MPP Rick Byers
Rick Byers became the newly elected Member of Provincial Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound in the 2022 provincial election and has been appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance.
Prior to his election to provincial parliament, he devoted his time to community service. He served as the Vice-Chair of the South East Grey Community Health Centre; as Treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 333; and was a member of the Multi-Municipality Long-Term Care Working Group to save Grey Gables; and served on the Board of Directors for Metrolinx, Toronto Transit Commission, PPP Canada Inc, Links2Care, and the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships.
He was 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 32 years of experience in accounting, finance, infrastructure and government. His working career included roles as Special Assistant in Tax Policy for former 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, working 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 before this election was as Executive Vice President of Borealis Infrastructure, the 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 and his wife Margot have been married for over 30 years and have lived in Grey Highlands for over a decade. They are the proud parents of three adult sons.
Rick is proud and excited to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of MPP’s Bill Walker and Bill Murdoch to ‘get things done’ for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.