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Richard brings a wealth of private-sector experience to his Executive in Residence and graduate teaching roles.
Following early years served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Richard built a 30-year company and industry-award winning career in the financial services sector with Manulife Financial. He held increasingly senior field leadership roles in the areas of pension investment, insurance, securities and banking services. His roles as Regional Vice-President saw him responsible for a multi-billion dollar distribution and service operation that partnered with thousands of financial distributors and spanned Eastern, Northern and Central Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
His business leadership has been recognized for excellence in such areas as management talent and team development, distribution management and strategy, governance, and change management.
Additionally, as chair of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Richard led the 150+ year old Chamber, which serves over 1,000 corporate members, through a period of transformational change which addressed critical issues of operations, leadership, governance and strategy. Other civic leadership roles included:
- Chair, Board of Directors, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
- Chair, United Way Provincial Campaign, Manulife (Quebec)
- Chair, Manulife Field Executive Advisory Council
- Chair, Board of Trustees, Kiwanis Medical Foundation
- Corporate Representative, Market Conduct / Ethics Tribunal, Financial Services Commission of Ontario
His passion and commitment to talent development ushered in a natural evolution to teaching. He is the only sessional professor invited to teach leadership & management concurrently at the MBA programs at both Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.
Richard’s additional teaching focuses include: high performance team development, power & influence within organizations, and business ethics. Richard’s energetic and student-centered teaching style has been recognized by consistently outstanding student evaluations. Additionally, he has been nominated for, or has won a number of teaching awards.
Most recently, Richard is the creator and host of a new Rogers-TV series entitled “Unlocking the Leadership Door” a multi-episode series of interviews with Ottawa’s organizational leaders in the areas of education, medicine, sports & entertainment, family business, high technology innovation and governance.