife Joan own Fries Tallman Lumber, which is one of the oldest independently owned retail lumberyards in Saskatchewan.
To learn more about Kevin and Fries Tallman Lumber you can find their website here: http://friestallman.com/pages/about-us
“As the former City Manager for the City of Regina, I understand what needs to happen to pull together a sustainable new development. In my experience the foundation of truly innovative development is integrity, a commitment to community development, and collaborative thinking. This team and this project have all of these trademarks.
Chuka Creek Business Park represents the first major new industrial land development in the City of Regina, accessing the economic corridor created by the Regina Bypass and service road. Its immediate proximity to unparalleled rail and highway networks, the new CN intermodal site for container connection to the world, and the preferred southeast Regina residential community provide locational superlatives for investment and employee recruitment.”
Bob Linner is the sole proprietor of Bob Linner Independent Municipal Consultant and is the Project Manager for Chuka Creek Business Park.
To connect with Bob on LinkedIn in click here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-linner-9b756318/
To contact Bob about this project click here: [email protected]