Hartley T. Richardson
Mr. Richardson was born on October 16, 1954 in Winnipeg, He attended the University of Manitoba and received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in 1977. Other designations include a certification by the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and a certificate in Strategic Planning from the Wharton Business School at University of Pennyslvania.
Mr. Richardson is a most distinguished Manitoban. Through his leadership in business, service to the community and philanthropy, he has demonstrated his commitment to the people of Manitoba and Canada and to their social, cultural and economic well-being.
Hartley T. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, a private, family-owned corporation, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada. The Company's deepest roots are in the international grain distribution industry, where it has over 140 years of experience. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, James Richardson International, operates the largest privately owned network of grain facilities In Canada. The network includes a series of traditional grain elevators and high throughput terminals at inland and port locations across the country. In addition to sourcing raw bulk commodities, the Company is involved in farm service centers, home and garden stores, and fertilizer plants, and operates Canbra Foods, Canada's largest fully-integrated canola processing company.
Richardson Financial Group Limited is the Company's financial arm, investing in Canadian private companies in a range of industry sectors outside of the Company's core business. Another entity, Richardson Partners Financial Limited, is responsible for providing highly personalized family wealth management services and advice.
Other businesses include subsidiaries in energy and real estate. Tundra Oil and Gas Ltd. is involved in oil exploration and production in Canada's Williston Basin, where it owns several hundred wells and related pipeline infrastructure. Real estate interests controlled through Lombard Realty Limited are currently concentrated in the ownership and management of office towers in Winnipeg, and have included a variety of commercial, industrial and resort ventures across North America in the past.
Mr. Richardson is committed to a broad range of organizations in Canada and Manitoba through his participation and leadership on boards and committees. He serves as a Director of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc., MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Railpower Technologies, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Business Council of Manitoba. Other affiliations include The Carlyle Group Canadian Advisory Board, The Trilateral Commission, World Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and the Young President's Organization.
In 2004, Mr. Richardson is Chairman of Winnipeg's United Way campaign. He also served as a member of the National Executive Committee for the 2004 Governor General's Leadership Conference. Actively involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Manitoba) named Mr. Richardson the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 2003.
He is past Chairman of CNIBs That All May Read 2003 campaign (Manitoba chapter) and Chair of the 2000 International Distinguished entrepreneur Award (IDEA) Dinner, honouring Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Cheung Kong Group of Companies. Mr. Richardson has been a member of the Queen's University School of Business Advisory Council and Campaign Cabinet as well as the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific Board of Trustees. He has served as Co-Chair of the Manitoba Theatre Centre Capital Campaign, Director of the Manitoba Opera Association, Director of the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, Co-Chair of the St. John's Ravenscourt School Capital Campaign and Honorary Chairman of National Access Awareness Week.
Beyond his formal participation on boards and committees, Mr. Richardson is an enthusiastic backer of many community initiatives, such as the successful bid to bring the 1999 Pan Am Games to Winnipeg, restoration of the Pavilion at Assiniboine Park, development of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and Lyric Theatre, and construction of a downtown entertainment complex.
Mr. Richardson has been particularly generous toward his alma mater. As Vice-Chair of Building on Strengths: Campaign for the University of Manitoba, he played a key leadership role in the most successful campaign of the university's history, which was the largest ever in Manitoba and one of the largest university campaigns in Canada. At a final total of more than $237 Million in February, 2004, this achievement will profoundly influence the future of the university for decades, both in the development of human capital and the university's physical spaces.
In addition to his volunteer work on the University campaign, Mr. Richardson was instrumental in garnering support from his family, the Richardson Foundation, and the Richardson group of companies for a number of initiatives, notably the leading- edge research facility, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, the innovative Centre for Music, Art and Design, and the VIP (Valuing lcelandic Presence) Campaign.