Rick is Chair of the Board of Governors of York University, and a member the Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors for TransCanada Corporation and the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. He is Chair of the Advisory Council for The Learning Partnership and serves on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation. Rick also sits on the External Advisory Council of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Policy Advisory Committee for the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Business Administration from York University, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from York University, University of Manitoba and Assumption University.
In 2012, Rick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to strengthening the financial services industry in Canada and abroad. He received the 2011 International Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2009, he received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in New York, and had the Order of Merit conferred upon him by the President of the Dominican Republic for distinguished service to the country. He was awarded the 2008 Award of Merit from B’nai B’rith Canada, and the 2007 Merit of Honor, Council of the Americas, for his distinguished contribution to the Americas.
Rick and his wife, Lynne, have three sons, and are proud grandparents.