Hartley T. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, a private, family-owned corporation, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg. The company has interests in agriculture and food processing, financial services, real estate and energy sectors.
James Richardson & Sons, Limited has over 156 years of experience in Canadian agriculture and specifically the international grain distribution industry. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Richardson International Limited, operates the largest privately-owned network of grain facilities in Canada.
Richardson Capital Limited is the company’s private equity arm, investing in Canadian companies in a range of industry sectors outside of the company’s core business. Another entity, Richardson GMP Limited, is responsible for providing personalized family wealth management services and advice.
Other businesses include subsidiaries in energy and real estate. Tundra Oil & Gas Limited is involved in oil exploration and production in Canada’s Williston Basin, where it owns and operates over 2,000 wells and related pipeline infrastructure. Real estate interests controlled through Richardson Centre Limited are currently concentrated in the ownership and management of office towers in Winnipeg, and have included a variety of commercial, industrial and resort ventures across North America in the past.
Mr. Richardson serves as a Director of GMP Capital Inc. He is a Director and Past-Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Past-Chairman of the Business Council of Manitoba. In addition, Mr. Richardson is Chairman of Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Co-Chairman of Trans Canada Trail Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of Governors for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charter for Business. Other affiliations include the Work Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow and the Intercontinental Chapter of Young Presidents Organization. He is also actively involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations.
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 also appointed to the Order of Canada in 2007 and to the Order of Manitoba in 2008.
Mr. Richardson joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2008 and is currently a member of the TCT Foundation Board and Chapter 150 Campaign, both of which he co-chairs with Valerie Pringle.