Rick Colbourne has a demonstrated record of leadership, success and international experience in education; the creative and cultural industries; and communications, media and high technology. He attended the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School in the United Kingdom where he earned a PhD in management and organizational learning. Prior to joining the Sauder School of Business, Rick was Executive Director of the Learning Strategies Group (LSG), in the Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University where he was responsible for bridging the faculty’s research, knowledge and expertise with the learning needs of corporations, communities and associations. He led an accomplished team of professionals in the development of customized learning solutions for many local, national and international businesses and corporations.
Most recently, Rick led the design and delivery of the Leadership Exchange in partnership with the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) in Vancouver. A first in Canada, the Leadership Exchange program provided Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal senior leaders with a unique opportunity to experience each other’s work and cultural environments. The program was successful in fostering respectful and mutually beneficial relationships through encouraging the development of participant insights into how Corporate and First Nation senior leadership roles, responsibilities, motivations and values influence business related decision-making processes.
Before joining Simon Fraser University, Rick was the Director of the MA in Music Business Management (MA MBM) program at the University of Westminster, London, UK. During his tenure in the School for Media, Arts and Design, the MA MBM was recognized as a world-class leader in music business management education that effectively prepared students to become the next generation of music industry leaders. The program collaborated with a wide range of UK music industry organizations to provide students with practical opportunities to learn the strategic skills, competencies and knowledge required to respond to the industry’s new and emerging business models, technologies and digital markets. Rick was recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Learning by his students and the University of Westminster.
Prior to joining the University of Westminster, Rick was a Senior Manager with Accenture’s Communications, Media and Entertainment practice and was considered one of the firm’s leading global music industry experts. He was responsible for the development of Accenture’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Music Exchange Prototype that addressed specific industry concerns with P2P music sharing. While at Accenture Rick worked with many leading and innovative companies of the time that included Sony Music, Warner Music, SAP, Oracle, XM Satellite Radio, ASCAP, SoundExchange, BestBuy, AT&T WebCents, Audible Magic and Loudeye. Rick Colbourne is a member of the Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation.