4 The Herald Leader ? Thursday, April 23, 2015


Local wins international award

Southern Health employee first Manitoban and third Canadian to win

JOHNNA RUOCCO Herald Leader A self-proclaimed ?transplant Portager? has been recognized internationally for excellence in his profession. Martin Montanti, vice president of corporate services for Southern Health-Santé Sud, is the recipient of the Garner Themoin Award and was presented with the award on April 15, making him the third Canadian and first Manitoban to receive the award since its inception in 1976. The award is given by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management and is given to an individual whose unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts have furthered the advancement of the supply chain profession. Montanti first was a nominee for the Supply Chain Management Association Fellow Award and won that in June 2014. By

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