The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards are given annually to people and organizations that contribute to the vibrancy of the province and who inspire the rest of the community by their example.
This year’s recipients are Abdo (Albert) El Tassi and StandardAero. They will be presented with the award by Manitoba’s lieutenant-governor, the honourable Janice Filmon, as part of the 35th Manitoba Business Awards on Oct. 26 at the Fairmont Winnipeg, hosted by Global National anchor Dawna Friesen.
El Tassi is a well-known Manitoba businessman and philanthropist who works tirelessly to promote understanding, tolerance and respect not only in Winnipeg but globally. He has called Winnipeg home since 1969, when he started in the shipping department of Peerless Garments Ltd.
Since June 2006, he has been the president and CEO of Peerless Garments LP, which is a garment manufacturer and importer carrying two main businesses: leather and cold-weather garments. Peerless has remained a stalwart in the garment industry of Manitoba and for over 45 years, El Tassi has worked closely with Department of National Defence staff on the design and development of specialized garments for the military.
Recognized for his prominent and selfless philanthropy and community service, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; he is a Member of the Order of Canada; he was named to the Order of Manitoba; and he was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2012 by the Canadian Red Cross, among numerous other honours.
Founded in 1911, StandardAero has become one of the aerospace industry’s largest independent maintenance, repair and overhaul providers. StandardAero’s mission is to be the best to work for, the most trusted service partner and where custom solutions come standard. The company’s vision is to inspire the best and constantly raise the standard of aviation services.
StandardAero employs more than 6,000 employees, with over 1,300 working in Winnipeg. As StandardAero has become a truly international company, its solid roots in Winnipeg are now the backbone of the province’s important aerospace sector.
StandardAero has created a work environment best described as a close-knit community. Volunteering opportunities also play a big role in the company’s social environment. The company and its employees partner with the Canadian Cancer Society, the MS Society, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and more.
Updated on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:08 PM CDT: Corrects StandardAero employment figures; removes reference to StandardAero employees receiving paid leave for volunteer activities.