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Creating opportunities for business education in honour of 2019 IDEA recipient Hartley T. Richardson

New initiative to raise $2 million for bursaries to support Asper School of Business students

December 6, 2018 — 

In honour of Dr. Hartley T. Richardson [BComm(Hons)/77, LLD/04], President and CEO of James Richardson and Sons Ltd., and his innovative leadership in business and commitment to the community, a new initiative is underway to create the Hartley T. Richardson Student Support Fund. The goal is to raise $2 million to create two bursaries that will increase opportunities for Asper School of Business students.

The Hartley T. Richardson Student Support Fund will enable students with limited financial means to obtain a world-class business education by providing renewable bursaries to help cover the costs of tuition, books and fees. The renewable nature of the bursaries will provide students with the freedom to focus on their studies and will support their educational path through to graduation.

Exchange programs create opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives and can help prepare them to lead in a global economy. The fund will also help make these life-changing opportunities possible for all students.

“Our students are the future drivers of cultural, social and economic prosperity for our province and our country,” says Dr. Gady Jacoby, Dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business. “This fund will help ensure that these future leaders will have the opportunity to pursue the education that will prepare them for success.”

Arni Thorsteinson [BComm(Hons)/71, LLD/09], President, University of Manitoba Business School Foundation and H. Sanford Riley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Financial Group Limited are leading this campaign, which was announced by the Associates of the Asper School of Business’ Chair Colin Ryan at their recent AGM.

Hartley T. Richardson.

Hartley T. Richardson.

“Hartley Richardson’s longstanding commitment to youth and education inspired us to create this fund. Providing support for students to pursue a world-class business education seemed like the perfect way to pay tribute to Dr. Richardson. Throughout his career, he has modeled a path of inspirational leadership and dedicated service to the community. We believe that students will be inspired by Hartley’s example and his legacy will live on through their success,” says Dr. Thorsteinson.

Dr. Richardson was recently announced as the 2019 recipient of the esteemed International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (IDEA). Since 1984, this award has been presented by the Associates of the Asper School of Business to outstanding entrepreneurs who have made an exemplary contribution to global economic life.

“The bestowing of the IDEA on Hartley provides us with the perfect opportunity to thank him for all of his efforts to make our country a better place and for his many contributions to the community. Over the years, the Richardson Foundation, family, and the Firm’s group of companies – led by Hartley – has had a transformative impact across the University of Manitoba campuses. The establishment of this fund will continue that tradition by helping business students to reach their full potential. The fund also provides all of us who have benefited from Hartley’s efforts with a great way to say, “thank you” to Hartley,” says Dr. Riley.

Dr. Richardson will be presented with the IDEA at the annual gala dinner event on May 23, 2019. Dr. Thorsteinson and Dr. Riley are planning to announce the successful completion of the campaign at that time.

Contributions to the Hartley T. Richardson Student Support Fund may be made online at:  


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