Winnipeg, Manitoba – October 20, 2014 – Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods’ Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mike Fata was crowned EY 2014 Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year at last night’s regional gala.

Finalists from across the Prairies were judged based on their vision, leadership, innovation, financial performance, community engagement, and personal influence. The 2014 judging panel consisted of educators, business and community leaders, and past winners.

“This year’s pool of finalists was truly impressive and it’s humbling just to be among them,” expressed Mike Fata. “I am deeply honoured to receive such a prestigious distinction. The award is a reflection of the Manitoba Harvest team and my support network. Without committed and skilled team members, our company would not be what it is today.”

Manitoba Harvest has grown over 500% in the past five years and is the largest vertically integrated hemp foods manufacturer in the world. The company is poised for continued growth having just completed a facility expansion that nearly triples their manufacturing capacities.

“Twenty years ago when a hemp foods company was simply a dream, I never could have imagined we would be where we are today,” explained Fata. “Now, that I know anything is possible I wish I had dreamt bigger!”

Mike Fata is also selected for the National EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Special Citation recipient for Entrepreneurial Spirit. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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Mike Fata accepts his Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Prairies Region, Manufacturing

About Manitoba Harvest

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods is the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell their own brand of hemp food products. A B Corp Certified company, Manitoba Harvest educates on the health and environmental benefits of hemp and strives to support sustainability in all that they do. Award-winning products include Hemp Hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds) and HEMP PRO 70 ® (hemp protein concentrate).

Contact Manitoba Harvest

Kelly Saunderson
Manager of Corporate & Public Affairs
Tel: 204.953.0232

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