Business Owner, Philanthropist, Pioneer…
Each of these words can describe Mohinder Singh Minhas, founder of Minhas Bros. Holdings, family man and leader in the community of Grande Prairie. Mo left his home in the Punjab region of India for Alberta in the 70′s in order to build his future. Settling first in Edmonton, he soon relocated to the Peace Region and worked at the Procter and Gamble mill (later Weyerhaeuser ) until 1979 when he invested in his first logging truck.
This initial venture led to the development of multiple establishments including trucking companies, auto dealerships, land development, retail sales and a hotel. He kept busy in the community, contributing to local groups and maintaining close contact with his native India, sponsoring many people to come to Grande Prairie to find their futures including younger brother Yad Minhas, who became his business partner and instrumental in building their legacy.
Both brothers became very involved in politics and charity work in Grande Prairie and in India, helping to advance education through contributions to the Khalsa Senior Secondary school in India which had been created by their grandfather. The Minhas brothers also supported sports participation by sponsoring sports teams in Grande Prairie and building a soccer stadium in India. Mo was a founding member of the Grande Prairie’s Sikh temple, the Gursikh Missionary Society and helped to raise funds for it’s construction. Yad held a seat on Grande Prairie City Council as Alderman and worked towards bettering the educational opportunities of students in Grande Prairie. Minhas Bros. Holdings offers a scholorship for students pursuing trades at GPRC.
Sadly, Mohinder passed away suddenly at the age of 57, but he created a strong legacy of success, loyalty and community support that continues to this day through the efforts of his strong, close knit family.