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Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive officer of Linamar Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company, is the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. The award is given to leaders who have achieved success through their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.
Hasenfratz joined her father’s company in 1990 and worked her way up from the ground floor, learning all aspects of the business prior to her tenure as the chief executive officer. As CEO, Hasenfratz has grown the company from an $800 million enterprise to a company worth more than $5.2 billion.
The Gustavson School of Business chose Hasenfratz for her continuing dedication to seeing women progress in business to the top levels of industry. “Linda Hasenfratz is a Canadian leader in the automotive industry, and we are delighted to honour her with the 2016 award,” says Peter Gustavson, chair of the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year committee. “Her entrepreneurial spirit is recognized on an international scale and her impact within the automotive industry—and within Linamar—is remarkable.”
A dedicated community builder, she is the chair of the Business Council of Canada, a member of the Women on Boards Advisory Council, vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum, and a member of CIBC’s Board of Directors. This year, Linda and her father, Frank, were appointed to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for their global success with Linamar.
For more information, see the official announcement.