H. Sanford Riley
Director Emeritus, Canada West Foundation
President & CEO, Richardson Financial Group Ltd.
Sanford Riley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Financial Group Limited (RFG), which he established in May 2003 with James Richardson & Sons, Limited. RFG owns one third of Richardson GMP, a family wealth management firm with over $27 billion in client assets. RFG and James Richardson & Sons, Limited also own a 24% interest in GMP Capital, a publicly listed investment bank. Mr. Riley serves as a director of both firms.
Mr. Riley is a graduate of Queen’s University in Political Science and Osgoode Hall Law School. He began his law career in Toronto in 1975 and went on to serve as a partner in the Winnipeg law firm of Taylor McCaffrey. In 1985, he left the practice of law and began a career in the financial services industry.
His past and present involvement in community activities is extensive. An avid sailor, Mr. Riley was a member of the Canadian National Sailing Team for 10 years and competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. He is a former Chairman of the Manitoba Business Council, Manitoba Sports Federation and in 1999 served as Chairman of the Board for the highly successful Pan American Games, which were held in Winnipeg. He served for 9 years as Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.
Mr. Riley presently is Chairman of the University of Winnipeg Foundation, Chairman of The North West Company and is a member of several boards of directors, including, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Canadian Western Bank and MTS Allstream. A recipient of a number of awards, Mr. Riley was appointed to the Order of Canada in July, 2002 and the Order of Manitoba in 2013. Mr. Riley and his wife Deborah have three children and 5 grandchildren.