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Business Leaders Inducted Into "Hall of Fame"

Manitoba leaders recognized as best in business.

Greg Leipsic faces a challenge each and every year as he and the eight-person Junior Achievement (JA) Manitoba Business Hall of Fame selection committee sit down to mull over the nominations of extremely qualified, potential inductees.

This year was certainly no different, as JA Manitoba proudly unveiled their five new 2016 Manitoba Business Hall of Fame inductees.

“Every candidate that is nominated and presented to our selection committee has had a remarkable impact on Manitoba and are widely respected for their integrity, business acumen and community contribution,” says Leipsic, President & CEO, Junior Achievement Manitoba.

Honoured on the stage this year will be noted business leaders who have made their names in Manitoba:

  • Herb Buller – Former Chairman, Norcraft Canada and Former CEO, Kitchen Craft Canada
  • Bruce Campbell Founder of The Landmark Group Inc.
  • Gord Peters President & Founder, Cando Rail Services
  • David & Katherine Friesen  Founders of Qualico Homes

“The Manitoba Business Hall of Fame celebrates the cumulative work of individuals who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the economic prosperity of Manitoba through their business endeavours," noted Leipsic. "The Hall of Fame Gala will bring attention to and illuminate their story and help us understand what makes a great business leader.”

The Gala is the single largest fundraising event of the year for JA Manitoba. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.

In Manitoba, programs delivered by local volunteers give students from more than 150 schools in grades 3 to 12 the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

According to Leipsic, this year’s inductee class once again shines a bright light on the outstanding business leaders that have called Manitoba home; each one a role model that any aspiring young entrepreneur can look up to. Every one of the inductees took a great idea and worked very hard to make it prosper.

“Herb Buller started Kitchen Craft Canada, and is also the co-founder of Midland Concrete Products and Norcraft Canada—also a kitchen cabinet company,” said Leipsic.

“Based on his farming roots near Brandon, Bruce Campbell built the Landmark Group into one of Western Canadas largest agribusiness companies.

"Gord Peters took two employees, a backhoe and a front end loader in Tilston, Manitoba and, over time, grew Cando Contracting into a multimillion-dollar rail service company.

"And of course, everyone in Western Canada is aware of Qualico Homes, which was founded by the late husband-and-wife team of David and Katherine Friesen. As a group, these inductees are very impressive.”

So what makes a Manitoba Business Hall of Fame inductee? There are several criteria that each candidate must demonstrate to be considered. Firstly, they must have an entrepreneurial spirit. As a leader in their organization, they must then have made outstanding contributions to help that business be successful. And as a strong leader, they must have become a role model for other business professionals to learn from and look up to in the community.

Celebrating its fourth year, the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony will take place on June 1 at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg.

Tickets are available by contacting Greg at or 204-956-6082. Get full details via the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame site.

Duncan Morrison

Duncan is a Winnipeg-based writer and communications consultant that specializes in freelance writing, strategic communications and marketing plans for clients from a wide range of organizations and businesses. His work has been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.

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