About Rick Perkins
Rick Perkins was raised in Nova Scotia. A resident of St. Margaret’s Bay, Rick’s family has lived in the South Shore – St. Margarets federal electoral district for more than 270 years and were founding families of several communities on the South Shore.
Rick’s ancestors were farmers, shipwrights, fishermen and carpenters. Rick is a business leader who has worked in both the public and private sectors and has founded several small businesses. Rick has led businesses in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. A retail business leader, most recently Rick engineered the takeover of the largest private-sector alcohol retailer in Alberta and British Columbia.
Rick is a community leader who has served in volunteer roles for several important organizations in Nova Scotia including serving seven years as Vice-Chair of the Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech Foundation and the Neptune Theatre Foundation.
Like far too many Nova Scotians, Rick had to leave the province after high school to find work. He returned home 15 years ago to help turnaround one of Nova Scotia’s leading retailers.
Rick has also served on the Retail Council of Canada’s Public Affairs Committee and Chief Marketing Executives Committee and its Government Relations Committee; as well as the Chief Marketing Executives Committee of the Conference Board of Canada. He was the founding President of the Saint Mary’s University EMBA Alumni Association.
Rick holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University where he received the Gold Medal as top student.