Every year, as part of our prestigious Manitoba Business Awards, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is honoured to present two Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Community — one to an individual and the other to a business. For 2019, we have selected Doug Harvey, President & CEO of Maxim Truck & Trailer, as our deserving individual award winner, and Price Industries as our business award winner. Read on to learn more…
DOUG HARVEY – Outstanding Contribution to the Community by an Individual
Doug Harvey is a true Winnipegger, raised in Fort Garry, and an Asper alumnus with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. He launched his career as a sales rep with International Harvester, and in 1981, as International began privatizing its dealerships, Doug seized the opportunity to become a business owner by buying into his first truck dealership in Winnipeg. Today, Doug is President & CEO of DLH Group which employs roughly 1,000 employees across Canada, and includes the following businesses:
- Maxim Truck & Trailer – a heavy truck and trailer dealer with 17 retail facilities nation-wide
- Tereck Diesel – a heavy duty repair facility in Winnipeg
- Summit Trailer Ltd. – a trailer dealer and fabrication business with four locations in Alberta and BC
- Arne’s Welding Ltd. – a trailer manufacturer based in Winnipeg
- Trout River Industries – a trailer manufacturer based in PEI
- Toowoomba Land Company, a real estate developer
Here are just some of the many ways Doug makes a difference to our community:
- He inspires the philanthropic spirit in his staff, encouraging them to give back through volunteering and fundraising.
- As a result of Doug’s generosity, every year, a percentage of Maxim’s revenues are donated to charity. The company supports community organizations, and sponsors arts, culture, education, health, and sports initiatives in cities throughout Canada.
- The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Manitoba named Doug Outstanding Philanthropist in 2015, acknowledging him for his support of Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
- Doug has made a huge impact on Winnipeg in terms of progress, and leads by example. He believes that when a city has the opportunity to do something world-class, the local community needs to get behind it. Doug is the chair of the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation and was the chair of the planning committee for their recent capital campaign. He has also served on numerous boards and industry committees including the Business Council of Manitoba, the Mazergroup, CentreVenture Development Corporation, Western Canada Aviation Museum capital campaign, and the advisory board of Yes! Winnipeg.
Doug’s impact in Manitoba and across Canada is immeasurable, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
PRICE INDUSTRIES – 2019 Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business
For 25 years, Price Industries vision has remained the same: provide superior customer service. Price Industries has a history and reputation to be proud of, and in the words of CEO Gerry Price: “You can rely on Price — our products and services — with confidence.”
Price Industries was founded by Ernest H. Price in 1946 and was first established as a sales company, acting as the manufacturing agent for Hart & Cooley, Farr, and Maid-o-Mist, as well as its own line of fill & vent caps for oil furnaces. By the 1950s, Price Industries had established offices in Edmonton (where the first distribution warehouse was located), Calgary, Vancouver, and Regina, followed by offices serving eastern Canada in Toronto (1961), Montreal (1962), Ottawa (1964) and London (1966). The 1960s also saw the completion of a 20,400 square foot plant in Winnipeg which – after 20 expansions – still operates today with 250,000 square feet of production space. Growth continued through the decades, including the completion of a 42,150 sq. ft. facility in St. Jerome, Quebec which included Price Industries’ first development lab, the launch of the Price Data Centre in 1975, introduction of the company’s first CAD system in 1986, the launch of the Price Technical Centre in 1998, and further expansion of its Winnipeg head office in 2000.
Beyond their business successes, Price Industries believes “Giving back is not a choice, it is part of our DNA – it’s what makes us who we are.” Viewing success as not only a reward for hard work, but as a responsibility, Price Industries believes that as a successful member of the community, they have a duty to help those who are less fortunate as well as to contribute to the common good. The Price organization is committed to serving the community through a wide variety of philanthropic endeavors including work with United Way, local fundraisers, and ongoing charitable sponsorships that support hundreds of organizations across the country, including the True North Hockey Academy, which serves underprivileged children by providing a chance for them to play hockey with their peers. In 2006, as a tribute to and in memory of Travis Price, the company introduced the Travis Price Spirit Scholarship, the company’s way of celebrating Travis’ values, which they continue to work toward entrenching into the fabric or their organization.