MNP Donates $1M in Honor of Late Founding Partner, Don Penny, to Prairie Innovation Center in Assiniboine
Assiniboine Community College announced a $1 million grant for its Prairie Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture from the Brandon-based national professional services company, MNP. The donation, made in honor of the late Don Penny, who co-founded the company in 1958, will help create space for collaboration between farmers, industry, students and government.
“Don Penny’s warmth and charisma made him an accomplished individual known for leading with his head and heart. He believed in people, discovery, technology and hard work – exactly the activities that will unfold in this new Prairie innovation hub,” said Jason Tuffs, President and CEO of MNP.
A core part of the Prairie Innovation Center vision is to integrate education and connection, providing a place where growers, industry, researchers, government and students can come together, solve problems and share ideas.
“With roots in Westman, Don Penny and MNP have long been valued partners for Assiniboine. Don’s passion for collaboration and innovation, willingness to share knowledge, and inspiring leadership align closely with what we are working to achieve with the Prairie Innovation Center,” said Mark Frison, President of Assiniboine .
In 2017, Assiniboine presented Don Penny with its first-ever Courage Award for his courage to take risks and pursue a vision that has seen a Westman-based company become a major national leader in accounting, consulting, taxation and technology, while being dedicated to the community. organizations and efforts along the way.
“It will be a pleasure to see his legacy continue through this Center. Don understood that Canadian agriculture is led by people working together, and this generous contribution in his honor will be transformational for the agriculture industry and in the lives of so many students,” said Frison.
The Prairie Innovation Center is a one-of-a-kind Canadian college project that will bring together collaborative learning spaces, applied research labs, multi-purpose spaces and amenities that will serve both industry and the college community.
“When this opportunity presented itself, it was not a long or difficult decision for us. We thought the Prairie Innovation Center represented what Don was all about: bringing together visionary minds to create successful activations that delivered results. The fit couldn’t be more ideal,” said Tuffs.