Paul Albrechtsen, founder of Winnipeg, Man.-based trucking company Paul’s Hauling, died July 7 at the age of 88.
Saving enough money to purchase his first truck, Albrechtsen established Paul’s Hauling in 1957. Two years later, the company had a fleet of eight trucks, hauling crude oil and salt water for the petroleum industry.
First located in Brandon, Man., the company moved to Winnipeg in 1961, where a terminal was constructed on the Oak Point Highway. Today, the carrier also has locations in Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Albrechtsen was a strong believer in the people working at Paul’s Hauling, stating on the company’s website that he was “blessed with excellent staff,” and that “if you want your people to do a good job, you have to give them the right equipment and tools. And our people do an excellent job!”
Albrechtsen, a philanthropist, donated to several causes over his life, including a $5 million donation to St. Boniface Hospital in 2015.
Over the years, Albrechtsen also made donations to the HSC Foundation and the Reh-Fit Centre.
Paul’s Hauling has set up a scholarship fund, which has handed out money totaling $84,000 to 27 sons and daughters of its employees.
Albrechtsen had been in the industry since immigrating from Denmark in 1954, and was also named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018.