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Garry Leach (MRM Steel Ltd.)
Garry Leach has had an incredible career; with wife Carol and two sons by his side, he has truly been an industry leader. After graduating with a BA from the University of Winnipeg in 1970, Leach started building his career, initially in the scrap recycling industry in Selkirk, Manitoba. He has been the owner of Belcher Island Smelting and Refining Corporation Ltd., his family investment company, since 1974.
From 1988 to 1995, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MRM Steel Ltd. (formerly Manitoba Rolling Mills, division of AMCA) . This steel manufacturer was owned principally by The CANAM Group of St Georges de Beauce, PQ, with Mr. Leach participating in a minority position. After the sale of MRM Steel to Group Gerdau of Brazil in 1995, he served in the same capacity with Gerdau MRM Steel, the successor company. Subsequent to Mr. Leach’s retirement in 2005 the steel facility has now been integrated into the Gerdau operations and is known as Gerdau Manitoba.
Mr. Leach has served as Regent, University of Winnipeg, Chair of Invest Manitoba, advisor to Arts Stabilization Manitoba, and the University of Manitoba Department of Continuing Education, as well as a member of The Associates of the Asper Business School. He has shown his continuous dedication to Manitoba industry by serving as a member of the Premier’s Economic Innovation and Technology Council. He is a founding member and former board member of The Business Council of Manitoba. He currently serves as a director of Pollard Banknote Ltd, several private corporations and recently retired as a longtime director of Manitoba Hydro Electric Board.