Published on January 31, 2019
Alumni Award of Honour ’06
Having added three successful enterprises to Alberta’s manufacturing industry, Fred Atiq is fortifying the sector through Next Equities, a fund to boost fledgling companies.
Since arriving from India as a teen and training at NAIT, Atiq has brought to the province vinyl window and extruded vinyl product manufacturing through two companies (since sold and still going strong). His third venture, Fiberex Glass in Leduc, stands among Canada’s top 100 fastest growing companies despite serious competition from the likes of Owens Corning USA, a major concern in the field of extruded fibreglass.
Still serving as Fiberex president and CEO, Atiq takes pleasure in putting the family’s hard-earned cash to work through Next Equities. “If I can put one guy into business a year,” he says, “I’m a happy man.”
— Cheryl Mahaffy