Rick Caron joined the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) in 2001 with the classification of University Mathematics. He was club president in 2010-2011, a year in which the club won the Dick Hedke Award. In 2012, he won the Jim and Dianne Moore Club Service Award, regarded as the Rotarian of the Year award. In 2009 Rick led the District’s Group Study Exchange team to Hungary and in 2013 he was awarded the District’s Council of Governor (COG) award. Rick is a Major Donor, a Benefactor and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
He and his wife Wendy have two children. Matthew practices corporate law in Leamington and Julie, a Rotarian, is an MD in Toronto. Rick is a founding director and inaugural president of the Canadian World Education Foundation (CWEF). Julie is the founder of the Tanzania Chapter of CWEF and Rick is the chapter’s Rotary Liaison Officer. Wendy is the secretary-treasurer for CWEF-TZ and the treasurer for CWEF. In partnership with SASCO, a non-governmental organization in Tanzania, Rick is involved in educational sponsorships water projects, farming, education and small business development projects.
Rick earned his PhD in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1983 and then started his career as professor at the University of Windsor. He was department head from 1991 – 1997, Dean of Science from 1999 – 2008 and is now serving another five year term as department head. He finished his term as dean with a 93% approval rating. He served as president of the Canadian Operational Research Society in 1999, as a Director of the Canadian Mathematical Society from 2001 – 2005, and from 2009 – 2011 was chair of the Canadian National Mathematics Training Camp. Rick has won several teaching awards, including the prestigious Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations award in 2013. Also in 2013 he won a national award for his work with Tim Hortons providing software tools for supply chain network optimization. He has won a service award from the Canadian Operational Research Society in 2009, was elected a full member of the Operations Research Society of America in 1993 and has been in the Who’s Who of Canada since 1997.