As founder of Linamar, Mr. Hasenfratz has held this position since 1966. Born in Hungary in 1935, Mr. Hasenfratz attended trade and engineering technical schools while working as a toolmaker and machinist. He immigrated to Canada in 1957 and was a supervisor at Sinterings Ltd. until the formation of Linamar in 1966. Mr. Hasenfratz founded the Company as a one-man shop in the basement of his home in 1964.
On December 26, 2014, Mr. Hasenfratz received a great honour and was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada, recognizing his philanthrophy and leadership in the manufacturing industry and what he has done for Canada.
Mr. Hasenfratz has been Chairman of the Board since 1966.