Steve Rickard - Outstanding Member Profile
Steve Rickard graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario with an Honors’ Degree (B.A.) in Urban Studies. He is married to Marie and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  Professionally, he has enjoyed a long career in real estate consulting and was granted in 1982 his designation Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) and Professional Land Economist (PLE). He has served on various professional boards and committees and was granted the designation Fellow of the Real Estate Institute (FRI) in 1978 and was certified in Land Use Planning (CLP). Steve became a Chartered Arbitrator in 1995.
Steve was president of the Rotary Club of Calgary West in 2000 and served District 5360 as Governor in 2005.  He was the Founding President of the Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit (RAGM) in 2007 as well as the founder of the District 5360 Microcredit Task Force. He travelled to Latin America to participate in Uniendo America for several years and participated in organizing large breakout session with prominent speakers on Microcredit including Dr Muhammad Yunus at the Rotary International Conventions 2007 to 2011.
With the blessings of Rotary District 5360, Steve initiated an annual conference in Calgary to educate and raise awareness of microcredit and in 2014 he partnered with Ambrose University College who will continue the conference. He is a past Board Chair of Motive Action, a non-profit organization that trains youth at risk with employable skills.
Apart from his considerable contribution as a Rotarian over the past 30 years, Steve has been a tireless advocate for microfinance.  His efforts to champion Microfinance have taken him to many parts of the world as a speaker at numerous clubs and conferences. His passion to help the world’s poor to a sustainable improved quality of life through access to capital to enable them to raise their own standard of living has resulted in significant impacts on countless families.
Steve’s belief that microfinance is the single most effective solution to world poverty, and his preeminent contribution to raising awareness and funds both inside and beyond Rotary, makes him a most worthy candidate for recognition for the Service Above Self Award.
“Service Above Self Award” is an internationally competitive award granted to a maximum of 150 Rotarians per year who are examples of Service Above Self.