Committed to our community
In addition to the corporate financial donations it makes every year, Richardson also works closely with non-profit organizations, which share our values of promoting safe, sustainable and environmentally-conscious agricultural and environmental practices.
Richardson has a particularly strong relationship with United Way of Winnipeg. Employees sit on various United Way cabinets and committees and almost 100% of employees participate in Richardson’s pre-arranged tours of local United Way agencies. Richardson has been the recipient of several United Way awards for its staff participation and donations. In fact, James Richardson & Sons, Limited and its affiliated companies, including Richardson International, has been inducted into United Way Canada’s “Thanks a Million” Club, recognizing organizations that have collected over one million dollars in one year through their workplace campaign.
Richardson Charity Golf Classic
Richardson proudly hosts an annual charity tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta. With a vision of “Growing Our Community,” non-profit organizations are invited to register their projects as a potential recipient of proceeds, with the winning submission chosen based on the value of the project to the community and the number of the people that will benefit from the proceeds. Since its inception in 1991, the Charity Golf Classic has raised and donated over $1.2 million.
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Richardson partners with Ducks Unlimited in promoting environmentally-sustainable agriculture practices. Richardson’s support includes donating farmland to create sustainable land use systems in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the development of the Wetland Centre of Excellence Program at Kelburn Farm, which includes a student mentorship component to support ongoing wetland education.
Agriculture in the Classroom
Agriculture in the Classroom is a non-profit organization that teaches students where food comes from and how it gets to our tables. Richardson has representation on the Board of Directors and a deep involvement in the development of introductory agricultural education programs for school-aged children, including hosting the Amazing Agriculture Adventure program at Kelburn Farm.
Manitoba Canola Growers and Canola Council of Canada
Richardson, in conjunction with these partners, has developed the Canola Learning Centre at Kelburn Farm to introduce urban students to the production and uses of canola and other crops.
Pembina Trails School Division
Along with Ducks Unlimited, Richardson has been instrumental in the development of the Wetland Centre of Excellence Program at Kelburn Farm, including a student mentorship component to support ongoing wetland education.
Richardson collaborates with universities and colleges in many respects, including research and educational initiatives pertaining to agriculture and food science.
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Richardson Ag-grow-land, the permanent agriculture exhibit at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina, gives kids an opportunity to explore the growing world in an up close and personal way. The 2,000-square foot interactive exhibit highlights current farm practices, celebrates the science and cutting edge tools of modern day agriculture in Saskatchewan and demonstrates the influence that the province’s farming industry has around the world.