For over 30 years Rotarian Steve Rickard has been engaged in alleviating hunger, having founded the Calgary Microcredit Conference, served as chairman in the raising of millions of dollars for microcredit projects and he became the Chair Emeritus of the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development. Steve was president of his Calgary West Rotary club in 2000 and he became the District Governor in 2005 (Rotary’s Centennial year).

Steve began his career as a real estate appraiser in 1979 and sold his company when he retired in 2012. During that time, he became an Accredited Real Estate Appraiser specializing in property tax agency and a Chartered Arbitrator in matters relating to real estate.

Steve married Marie in 1975 and they live in Calgary, as do their three kids and their respective five grandchildren.

Steve subscribes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is passionate about overcoming extreme poverty by 2030.