Rick Baker has over 35 years' of voluntary, administrative and leadership experience in parasport. He is CEO-General Manager of the Ottawa RA Centre, a private, accessible sport, recreation, fitness and hospitality centre with 22,000 members and 350 staff providing over 50 different sport and recreation activities for people of all abilities.
Rick was previously the General Manager of the Glenway Country Club in Newmarket, Ontario, and has served as a Ontario Sport and Recreation Consultant in the City of Ottawa, and as a Senior Director in Kanata, Newmarket and Hamilton. His first career position was as a Sport and Recreation Director for the Royal Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. Rick has also worked as a Professor in Hospitality and Leisure Studies at George Brown College and the University of Ottawa.
Rick was one of the co-founders of the Ottawa Sports Council for the Physically Disabled, was the Games Co-ordinator of 10 Eastern Ontario Regional summer and winter sport Games for the Physically Disabled, partnered the introduction of sledge hockey in Ottawa, led volunteer teams for the Canadian Special Olympics, and chaired Ontario Winter and Summer Games Committees in Ottawa. He was a key strategist for the 2010 City of Hamilton Commonwealth Games and Paralympic bid and served as Co-Chair for the 2013 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, held in Ottawa. He has served as President of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and Canadian Society of Club Managers in Ottawa.
Rick holds a Master's Degree in Education, an Honours Degree in Leisure Studies, and a Diploma in Recreation Leadership.