Honourary Associate Member Info

Angela Bugera, Bugera Matheson Gallery, Edmonton AB

The Bugera Matheson Gallery (formerly Agnes Bugera Gallery) opened in 1992 and has since been representing an excellent group of established and emerging Canadian artists. The gallery transitioned from mother to daughter Angela Bugera Matheson in October 2012.The name Bugera Matheson Gallery may be relatively new, but the gallery has long history.

The first iteration of this gallery was opened in 1985 by Angela’s mother, Agnes Bugera.  It was called Gallery on Whyte because it was located on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton.  Agnes enlisted the help of Terry Fenton, who was consulting at that time, and between his tenure as Director of the Edmonton Art Gallery and his future position as Director of the Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon.  Over the years the Fentons and the Bugeras became more than colleagues. In 1990, Agnes closed Gallery on Whyte because her father was ill, and the lease was up.   In 1992 with partner Irene Kmet, Agnes re-opened the gallery with the name Bugera/ Kmet Gallery.  They opened on the gallery walk and had a successful partnership for 10 years.  In 2001 the Gallery became Agnes Bugera Gallery.  Agnes continued to run the gallery until 2012 when Angela gave up her IT business consultancy to take over.  

Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Anthropology (University of Alberta, 1989) as well as a master’s in environmental studies (York University, 1993).

Angela Bugera Matheson synthesizes her business expertise with her love, knowledge, and deep passion for art to offer her clients a first-class art experience with every visit to her Gallery. “Art enriches my life and it brings me great joy to help people find with meaning through art.”  

Art Gallery of Alberta Community Gallery c/o Elizabeth Hill

The Art Gallery of Alberta’s Community Gallery program supports local community groups who are interested in curating and producing diverse art exhibitions. Through the program, the Art Gallery of Alberta provides a venue for these exhibitions and supports their production, installation and promotion. The program is undertaken in a spirit of collaboration, openness and knowledge sharing. The Community Gallery space features up to five exhibitions per year and is always free to the public. 

Previous Community Gallery partners include: The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, 5 Artists 1 Love, Nextfest Arts Company, the Bissel Centre and the Alberta Society of Artists.

Ann E. Calvert, Ph.D., MBA, ICD.D Professor Emerita, University of Calgary

An extensive CV includes Senior Advisor to the Provost.  Achievement Highlights include Academic Program Renewal in Art, Music and Drama. Ann developed a media arts program base and founded the Centre for Research in the Fine Arts.  The Faculty’s procurement of Grants, prizes and awards increased significantly during her deanship, including both federal and provincial grants and fellowships, the Governor General’s Award, the election of two colleagues to the Royal Society of Canada, and many other institutional, national and international honours. In the area of Arts Advocacy, Ann carried a message of excellence and distinction regarding programs and activities within the institution, throughout our communities, and to government.

CONTEMPORARY CALGARY, Calgary, AB, David Leinster Chief Executive Officer

Contemporary Calgary aims to provide Calgary and its visitors with a significant visual arts destination dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The former Centennial Planetarium, itself a significant work of architectural art, is being transformed into a world-class gallery where we will deliver outstanding local, national and international contemporary art programming. Core to our vision, we aspire to become a leading voice among arts institutions by embracing our values of being welcoming, inclusive, engaging and relevant. Contemporary Calgary began with a collaboration of visual arts partners including the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Art (IMCA), the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MOCA) in co-operation with members of the Calgary visual arts community. We believe in the power of art to transform the places and the lives we live. We share a passion for art that is relevant, meaningful, and challenging. We share a passion for Calgary to be a global city of choice.

Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery (Kriztina Wood, Managing Director)

Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery is operated by Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association, a charitable, not for profit organization. Its mission is to provide and promote education in the Arts for everyone. Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery has been an integral part of the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass for over thirty years, bringing enrichment to a community where arts and culture is highly valued.

