Release Date: October 26, 2005
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Business Leadership Award goes to Brandt Group of Companies
The Brandt Group of Companies will be the first recipient of the URBusiness Leadership Award, presented by the University of Regina's Faculty of Business Administration at the 32nd Annual Business Student Dinner Nov. 28 at the Delta Regina/Saskatchewan Trade and Convention Centre...

The award, established by the Faculty as a Saskatchewan Centennial initiative, recognizes businesses and their leaders who have significantly influenced Canadian business in Saskatchewan and beyond.

"Brandt brings strength to Saskatchewan," said Garnet Garven, dean of the Faculty of Administration at the University. "They have local appeal, and it's encouraging to see that they are headquartered in Regina. We are pleased to present The Brandt Group of Companies with the faculty's first Business Leadership Award." 

Gavin Semple, president and CEO of Brandt Industries, will receive the award and deliver a keynote address following a special introduction and business overview by his son Shaun Semple, president of Brandt Tractor Ltd. 

For more than seven decades, Brandt Industries has been based in Saskatchewan with branches in Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario. Currently, Brandt is the largest privately held company in Saskatchewan.

The Brandt Group of Companies consists of five businesses headquartered in Regina: 
- Brandt Agricultural Products Ltd. manufactures agricultural equipment and markets these products through a dealer network in North America, Europe and Australia.
- Brandt Engineered Products Ltd. (ISO 9001-2000) manufactures custom engineered products and markets these products to steel mills, food processing companies and railways throughout North America.
- Brandt Equipment Inc. is the Jacobsen Golf, Turf and Specialty Products dealer for Saskatchewan.
- Brandt Tractor Ltd. consists of 21 John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealerships across Western Canada and a Ditch Witch dealership in Milton, Ontario. Brandt Tractor Ltd. is the largest privately held John Deere dealer in the world.
- Brandt Road Rail Corporation manufactures and markets the Brandt Power Unit, a road legal railcar mover, to railway customers throughout North America. 

Business dinner co-chairs Kristi Korbo and Sheenah Ko both agreed: "We're excited to honour a Saskatchewan based business in this centennial year," they said. 

Today, Brandt invents, manufactures and distributes hundreds of leading industrial products across Canada and around the world. Each product demonstrates how they recognize the unique challenges and opportunities presented by their customers and respond with innovative solutions of the highest quality - business leadership in action.

For more information on the 32nd Business Student Dinner, please email business.dinner@urbusinesssociety.com or visit the website at www.urbusinesssociety.com. For further information, contact Garnet Garven at (306)585-4162.