Meet Rick Byers

Rick Byers is the 2022 Ontario Progressive Conservative Candidate for the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

Giving back to his community is very important to Rick; he currently volunteers as the Vice Chair of the South East Grey Community Health Centre, is Treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333 Flesherton Markdale, is active at Christ Church Markdale, and is a member of the monthly 560 CFOS Round Table panel. In the past, he was a member of the Multi-Municipality Long-Term Care Working Group to save Grey Gables.

He is also a Board Member of the True Patriot Love Foundation; Canada’s leading organization in support of serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, and their families. Rick has been a Member of the Board of Directors for Metrolinx, helping management with the development of the biggest transit expansion in Ontario’s history.  Other past board positions have included the Toronto Transit Commission, PPP Canada Inc, Links2Care, and the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships.

Rick’s working career included roles as Special Assistant in Tax Policy for the Minster of Finance, Hon. Michael Wilson; Chartered Accountant with Thorne Riddell (now KPMG); Managing Director of Government Investment Banking at Burns Fry/BMO Capital Markets, where he worked with governments across Canada on financing activities and major projects such as NAV Canada, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. His final career role was as Executive Vice President of Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure division of the OMERS Pension Plan, who are owners and managers of major global infrastructure projects, including Ontario-based businesses Life Labs, Teranet, and Bruce Power.

He has been a very active member in local politics and has been a board member of both the federal and provincial riding associations serving as President and CFO. In the last provincial election in 2018, he served as Campaign Manager for MPP Bill Walker.

Rick and Margot pursued their careers and raised their family in the Toronto area and made the choice to move and make their home in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound 11 years ago. They have been married for 35 years, have three adult sons and live near Markdale with their dog Stella. In his spare time, Rick enjoys spending time with his family, mountain climbing, making maple syrup, and making a difference in his community.

He is truly humbled to have this wonderful opportunity to carry on the legacy of our two outstanding previous MPPs — Bill Murdoch and Bill Walker.

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