The Charter For Business - Chair's Message

A Message from Hartley Richardson

  • Chair - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Charter for Business
  • President & CEO - James Richardson & Sons, Limited

For 20 years, The Charter for Business has been partnering with businesses, foundations, and individuals to deliver the proven benefits of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award to young people across Canada, with a special focus on marginalized youth.  Together, we have contributed over $22 million toward our goal of ensuring that The Award is available to all young Canadians, regardless of circumstances, abilities, or geography.

The results have been impressive, as borne out by the statistics from a McKinsey and Company study that you will see quoted elsewhere on this page.  Even more impressive than those statistics is the constant flow of feedback from participants and leaders, testifying to improved educational attainment, enhanced employability, better health, and increased participation in civic life.  Our Founder, The Duke of Edinburgh, once described The Award as "a do it yourself growing-up kit". Fifty-three years later, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award has helped hundreds of thousands of young people become better, more engaged Canadian citizens.

I have seen the impact of The Award first hand, as I have watched my own children receive their Awards with great pride and a sense of profound accomplishment.  As Chairman of The Charter for Business, I have been privileged to witness thousands of similar scenes across the country, reflecting the inspiring mosaic of our country.

In addition to meeting these accomplished Canadian youth, one of the most rewarding aspects of my role is working hand in hand with some of Canada's most dedicated and generous corporate citizens.  Our lead corporate partner TD Bank, and our national benefactor Jim Kinnear are just two examples of Charter for Business supporters who truly believe in the importance and benefit of investing in their communities. 

I am proud to serve as the Chair of such a dynamic organization, and wish to sincerely thank my fellow Governors and all the Founding Partners of The Charter for Business for their generosity, support, and leadership.

Currently, over 60 generous corporations and individuals have joined me as Founding Partners of the Charter for Business. In 2016, I ask you to consider joining our efforts to develop the full potential of Canada's young people.  I can assure you from personal experience that it is a truly rewarding experience. 

Where the Money Goes: 

Contributions to the Charter for Business are used to:  

  • Introduce the Award to young people and community organizations in all areas of the country
  • Hire Community Field Officers to work directly with participants and community partners
  • Underwrite participant costs to ensure that there is never a financial barrier to participation 
  • Increase public awareness of the Award
  • Develop the full potential of Canada’s young people