Richard Florizone became Dalhousie University’s 11th president in July 2013.
Richard holds a unique mix of academic and professional skills and a global perspective developed at some of the world’s leading institutions. He previously served as the director of strategic initiatives for Bombardier Aerospace, consultant and project leader for the Boston Consulting Group, and senior corporate liaison officer and fundraising consultant for Cambridge University. Under an agreement signed between the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the University of Saskatchewan, Richard was seconded to the IFC on a one-year administrative leave to act as senior adviser to IFC Advisory Services in Public-Private Partnerships in Washington, D.C. The prestigious secondment was the first undertaken by the World Bank Group with a Canadian university and was modelled on the World Bank Group’s Global Secondment Program.
Prior to joining Dalhousie, as vice president of finance and resources at the University of Saskatchewan, Richard oversaw the financial operations of its $900 million annual expenditures and $500 million of capital project initiatives. His broad responsibilities touched virtually every aspect of the university’s operations. As well, he served as a policy fellow in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, chaired the Uranium Development Partnership created by the Saskatchewan government, and currently serves as a board member of the Institute for Public Policy, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corp. Previously, he served on the boards of Canadian Light Source and the Saskatchewan Health Sciences Network.
Richard graduated from the University of Saskatchewan’s engineering physics program with the President’s Medal for most distinguished graduate. Subsequently, he earned his master's degree in physics from the University of Saskatchewan and his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).