Paul’s Hauling founder named to the Order of Canada

Order of Canada recipients Jan. 24, 2018. Photo provided by the Office of the Govenor General

OTTAWA, ON – The CEO of a Winnipeg trucking company is now a member of the Order of Canada.

Paul Albrechtsen was presented with the honor by Governor General Julie Payette in a ceremony at Rideau Hall this week.

The founder, president and CEO of Paul’s Hauling was recognized for his outstanding business and philanthropic leadership in Manitoba through the establishment of a foundation supporting various projects including St. Boniface Hospital, the Reh-Fit Centre, Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the United Way of Winnipeg.

Albrechtsen says he has been in transportation his whole life, starting with horses in his native Denmark. Arriving in Canada in 1954 he saved to buy his first truck, and was able to start his company in 1957 in Brandon, Manitoba. Albrechtsen continued to expand and today has branches in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

In addition to his work with his foundation, Albrechtsen offers the children of Paul’s Hauling employees the chance at scholarships to help them with their post-secondary education. The fund takes contributions from employees as well as the company, and has given away nearly $1 million over 15 years.

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