Rick Blickstead, President & CEO, Diabetes Association of Canada
Rick specializes in strategic organization revitalization, governance, stakeholder management, complex systems thinking, and executional excellence within healthcare, population health, and consumer-centric organizations.
He is currently the president and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association, a national health charity, and the past CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a national applied research and policy think tank focused on advancing population health. Rick is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, a fellow of MaRS-Social Innovation Generation, and was latterly a president of RONA Retail, Wal-Mart FJ USA, Dylex- BW Stores, and Peoples Jewellers amongst others.
Rick is a director and past chair of Imperial Manufacturing Group, board treasurer of Regis College at the University of Toronto, a director of World Presidents Organization: Ontario Chapter, director and past treasurer of the Harvard Club of Toronto. He is a past director of the Toronto Central LHIN, past chair of Centennial College’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, past governor of the Canadian Centre for Diversity, and a past director of the Toronto Board of Trade where he now contributes to city building as a member of its Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Rick is a graduate of the joint Non-Profit Management Certificate program at the Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools, and has an MBA from the University of Toronto, a B. Comm. from Carleton University, and is an alumnus of Bishop’s College School