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Brandt Chairman Gavin Semple named inaugural inductee to Saskatchewan Manufacturing Hall of Fame

Published by CME Staff on June 17, 2014

Brandt Group of Companies Chairman, Gavin Semple, has been selected as the inaugural inductee to the new Saskatchewan Manufacturing Hall of Fame — the industry’s highest individual honour in the province. The official induction took place during the opening ceremony of Canada’s Farm Progress Show, June 17.

Launched by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council (SMC) in conjunction with RBC Royal Bank and RCAP Leasing, the award recognizes world-class contributions in the areas of leadership, business excellence, and service to the community.

“There is no one person more deserving or more suited to be the first-ever inductee of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Hall of Fame,” says CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers. “Gavin truly embodies the Saskatchewan spirit — innovative, driven, and steadfastly dedicated to bettering the community. He has become an icon and role model for corporate citizenship in Canada.”

Semple joined Brandt in 1972 as an entry-level salesman. Four years later, after helping triple revenues, he accepted the role of president and general manager, assuming a 15 per cent ownership stake. Today, Brandt is a dynamic and diverse group of companies, employing more than 1,800 people nationwide. It has also earned the distinction of Saskatchewan’s largest privately held business, and is a platinum member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

“Since Gavin joined Brandt 42 years ago, the manufacturing industry in Saskatchewan has grown by well over 2,000 per cent — a rate roughly 100 times quicker than our population,” says Lynette Gillen, vice president of commercial financial services with RBC Royal Bank. “He has not only nurtured the growth of a company; he has significantly contributed to the development of an entire industry — one that is now at the heart of the provincial economy. RBC and RCAP sincerely congratulate and commend Gavin on his truly outstanding achievements.”

In 2013, Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sector employed roughly 28,400 people, accounted for $15.7 billion in annual sales and generated an estimated $49.5 billion in total economic activity

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