Richard Burgess, Burlington Business Lawyer

Richard Burgess is the founder and principal of the Burgess Law Office. Rick is a lawyer and member of the Bars of Ontario and California. He practised corporate and commercial law in Toronto for 10 years prior to acquiring and operating a business in the Niagara area for 6 years.

In 1997, Rick began involvement in dispute resolution. Following completion of courses in Mediation offered under the auspices of the University of Windsor Law School, Rick began mediating commercial and workplace-based disputes. In 1998, he became a part-time instructor in the U of W’s mediation courses, where he continued for several years.

In 1999, he began providing a community-based mediation service to the City of Burlington, dealing with neighbourhood related conflicts.

Rick has also taught courses in Business Law and Employment Law in the Continuing Education Programs at Niagara and Sheridan Colleges. He has spoken to business audiences on such topics as customer service, human resources, motivating employees and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has also presented on estate planning matters, buying & selling a business, shareholder agreements, professional corporations and Employee Share Ownership Plans.

Rick holds a B.A. (Honours) in Business Administration from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto.

Community service is important to Rick.

Rick is a recipient of:

a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded by the Government of Canada on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, in recognition of contributions to Canada;

the inaugural Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce;

a Paul Harris Fellowship awarded by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world;

a Five Year Volunteer Service Award from the Government of Ontario in honour of a commitment to volunteerism;

a Pearl Award presented by the Art Gallery of Burlington on the occasion of its 30th anniversary in recognition of dedication and commitment to the visual arts and the growth of the organization;

a Certificate of Appreciation presented by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce in recognition of 10 years of continuous service.

He is the immediate past chair of Burlington Theatre Board Inc., which is charged with managing Burlington’s Performing Arts Centre.

Rick is the past Chair of the Burlington Community Foundation Board, a position he held from July 2008 to July 2010. He is Past Vice-Chair of the Halton Police Services Board, Past President of the Board of Creative Burlington (formerly Performing Arts Burlington), Past Chair of the Board of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Board of the Burlington Art Centre and a former member of the Board of the Burlington Art Centre Foundation. He served as a member of the Board of Management of Tansley Woods Community Centre, and on the Burlington Downtown Symposia and the Downtown Waterfront Advisory Committee. Rick also was a member of the Mayor’s Post Secondary Task Force and the McMaster Burlington Transition Team. Rick served on the Board of Summit House, which provides assisted housing to intellectually challenged individuals, and was for 4 years the Chair of the John T. Tuck School Council.

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