MONTRÉAL – International dairy processor Saputo Inc. shared that its president and chief executive officer, Lino A. Saputo, was appointed to become a member of the Order of Canada, a distinction given to honor the country’s most accomplished citizens.

Lino A. Saputo, who also serves as chair of the board for the company, was recognized for his contributions to Canadian business, as well as being a dedicated corporate leader and supporter of charitable organizations.

“It is with great pride and appreciation that I join the Order of Canada,” Lino A. Saputo said. “This is a true honor, made possible by the support of my wife, my family, my community and the unwavering passion of our over 19,000 loyal employees who continually inspire me by embodying our Saputo values every single day.”

His involvement at Saputo dates back more than 35 years. He became CEO in 2004 and chair of the board in 2017. The company listed his top endeavors as championing the advancement of women in the workplace and addressing sustainability challenges in the dairy industry.

The Order of Canada appointment marked the second for a Saputo leader, with founder Emanuele (Lino) Saputo joining in 2012.