2019 Recipient of the Martin Bergen Award: Mr. David Olfert

David Olfert spent his early life in rural Manitoba and his career working at the Canadian Wheat Board for 40 years as their Executive Director of Finance and Treasurer for the last 14 years of his working career.

As a Certified General Accountant, he was more than qualified to bring wisdom and stability to his volunteer roles on the Mennonite Benevolent Society, Crosstown Credit Union, the Conference of Mennonites in Canada as well as Concordia Hospital, Concordia Foundation and Concordia Wellness Projects Inc.

Mr. Olfert has been a steadfast and continuing presence with his leadership over a span of over 25 years to the Concordia Campus.  During his tenure there have been many changes that he has helped navigate and bring forward such as accreditation by the Canadian Council of Health Services, the construction of Concordia Place, Concordia Village, Concordia Hip & Knee Institute and several major additions to the hospital that has improved and impacted patient care and safety as we know it today.

He has delivered prudent and proactive leadership in fiscal matters and guided us in numerous financial planning strategies. He has shown an inclusive leadership style with a steady hand, thoughtful approach and serious consideration for all of the factors that led to the successful growth of the Concordia Campus.

He has been the Chair of the Boards of Concordia Hospital, Concordia Foundation and Concordia Wellness Projects Inc.

He and Hermine live in East St. Paul, and have three married children and 17 grandchildren.

The entire community thanks him for his tremendous contribution to the community as we honour him with Concordia’s most prestigious award – The Martin Bergen Award.