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Date of Birth: 1951
H. Sanford Riley
H. Sanford Riley is one of Canada’s most successful businessmen. He completed a Political Science and History degree from Queen’s University and a Law degree from York University. In 1975, he began his law career in Toronto but returned to Winnipeg to become a partner for the firm Taylor McCaffrey. In this era, he was also one of the country’s best rowers competing with team Canada from 1972-1983. In 1976, the year he qualified for the Olympics in Montreal, Riley also made history by becoming the first Canadian to win the U.S. national Finn championship. By 1985, with his competitive rowing days over, Riley changed professions and started working in the financial services industry for the Toronto-based Great Lakes Group. In 1992, he was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group, a company he led to nine consecutive years of record profits (1992-2001). After leaving Investors, Riley co-founded Richardson Financial Group Limited (2003) where he serves as the President and CEO. From 2000-2009, Riley also worked as the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg where he helped raise an unprecedented $135 million for new university infrastructure. Furthermore, through his generous donation to the university, Riley has established the H.Sanford Riley fellowships in Canadian history. Over his career, he has sat on several boards and held many positions including being the past President of the Manitoba Sports Federation (1983-1995) and the former Chair of Winnipeg’s Pan Am Games (1999). In 2009, Riley was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and he is a Member of the Order of Canada (2002).