Richard (Rick) Thorpe has more than 40 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He was a member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly from 1996 to 2009. During his tenure as a member of the Legislative Assembly, he served as Minister of Small Business and Revenue, Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform, Minister of Provincial Revenue, and Minister of Competition, Science and Enterprise. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Thorpe served on the British Columbia Treasury Board, including five years as the Deputy Chair.
Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Thorpe worked in the Canadian brewing industry for 22 years in a number of senior executive positions in Canada, and internationally. In addition, he was involved in repositioning the British Columbian grape and wine industry and was a partner in an Okanagan winery.
Currently, Mr. Thorpe serves as Chair of the Board of Management for the Canada Revenue Agency and is also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Snowbird Association. A former volunteer Chair of the Fiscal Review Board for the City of Penticton (2010 to 2013), he also has served on non-profit boards, including Agur Lake Camp Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon, and the Board of Summerland Charity Shops Society (Penny Lane).
Mr. Thorpe is a certified management accountant and in 2007 was awarded the Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada—the highest honour given to a certified management accountant.