Biography - Rick Waugh

Rick WaughOC, BComm (Hon. Manitoba), MBA (York), HonLLD (York)

Rick E. Waugh was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2014 and appointed Chair effective July 1, 2015. He is an ex officio member of all Board Committees and as Chair of the Board of Governors, he also sits on the Board of the York University Development Corporation and the University Senate.

Mr. Waugh is former Deputy Chairman, President and CEO of Scotiabank.    He is a member of the member the Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business.  He serves on the Board of Directors for TransCanada Corporation and the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. He is Chair of the Advisory Council for The Learning Partnership and serves on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation. Rick also sits on the External Advisory Council of the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Policy Advisory Committee for the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Business Administration from York University, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from York University, University of Manitoba and Assumption University.

In 2012, Rick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to strengthening the financial services industry in Canada and abroad. He received the 2011 International Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2009, he received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in New York, and had the Order of Merit conferred upon him by the President of the Dominican Republic for distinguished service to the country. He was awarded the 2008 Award of Merit from B’nai Brith Canada, and the 2007 Merit of Honor, Council of the Americas, for his distinguished contribution to the Americas.