CME Awards Program

Hall of Fame

Art DeFehr (Palliser Furniture)

Art DeFehr has built Palliser Furniture into one of the most successful furniture manufacturers in Canada, with plants in the United States, Mexico and Indonesia, the company employs over 2,700 people with annual sales exceeding $200 million each year.

The company was founded in 1944 by Abram Albert DeFehr, Art’s father. After taking over as CEO and President in 1984, he has been highly regarded within the industry and recognized both for his business leadership as well as his contributions to humanitarian projects throughout the world.