Richard brings a wealth of private-sector experience to his Executive in Residence and graduate teaching roles.
Following service in the Canadian military, 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 role as Regional Vice-President saw him responsible for a multi-billion dollar distribution & service operation that partnered with thousands of financial professionals 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, sales management as well as ethics & governance to such industry and civic leadership roles as:
- Chair, Board of Directors, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
- 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 has been the only sessional professor invited to teach leadership & team 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, leadership and organizational influence at Donghua University in Shanghai, China.
Richard’s energetic and student-centered teaching style has been recognized by consistently outstanding student evaluations and a number of major teaching awards including uOttawa’s APTPUO Professor the Year.
Richard was also the creator and host of a TV series for Rogers TV entitled “Unlocking the Leadership Door”, a multi-episode series of interviews with Ottawa’s leaders in the areas of education, medicine, sports & entertainment, family business, high technology innovation and governance.
As an Executive-in-Residence supporting the MBA program leadership group, he also provides executive coaching support for Telfer’s MBA teams and management team training & executive coaching for business and government clients on a referral-only basis.