Sunday, January 8, 2017

#KiliTeam2017: Rick

Mount Kilimanjaro is not a mountain you can climb on your own. In fact, it is made mandatory by the government that visitors wishing to summit Kili must climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This helps to sustain the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.

The professional career of our next climber would make him well-versed to provide further insight into the above requirements for visiting Kilimanjaro. 


Rick Byers is a business consultant, Board Member and adventurer, having completed a 33-year career in infrastructure finance and investment, government, and accounting. Rick began his career in accounting with Thorne Riddell/KPMG, then moved to Ottawa and worked for the Minister of Finance Hon. Michael Wilson. This was followed by sixteen years with BMO Capital Markets in public sector banking, and seven years with Borealis Infrastructure, the infrastructure arm of the OMERS Pension Plan. Rick currently sits on the Boards of the Toronto Transit Commission and PPP Canada Inc., and the Advisory Board of InstarAGF Asset Management Inc., as well as the Boards of Trinity College School and the True Patriot Love Foundation.

In January of this year, Rick joined a group of 8 Canadian soldiers and 18 civilians on the True Patriot Love expedition to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica. Rick and his wife Margot are proud parents of three fine young men, and are looking forward to the expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro in January, 2017.

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