About Richard

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Experience
 
  • Principal at Poot-Wright Consulting Inc. 
    • Economic development, public engagements & government relations
  • Two term City Councillor for Ward 6
    • Served on committees including Chair of Audit Committee for 3 years and on Community and Protective Services for 7 years
  • Senior Business Development Manager; Calgary Economic Development
    • focused on commercial real estate development and international investment 
  • Financial Analyst; Vice President, Installations; SMED International
  • Co-Owner;  6 PORTS International stores, Calgary
  • Landman; Hudson’s Bay Oil & Gas, Dome Petroleum
Education
 
  • University of Calgary, University of Toronto ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors
    Directors Education Program
  • University of Calgary, MBA, Finance and Marketing
  • Mount Royal College, PLM, Petroleum Land Management 
  • Carleton University, BA (Hons), Economics and International Relations
 
Community
 
  • Victoria Park-Stampede Expansion Advisory Committee, City Council appointee (1991)
  • Uptown 17 (now RED) Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ/BIA), Founding Chair of Calgary’s first BRZ
  • University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, Sessional Marketing Instructor, developed course on new product development
 
Since arriving in Calgary in 1979, Richard has served on numerous community and business boards. He is happily married to Frances Wright who co-founded and now chairs the Famous 5 Foundation. They enjoy living in the community of Coach Hill - Patterson Heights.
 
Awards
  • Economic Development Alberta 
    • Economic Developer of the year 2009
  • Calgary Economic Development ‘Gorilla’ Marketing Award
  • Calgary Immigrant Aid Society (now Immigrant Services) Honorary Lifetime Member
 
For full profile please connect on LinkedIn.