Richard brings a wealth of private-sector experience to his Executive in Residence and graduate teaching roles.
Following service 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.
Richard has contributed his recognized expertise in the areas of leadership and team development, distribution management as well as ethics and governance to such industry and civic leadership roles as:
His passion and commitment to talent development ushered in a natural evolution to teaching. He is the only sessional professor invited to teach leadership development concurrently at the MBA programs at both Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business and the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. As well, he has taught business ethics at Donghua University in Shanghai, China (partner MBA program with Sprott). Richard’s other teaching areas include: high performance team development, power & influence within organizations, professional sales management and business ethics.
Richard’s energetic and student-centered teaching style has been recognized by consistently outstanding student evaluations and a number of major teaching awards.
Richard was also 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.
As an Executive-in-Residence, he also provides coaching support for Telfer’s MBA teams and management team training & executive coaching for Telfer’s corporate clients.