Allied Arts has provided exhibitions to the community, since its inception in 1986, when its location was the basement of the Blairmore Public Library. Relocation to the Frank Hall took place in 1991. Official recognition as a “Public” Art Gallery was realized in 1995 by Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Since then the Art Gallery has not only provided the community with a rotational program of local, provincial, and national exhibitions, but has also offered workshops throughout the year to adults and summer fun programming for children during the summer months. These are researched, developed and administered by a summer student employee, through our mentoring program. The Gallery also engages in fundraising activities, the most popular of which are the Annual Chili Bowl Festival in the winter and Marty’s Market of fine arts and crafts in the fall. Fundraising is only one part of these endeavours; most importantly they intend to bridge the gap between art and the public, and these events have over the years become major community events, everyone in the Crowsnest Pass looks forward to. 

Anne Ewen, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB

Chief Curator of Art & Heritage, Anne Ewen has a long history of curatorial experience.  Throughout her career she has worked with hundreds of artists and taught and mentored numerous museum professionals. She has been awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta and both an Award of Merit and an Outstanding Service Award with Alberta Museums Canada.  Anne is also on the Board of Easter Seals Alberta. As Director of Ewen & Associates, Anne has consulted in the areas of strategic planning, policies and procedures, development, and offered curatorial expertise.

Deborah Herringer Kiss, Director, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Vice President, Art Dealers Assoc of Canada

Established in 2002 and a proud member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, the Herringer Kiss Gallery focuses on contemporary fine art by emerging, mid-career and established artists from across Canada and the United States.  The gallery’s programming includes solo, duo, group and thematic exhibitions in all mediums that support interesting and engaging dialogue of the current art world.  The gallery is dedicated to the promotion of our artists and placement of their work in important collections as well as working with individual clients to assist them in building strong collections.  The gallery is located in the neighbourhood of Sunalta with over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space, free street parking and across the street from the Sunalta LRT station.   

 

Deborah Herringer Kiss has her bachelor’s degree in Art History and also studied Interior Design at Ryerson University and Business Management at the University of Calgary. She has been working in the Calgary visual arts for over 20 years. Before opening the Herringer Kiss Gallery, Deborah was active in the visual arts community working for other galleries, volunteering with the Calgary Artwalk Society and the Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts (now Contemporary Calgary) where she was a member of the curatorial committee. Deborah has been instrumental to a number of fundraising initiatives for such organizations as The University of Calgary, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts and KOAC (Kiyooka Ohe Art Centre).  Deborah has volunteered on the Art Dealers Association of Canada Marketing, Membership and Communication committees and became a Member of the Board of Directors in 2014, was elected Secretary in 2016 and then elected to Vice President at the AGM in October of 2019.   In her role with the ADAC, Deborah has organized several Calgary ADAC gallery hops and a nationwide gallery hop to commemorate the 50th Anniversary year of the ADAC. 

Marilyn L Horne

I answered a call in 1985, for a Volunteer at the Muttart Public Art Gallery in Calgary.  I was required two days a week to handle the Accounts Payable.  After 8 months, the gallery was successful in acquiring a S.T.E.P. grant.  At the completion of the grant,  I became a full time employee.  My duties for the next 12 1/2 years consisted of Office Manager, Travelling Exhibition Coordinator for District 3, Volunteer Coordinator and Curator.  As many changes were taking place in 1997, I became acting Executive Director/Curator.  

At this point in my career, it was just the right time to move on.  For the next five years, I became the Curator/Consultant at the Chateau Lake Louise, producing their historical history in black and white photographs in all public areas. From 2003 to 2008, I was the Manager/Curator, Alberta Society of Artists, Travelling Exhibition Program, District 3, Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Although I have retired 3 times, I currently curate 4 showings a year at The Aviemore Condominium Complex in Calgary.

Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre, Calgary, AB

Is a year-round, sustainable, art-in-nature destination dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual arts. As a cultural attraction, the Centre will provide a personal interaction with contemporary art for the surrounding community, Calgarians, and tourists. KOAC is a not-for-profit public art Centre that focuses on lectures, symposia, workshops, programming, and exhibitions of local and international contemporary art. As Katie Ohe likes to put it, the focus of the Centre will be on “the three R’s” – Retreat, Research and Residence. Therefore, the KOAC concept comprises an art gallery, studio spaces for emerging artists, a research library and vast collection of artwork amassed over more than six decades, all surrounded by a botanic sculpture park in a rehabilitated wetlands and a woods sanctuary. 


Some of the different buildings in the Art Centre include the founders’ home residence, a modern structure that will be transformed into an interpretive gallery, workshop area and library research centre. The existing studios, where Katie and Harry currently practice, will be shared with emerging artists to provide multiple studio spaces. The Centre’s future pavilion will house the KOAC collection and programming and other art exhibitions.  

Christine Klassen, Director Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary, AB

Established in 2007, Christine Klassen Gallery is a commercial gallery in a renovated mid-century warehouse located in the up-and-coming Manchester Industrial area in Calgary, Alberta. CKG staff are art educated, knowledgeable in a variety of areas, and above all, friendly and approachable. CKG specializes in beautiful and thought-provoking contemporary art from Canada and abroad, with a strong focus on Alberta-based artists (approximately half the stable is comprised of Alberta artists). CKG is proud to represent a talented group of well-known and up-and-coming artists united by their craft-intensive approach to art-making.

Danielle LaBrie

Danielle LaBrie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta (1990) and a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies from the University of Athabasca (2009), which focused on cultural studies and equity. Her research interest lies in where Canadian women visual artists are situated in society, and the challenges these women face in developing careers as artists. Ms. LaBrie has been the driving volunteer force behind the development of the Women’s Art Museum of Canada (WAM). The Society was started in October 2006 as an initiative to establish a museum dedicated to preserving women’s visual heritage in Canada. It was the first Canadian undertaking of its kind, and, indeed no small task to develop a national museum in the west.

Through Ms. LaBrie’s dedication and tenacity, the museum finally opened its doors November 1, 2015 in La Cité Francophone, where it has continued to grow and evolve. Ms. LaBrie was WAM’s first President (October 2, 2006 to September 25, 2019). She was awarded national recognition for her work by receiving the 2019 Museum Volunteer Award from the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums in collaboration with the Canadian Museums Association.

Levis Fine Art Auctions (Doug Levis), Calgary, AB

Based in Calgary, Alberta, LEVIS Fine Art Auctions and Appraisals was established in 1992 by its principal Doug Levis. As an art auction house we are multi-faceted. We hold two live auctions a year, multiple online auctions and occasionally host specialized auctions for estates, corporations and galleries. We also offer art storage, appraisals, consultations and various other art services. Levis Auctions operates with an emphasis on honest and authentic relationships with both clients and colleagues. Our friendly and professional approach is partnered with knowledgeable and scholarly expertise. We have sold over 40,000 pieces since our inception and continue to be a contributing factor to arts and culture in Calgary and Alberta.

As a company we value community involvement and regularly donate our time and services through benefit auctions with charities such as the Jack Long Foundation, Stride Gallery [Calgary], Two Rivers Gallery [Prince George], Trout Unlimited, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre and the University of Calgary Art Department. We also donate our appraisal services for art galleries and foundations all over Western Canada.

Masters Gallery Ltd, Ryan Green

Masters Gallery opened it’s doors in 1976 making it the oldest art gallery in Calgary and one of the few in Canada to carry both living and historical works. Its goal has always been to seek out and council its clients to the finest examples from a broad spectrum of Canadian painting, drawing and sculpture. Whether a piece was created in 1890 or the present, it focuses on one thing: quality. 

Through exhibition only displays, museum sponsorships, and education initiatives Masters Gallery is committed to sharing art with the public. In 2019 it provided support to more than half a dozen outside exhibitions, including lead sponsor of Sybil Andrews at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary to Canadian Impressionism in Munich, Germany. It’s collaborative education programs like Young Masters, hosted dozens of classrooms from the Calgary Public school board. It’s outdoor art program Stage22 erected the last monumental bronze of the late Joe Fafard to the public on 4th street in Calgary. 

