John Risley, Chair

Chair, Board of Directors


President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.

John Risley is President and CEO of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated, a diversified holding company operating internationally. In this capacity, he serves as Chairman of Columbus Communications, a Caribbean based provider of undersea fibre and cable t.v. to 21 countries in the region, and Ocean Nutrition Canada, a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Life Sciences Company which is the world’s leading provider of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and is a Director of Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership, one of the world’s largest shellfish harvesting and processing companies.

Mr. Risley is very active in community affairs, sitting on the Board of a number of charitable organizations. He is Chair of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Nature Conservancy. He regularly engages in public policy debate, is a member of the World President’s Organization, The Chief Executives Organization and is a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s President’s Program and Leadership.

He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 1999. He has received numerous awards, including Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and a Canada Award for Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

He lives in Chester, N.S., with his wife Judi.