Hartley T. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, one of Canada’s largest private, family-owned corporations. Founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada, JRSL has expanded and developed into an international multi-enterprise with current operations and interests in agri-business and food processing, oil and gas exploration and marketing, real estate, insurance, and financial services. Mr. Richardson has held the position of President and CEO since 1993.
Mr. Richardson has representation in a board or executive capacity on all of the Firm’s subsidiary companies, including Richardson International Limited, Tundra Oil & Gas Limited, Kingston Midstream Limited, Lombard Realty Limited, Wynward Insurance Group, and Richardson Financial Group Limited. Mr. Richardson is also a trustee of The Richardson Foundation which oversees the philanthropy of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and its affiliated companies.
Mr. Richardson serves as a Director of KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund Advisory Board. He also serves as a Director of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. He is Past-Chairman of the Business Council of Canada and PastChairman of the Business Council of Manitoba. In addition, Mr. Richardson is Chairman of Assiniboine Park Conservancy, and member of the Board of Governors for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charter for Business. Another affiliation includes membership in Young President’s Organization Intercontinental Chapter, and he is also actively involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations.
A graduate of the University of Manitoba, B. Com (Hons), Mr. Richardson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from each of the University of Manitoba in 2004 and the University of Winnipeg in 2012. He was appointed to the Order of Manitoba in 2008, and also appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. He was promoted to an Officer within the Order of Canada in 2013, and in 2019, was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.