Shukri Abdulle Wins Report on Business magazine's 2023 Changemakers Award from The Globe and Mail

February 24, 2023, Toronto - Bimbo Canada, the manufacturer of Dempster’s, Villaggio and Vachon, is pleased to announce that Shukri Abdulle has been named a 2023 Report on Business magazine Changemaker.

Changemakers is an editorial award program produced by Report on Business magazine at The Globe and Mail. This program celebrates emerging business leaders who are making a difference in their industry with their ideas, accomplishments, and impact.

The Globe and Mail solicited nominations for the Changemakers award in fall 2022. Winners were selected by The Globe and Mail’s award-winning editorial team for their bold notions and leadership, as determined by their nominations, subsequent interviews and reference checks. 

Shukri Abdulle is one of 50 winners of the 2023 Changemakers award.

“With food manufacturing in Canada facing a labour shortage of 65,000 people by 2025, Shukri is focusing on automation that will allow Bimbo Canada, the country’s largest commercial bakery, to feed Canadians with our iconic branded products- like Dempster's, Villaggio, Bon Matin — that Canadians know and love,” says Marie-Eve Royer, President, Bimbo Canada.  “I am happy that her tremendous work has been recognized on such a grand level – it is so well deserved.”

Editorial coverage of the 2023 Changemakers is in the March, 2023 issue of Report on Business magazine, distributed with The Globe and Mail on Saturday, February 25, 2023 and online at

"As the world grapples with new challenges from greening the economy to adjusting to the new geopolitical reality, the Canadian business community needs new ideas and bold leaders," says Dawn Calleja, editor of Report on Business magazine. "The Changemakers program aims to highlight 50 people who are taking on pressing issues and turning ideas into impact."

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About Bimbo Canada

Bimbo Canada is Canada's largest bakery, operating for more than 110 years.  It is a leading producer and distributor of fresh packaged breads and snacks with more than 1,000 products across 18 brands Canadians know and love, like Dempster's®, Stonemill®, Villaggio®, Little Bites®, Vachon® and Takis®.  We are proud to feed Canadian families with safe, high-quality products they can trust made by Canadians, for Canadians at 16 bakeries, 15 distribution centres and 191 depots across the country.

Bimbo Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest baking company.  Together, we are Nourishing a Better World with delicious baked goods and snacks by building a sustainable, highly productive and deeply humane company. The company is dedicated to building a diverse workplace that promotes equity and belonging, where all associates can develop and contribute to the transformation of the company, the baking industry and our communities.


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