Ryan Green is the president and owner of Masters Gallery Ltd. He has over 20 years of experience as a dealer of Canadian historical, post war and contemporary art with a speciality in Group of Seven and mid-century Quebec Abstraction. He received his MA in the History of Art from the University College London, England and a BA in Art History from the University of Calgary. He has instructed courses on European art history for the University of Calgary’s continuing education department where he created and taught the inaugural course on Canadian Art History and Appreciation. He is the founder of Young Masters, a collaborative initiative with the Calgary Public School Board to introduce elementary school students to important Canadian art and artists. Ryan is a Canadian friend of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, England and a distinguished patron of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

LuAnne Morrow, BA JD

LuAnne has been practicing law for 18 years and is currently Counsel with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  As a lawyer her focus is on intellectual property law which blends well with her extensive arts background.  Before attending law school LuAnne studied theatre and was a professional actor.  She co-founded The Shakespeare Company in Calgary and directed, acted and produced over 30 productions with the company. As a lawyer she frequently represents visual and performing artists and arts organizations and advocates for artist rights.  LuAnne was on the board of the National Music Centre for three years and helped open Studio Bell at the National Music Centre, and  she continues to provide pro bono legal services to the NMC. LuAnne has also served on the boards of many other charitable organizations including Women in Film and Television.  She is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, named one of the Best Lawyers in Canada (Advertising and Marketing Law and Intellectual Property Law), and one of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars and as a  World Trademark Review WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Ms. Morrow has been volunteering her time, providing ASA legal advice on some matters.

Nickel Galleries University of Calgary Curator:  Christine Sowiak

Nickle Galleries creates impact through exhibitions, collections and programs, serving as an active point of engagement for visual art, artists, cultural producers and audience. The core of the Nickle’s artistic activities is concentrated on Calgary and Alberta artists, the only institution within the matrix of Alberta public galleries with this concentration.

As a public gallery, the Nickle is an active part of the art community of Calgary and Alberta and operates as a vital part of the national network of galleries and museums. Our community is an equal mix of campus and cultural contributors, and our programs are designed with both facets in mind, but also with the larger goal of creating meeting opportunities between the two. This connection is central to our mandate, such that the Nickle actively creates collaborations with many community partners.

The Nickle develops programming to augment accessibility to exhibitions, including lectures and visiting artist programs, panel discussions and symposia, didactic panels and gallery handouts, and exhibition catalogues. Nickle Galleries presents 26 noon hour lectures that provide a public dialogue with our exhibitions and collections

Christine Sowiak’s area of research and expertise is modern and contemporary Canadian art with a particular focus on artists from Western Canada. She has developed the collection of Nickle Galleries in this area since 1997, and in that time has curated more than 50 solo and group exhibitions, several accompanied by significant catalogues. Sowiak has written and lectured extensively on the work of Alberta and Saskatchewan artists, both for Nickle Galleries and in collaboration with artist run and public galleries in those provinces. Christine Sowiak also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art, University of Calgary.

Seka Owen, RCA  Artist

Born in Croatia, Owen switched her allegiance from science to art later in life, studying as a mature student at the University of Alberta in the 1970s. Her works have been exhibited widely and collected by significant private and corporate collectors, as well as included in the principal public agency collections of Edmonton. In recognition of her varied and accomplished series of creations, she was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Alberta Society of Artists. Central to Owen’s development and her identity as an artist is her long and significant engagement with formalism. As she studied and emerged as an admired exhibiting artist, Edmonton and the University of Alberta were hotbeds of activity, exploration and commitment to modernist abstraction. Owen served in the education program of the Art Gallery of Alberta, bringing this message to countless students. It is in the arena of abstraction that she has made her most compelling works. Over a 35-year period, her touch and approach have evolved, reflecting changing attitudes and postures. From 2005 until 2012 Seka served on the Board of the public Triangle Public Gallery with fundraiser and curatorial responsibilities. From 1980 until recently, Seka was a valued Juried Member of the ASA, serving on various committees, an active volunteer and President in 1996.   

