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Massive world-class re-development projects are breathing new life into Winnipeg. Join us for the unveiling of a new vision for Winnipeg’s next great initiative – a project of national significance planned within one of our greatest community assets.
Hartley Richardson, President & CEO of James Richardson & Sons, Limited
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, Canada. The company has interests in agriculture and food processing, energy, real estate and financial services.
James Richardson & Sons, Limited has over 158 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.
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. He is also actively involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations.
Margaret Redmond, President & CEO of Assiniboine Park Conservancy
APC is a dynamic, private-public, not-for-profit corporation designed to operate and govern Assiniboine Park and Zoo independently from the City of Winnipeg. Starting from scratch, Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) was challenged to not only drive the most significant development in Assiniboine Park in the past 80 years, but simultaneously integrate the functions and operations of over 20 City functions and four distinct not-for-profit entities that had been operating autonomously. The Conservancy is responsible for ensuring that Assiniboine Park is transformed into ‘one Park’ with various attractions, amenities, services and programs. Revenue generation in the Park has grown from $5.8M in 2011 to $15.3M projected in 2015.
With a 10-year fundraising goal of $200M for refurbishment and development, APC in 5 years has raised over $128M or 64% of its goal. This has enabled the Assiniboine Park Conservancy to build the Qualico Family Centre, expand and improve the Duck Pond and surrounding areas, create the Nature Playground, and transform the Assiniboine Park Zoo, through renovations, enhanced facilities, and new exhibits like the magnificent new Journey to Churchill exhibit that houses 6 polar bears (5 rescued from certain death). Journey to Churchill is one of the largest, most comprehensive northern animal exhibits in the world and is setting a new international standard for polar bear exhibits world-wide. Almost a quarter of a million people have visited the Zoo since re-opening July 3, 2014.
Prior to joining Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Margaret worked at the Canadian Wheat Board for 11 years, serving as Chief Strategic Officer; Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs; General Counsel; and Corporate Secretary.
Margaret’s community work includes a term as Board Chair and various committee responsibilities with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; Board membership with the Exchange District Business Improvement Zone and the Young Associates; and membership in the United Way’s Corporate Campaign Cabinet and on the Planning and Allocation Committee.
Margaret has Bachelor of Laws and Arts degrees from the University of Manitoba, and has continued her executive education at the Niagara Institute, Queen’s School of Business, and Western University.
Margaret and her husband Greg are life-time Winnipeggers. They live near Assiniboine Park with their two daughters and are avid Assiniboine Park enthusiasts.
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