The International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (IDEA) got its start in Winnipeg in 1984. The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Management (now the Asper School of Business) and the Associates established the prestigious award to honour a business executive who had achieved outstanding entrepreneurial success and who had made an exemplary contribution to economic life. Each year’s IDEA recipient is given a five-ounce gold medal designed by the Royal Canadian Mint. Recipients’ names and photos are displayed throughout the School with the aim of inspiring students and the community.
Over the course of three decades, the IDEA Gala has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s premier business events. IDEA has allowed the Asper School of Business and the University of Manitoba to benefit from a close association with world-renowned entrepreneurs.
At the Gala on June 13, the 2017 International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award will be presented to David Foster, producer, composer, humanitarian and chairman and founder of the David Foster Foundation. The winner of 16 Grammy Awards, David is also known as a leading philanthropist in Canada. Since 1985, his foundation has raised millions of dollars to help Canadian children in need of organ transplants.
MLT Aikins is proud to support the 2017 IDEA Gala as a gold sponsor.
Tuesday, June 13
RBC Convention Centre (375 York Ave, Winnipeg)
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