DLA Piper Canada c/o Jarrod Isfield, Managing Partner, Calgary Office

DLA Piper is a leading global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the world.  Building strong relationships with community is a responsibility DLA takes seriously. In Calgary, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is proud to recognize and support emerging artists through a unique event – Art & Martinis – at which guests from Calgary’s business and art communities enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation while viewing an exhibition of original art.

Since its inception 13 years ago, DLA Piper’s Art & Martini Reception has facilitated the sale of more than 730 works of art created by students from the University of Calgary’s Department of Art. The sale of art to private collectors has raised more than $85,000 for the benefit of U of C art students. Individual artists receive all proceeds from the sale of their artwork which helps not only with tuition fees and the purchase of supplies, it provides an opportunity to combine their talent with business experience.

The brainchild of DLA Piper partner, the late Robert Calvert, Q.C. and Peter Deacon, Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Calgary, the event has grown exponentially over the years . Clients, educators and artists look forward to this wonderful event which is held in the spectacular Winter Garden (Jamieson Place) in March of each year.

Portia Priegert: Editor of Galleries West Magazine

Portia Priegert has written about Western Canadian artists for various publications for more than two decades. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and has taught an introductory course on arts writing at the University of Victoria. Her other experience includes working as the director of an artist-run centre and as a reporter at the Calgary Herald, the Hamilton Spectator and Canadian Press bureaus in Toronto and Ottawa. Originally from Alberta, she has been the editor of Galleries West magazine since 2012

Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Anna Ostberg, Calgary, AB

We are located on a quiet residential street in Calgary, Alberta and provide a relaxing spin on the Canadian contemporary arts scene. The Ruberto Ostberg Gallery has become a favorite haunt of corporate buyers, collectors and drop-in community visitors. Contained within the gallery space is The Purple Door Art Studio, a vibrant centre for artists both established and emerging. Visitors can view exhibits, talk to artists at work and even take art classes through the Purple Door Art Studio.
“I wanted to create a gallery space that moved beyond the image and exclusivity of the typical urban gallery, the goal was to establish a comfort zone where anyone, despite their art sophistication could come and appreciate some of Alberta’s most talented artists.” 

Bente Roed

Bente Roed was educated at the University of Alberta and received an MA in Art History in 1976. She curated many exhibitions in Edmonton, (including F. Gravel, Contemporary Edmonton Prints, Laureat Marios, Inuit Art, Jessie Oonark) and was the author of Printmaking in Alberta, 1945-1985 / Bente Roed Cochran. — Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 1989. She served for many years as the Director of Alberta’s University Teaching Service (UTS) and was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Gary D Sinclair Phd

Gary has volunteered for the ASA since 1985, supporting the society through various means: administrative, technological, and organizational.  He improved infrastructure regarding gallery lighting, designed and built plinths, hosted functions and promotions, and photographed events.  Gary was and still is a go-to person for shipping and receiving and any help the Society requests. 

Tom Tait: Publisher of Galleries West Magazine

Galleries West was launched in 2002 by Calgary publisher Tom Tait after he noticed that artists and exhibitions in Western Canada often received little attention outside their local communities. The print magazine, with a circulation ranging from 17,000 to 28,000 copies, was distributed through art galleries at no charge to readers three times a year. Galleries West moved to an exclusively digital model in 2016, seeking to build community engagement through the immediacy of digital technology. The magazine, which releases a new issue every second Tuesday, is accessible on all digital platforms and devices without an app or a pay wall.  Our searchable database includes hundreds of exhibitions, user-friendly interactive maps to help you locate galleries, and information about art-related services like framing and shipping. This unique one-stop resource is updated daily for your convenience. Whether you are planning an art hop, shopping for canvas or looking for a ceramics class, check here first.

