Hartley T. Richardson

The 2019 International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award was presented May 23, 2019.

Hartley Richardson attended the University of Manitoba and received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in 1977. He is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, one of Canada’s largest private, family-owned corporations. Founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg, the Firm has expanded and developed into an international multi-enterprise with current operations and interests in agri-business and food processing, oil and gas exploration and marketing, real estate, insurance and financial services. For further information please click here: http://give.umanitoba.ca/HTRStudentSupportFund.

This was a really special year for IDEA, as it was only the third time that a Manitoban has received the honour. This year’s dinner presented a very unique opportunity to celebrate one of our own: a UM alum, an Associate, a community and business leader, philanthropist, friend, and colleague, Hartley Richardson. Also very interesting is that it was the 37th Annual IDEA dinner and Mr. Richardson has been an Associate for 37 years!

  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • The Asper Foundation
  • Bell MTS
  • Canada Life
  • James Tichardson & Sons, Limited
  • Megill-Stephenson Company
  • PWC
  • Richardson GMP
  • Fillmore Riley
  • Globe Capital Management
  • Greystone
  • John & Bonnie Buhler Foundation, Inc.
  • Johnston Group
  • Linimar, Power to Perform
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • Price The Science of Comfort
  • Winnipeg Free Press
  • B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
  • Bird
  • Bison Transport
  • Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba
  • Land Rover Winnipeg
  • Palliser
  • Pinnacle
  • Thompson Dorfman Sweatman
  • Wynward Insurance Group Est. 1920
  • 6P Marketing
  • Acrylon Plastics Inc.
  • Canad Inns
  • Cardinal Capital Management
  • Carlyle Printers, Service & Supplies Ltd.
  • CBRE
  • CIBC
  • Colin Ryan Wealth Management
  • Color Ad Packaging Ltd.
  • Conviron
  • CPHR Manitoba
  • Henderson & Associates
  • Innovair Corporation
  • Lawton Partners Wealth Management
  • Lionridge Capital Management Inc.
  • McCoshen Group
  • MLT Aikins LLP
  • New Flyer
  • Neptune Properties Inc.
  • NRG Research Group
  • Pitblado Law
  • Quintex Services Ltd.
  • The Pollard Family Foundation
  • Shelter Corporation Ltd.
  • TD Commercial Bank
  • Vector Constrution Ltd
  • Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc
IDEA 2018 Recipients

L to R: Tony Quach, Gady Jacoby, Arni Thorsteinson, Arianna Huffington, John Proven, Shona Grewar, Miranda Ewashko, Arthur Coehlo Reiss

IDEA 2018 Recipient Arianna Huffington Visits the Asper School of Business


“I was honoured to be a part of the celebrations. Many thanks for hosting me and for introducing me to the special place of the Asper Business School. I loved meeting the wonderful community you have built.” Arianna Huffington


Ms. Huffington was a most worthy recipient of IDEA 2018, as her achievements have empowered millions to expand their capabilities and to think broadly about possibilities. With Thrive Global she has been a champion against burnout and addiction to digital devices. Her ultimate goal is to improve wellness worldwide, she delivered a powerful message that all 925 dinner guests left rethinking the way they live their lives.

Thank you to all who attended IDEA 2018. Mark your calendars for IDEA 2019, which will be held on May 23, 2019!


Asper School of Business Medallion

Story of The Medallion

Awarded first in 1984, IDEA recognizes international entrepreneurial excellence. Recipients are presented with a custom IDEA gold medallion from the Royal Canadian Mint at Manitoba’s “Dinner of the Year”. The dinner is hosted by the Associates whose tremendous efforts and influence ensure IDEA achieves increasing success by celebrating extraordinary recipients. IDEA continues to generate international awareness for the University of Manitoba and the I.H. Asper School of Business. 


Past IDEA Recipients

David Thomson

Hartley T. Richardson
President & Chief Executive Officer
James Richardson & Sons, Limited

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington
CEO and Founder, Thrive Global
Founder, The Huffington Post

David Foster

David Foster
Chairman and Founder David Foster Foundation

V. Prem Watsa

V. Prem Watsa
Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Fairfax Financial Holdings