Thursday, October 28, 2021

Gary MacDonald dead at 70

Gary MacDonald of MacDon Industries and the first president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has died. He was 70.

MacDonald helped form the AEM with the merging of the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association and the Equipment Manufacturers Institute in 2001. 

He was the first leader of the AEM in 2002 as Co-Chair, as well as a long-time member and leader on its Board of Directors and Ag Sector Board.

He was born in Truro, N.S., grew up in Brantford and attended the Ivey School of business at The University of Western Ontario from 1970-1974 where he played on the varsity football team and won a national championship with its rugby team.

He moved to Winnipeg in 1976 and joined the family business helping MacDon grow over the next four decades into a global leader of harvesting equipment.