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Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it

by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan

Agriculture   

Michael Wilson

Growth Expert

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Michael Wilson has a knack for finding deals. In 2012, the president and CEO of Agrium led the company’s $1.15-billion purchase of former rival Viterra’s retail shops in Canada and Australia. “The transaction is an excellent fit,” he says. It certainly fits with Agrium’s stated goal of being the “leading global agricultural retailer,” with more than $1 billion in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) from retail sales by 2015. Wilson has demonstrated he’s serious about reaching this goal. In 2011, the company made 17 retail acquisitions, and in 2010, it purchased the Australian Wheat Board’s retail operations for A$1.2 billion. The purchase of Viterra adds 230 retail stores to Agrium’s existing network of 1,250 locations. The only question for Wilson is, “Who’s next?”

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8 Responses to Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012

  1. Jackie Morin says:

    I am part of the One Aim team for the ride for Cancer. There couldn’t be a more deserving recipient for this recognition. The support that Nigel gives to every rider on his team & other teams, his training rides that he hosts to get us ready for the Ride for Cancer and his positive attitude is an inspiration to us all.
    Jackie Morin

  2. Shawn H says:

    I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Gibson when he visited our facility shortly after his taking the helm of what was then CCS Corporation. It was a personal visit, he was by himself, and just came to chat and see what we do here. I was really impressed that a CEO would take the time to travel and meet with front-line staff, and he continues to do so on a regular basis. I am proud to work at Tervita under his leadership.

  3. Kevin Jones says:

    Nigel has also been pivotal in the creation and growth of the One Aim team, which over the past three years has raised $500,000. We plan on doubling up to a million this year, and this wouldn’t be possible without him.

  4. Arniestephens says:

    Congrats Drew!
    Well deserved.

    Arnie Stephens

  5. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to bevelope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they climb the many hurdles in the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

  6. David Howse says:

    I doubt many readers know Howard Tennant but his influence goes way beyond his government policy work. He is probably the best professor the University of Lethbridge has ever had and through that has influenced thousands of students to develope a broader understanding of the business world and the implications of policy and strategy based decisions. Howard continues to mentor many past students as they cross the many hurdles of the business world. I find some of the off topic posts offensive but – that’s just the internet.

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