Nancy Townshend, MA (Art History)

An Art Historian, curator, lecturer, and art researcher, Nancy is the author of four books, Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains 1809-2012 (Calgary:  Bayeux Arts, 2012), A History of Art in Alberta  1905 – 1970 (Calgary:  Bayeux Arts, 2005), Maxwell Bates:  Canada’s Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century (Calgary: Snyder Hedlin Fine Arts, 2005), and Calgary Allied Arts Foundation:  20th and 21st Century Cultural Aspirations for a Loved City (Calgary:  Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, 2017).   Nancy co-curated the major art exhibition, Maxwell Bates:  At the Crossroads of Expressionism for the Art Gallery of Alberta/Edmonton Art Gallery. She was curator of the Virtual Museum of Canada website on Maxwell Bates for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and a website on Donald W. Buchanan for Lethbridge College.  Nancy worked for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts working as a researcher and writer digitally on the Collections. She was a public art gallery Curator/Gallery Administrator/Education and Extension Officer in Alberta and BC and Cultural Consultant II for the Visual Arts Branch. She was a past Board member of the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation and the Alberta Visual Arts Board. 

Where Edmonton Community Artists Network (W.E.C.A.N.) Society

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre

WECAN was formed in December 1987 by a group of Edmonton-based artists as a grass roots not-for-profit organization after a successful art auction fundraiser organized by this group to aid the victims of the 1987 Edmonton Tornado. The group devoted its attention and energy to creating Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, a permanent art center for Edmonton’s growing and vibrant visual arts community and community at large. The mandate of W.E.C.A.N. Society is to operate Harcourt House Artist Run Centre in support of artistic endeavours that are essential to a healthy community. Since its inception in 1988, Harcourt House has established itself as an open, viewer-friendly forum for the best in Canadian and international contemporary visual /new media arts, architecture, and design. It carries out this mandate by providing art exhibitions and art education programs of the highest caliber in support of the local arts community and Edmonton’s diverse audiences. 

Harcourt House serves the general public, the separate and public-school system, college and post-secondary educational institutions, and community centres through its exhibitions and educational programs. Harcourt House assists local artists in their professional development with opportunities to exhibit and receive feedback, from discussions with viewers to the critical writing generated by the show. The international exhibition program that Harcourt House presents to the public in Edmonton is also of highest interest to the local ethnic communities, who in turn eagerly demonstrate their support. Exhibitions from other national and international art centres provide an occasion for the general public, artists, and art students to contemplate visual culture in a broader context.

In addition, Harcourt House comprises the single largest community of visual arts studios in Alberta by providing 42 affordable and sustainable studio facilities to artists as well as exhibition and art education facilities, thereby creating an environment of artistic vibrancy and community spirit that cannot be matched anywhere else in Western Canada, and possibly in the whole country. 

Walterdale Theatre, Edmonton, AB

Walterdale Theatre, at 60 years old, is one of Western Canada’s oldest amateur theatre groups. With the exception of a paid part-time Administrator, Walterdale Theatre is operated entirely by volunteers with a love of theatre. Members of any age and background have the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of live theatre. We do it for love, not money. Like the Alberta Society of Artists, Walterdale Theatre is registered Canadian charity.  The Alberta Society of Alberta Showcase Gallery has been located in the Theatre lobby for well over 10 years.

Richard White

For 30 years, his “day job” took him from scientist to director/curator of a public art gallery to executive director of downtown business association to manager of a 3D animation studio and finally an urban development consultant.  All the while – when travelling for work or pleasure – he honed his flaneuring skills. For the past 15 years, he’s written on topics ranging from public art, parks, pathways, plazas and urban revitalization in cities large and small. In 2000, Richard was named Calgarian of the Year by Cityscope Magazine (now Avenue Magazine) for his passion in championing the revitalization of Downtown, especially Stephen Avenue Walk.  In 2005, he received an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his significant contribution through his leadership and community involvement. Today, Richard is a full-time everyday tourist searching for new experiences and surprises as he wanders the streets, parks, plaza and alleys of Calgary and other cities.