Richard L. Frost
B.A.(Hons.), M.A.(McM.); M.P.A.(Queen's)
Leading Canada's first community foundation, Mr. Frost has helped promote the growth and sustainability of countless local charities and organizations. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Winnipeg Foundation, Mr. Frost is also recognized as an active volunteer and philanthropist. In 2008, the Winnipeg Foundation, with Mr. Frost at the helm, approved over $19 million in grants supporting over 650 charitable organizations. Prior to assuming his position at the Winnipeg Foundation in 1997, Mr. Frost undertook a career in public administration, working for the City of Burlington, the Region of Hamilton Wentworth and the Region of Peel in Ontario. After that, Mr. Frost came to Winnipeg to work as the City Commissioner under the leadership of two mayors - Bill Norrie and Susan Thompson. Since 1997, Mr. Frost has led the Winnipeg Foundation with remarkable success. Founded in 1921, the Winnipeg Foundation has supported Manitobans and Winnipeggers in need for 87 years. Under Mr. Frost's tenure, two gifts made to the foundation in 2001 stand out as significant investments in Winnipeg's future. First, a $10 million gift from Israel Asper, and later a $100 million gift from the Moffat family. These gifts, along with the thousands made every year to the Winnipeg Foundation, resound as votes of confidence in the foundation's direction, administration and its ability to make a difference for all members of the community. During Mr. Frost's tenure as CEO, the Winnipeg Foundation's assets have grown from $150 million in 1997 to $440 million in 2008. The Foundation currently holds more than 1,900 endowment funds and supports over 650 different charitable organizations across the spectrum of Winnipeg's voluntary sector including community service, education, health, environment, heritage, arts and culture and recreation. Along with his leadership of the Foundation, Mr. Frost is also an active community volunteer. He has served on a number of regional, national and international boards including the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Winnipeg Economic Development Board and others. He has also served as a member of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council. He was named by the Winnipeg Free Press as one of Manitoba's most influential people in 2005 in the newspaper's annual "Manitoba's Power 30" ranking.
-citation delivered by mentor Ms. Elaine Goldie, Vice-President (External)