John Risley is President and CEO of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated, a diversified holding company operating internationally. In this capacity, he serves as Director of Columbus Communications, a Caribbean based provider of undersea fibre and triple play broadband services to 22 countries in the region. He is the founder and a director of Ocean Nutrition Canada, a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Life Sciences Company which is the world’s leading provider of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. John is also a Director of Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership, one of the world’s largest shellfish harvesting and processing companies. In addition to being the largest and controlling shareholder in each of these three businesses, Clearwater holds a major stake in Highliner Foods, a Canadian based TSX listed seafood processing company.
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 Chairman of the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, 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 1997. 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.
John is a Canadian citizen and resides in Chester, Nova Scotia.