#32 - Rick LeLacheur - Captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings to CEO of the B.C. Lions

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Move over LeLacheur, we’ve got one more to add to the Top Cheddar podcast. Rob and Cam were thrilled to have Rick LeLacheur join us on this episode. He started his sporting life as a hockey player but switched sports through the years all the way to his current position as team president of the BC Lions in 2020 bringing a wealth of business and professional sports experience to the role.

A native of Edmonton, Rick was formerly the president and CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos from 2002 to 2011. In that time, the Eskimos enjoyed two Grey Cup wins in 2003 and 2005 and hosted tremendously successful Grey Cup Festivals in 2002 and 2010. His duties in Edmonton also included serving as an alternate on the CFL Board of Governors as well as chairman of the CFL’s Audit Committee and a member of the league’s Executive Committee.

An accomplished business executive, Rick’s passion for sports dates back to his junior hockey days. He was the AJHL rookie of the year with the Edmonton Western Movers before moving on to become a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings. When his playing days ended, he joined the family business Western Moving and Storage in 1967. He was named president in 1982 and served in that capacity until 1992 when the company was sold.

From 1992 to 1998, he served as president and CEO of Economic Development Edmonton (EDE). Skillfully building a vast network of influential business owners and volunteers, he played a critical role in Edmonton’s winning bid to host the incredibly successful 2001 World Championships in Athletics.

Rick’s highly-respected and influential business practices have been sought out numerous companies and an organizations. As a result, he’s spent time on a number of boards including a six-year term as chairman of Alberta’s Workers Compensation Board (WCB), Chair of Horse Racing Alberta and six years on the board of Travel Alberta, including a two-year term as chair.

He has also served on the boards of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, TELUS Corporation, Allied Van Lines Ltd and Prairie Land Corporation.

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Top Cheddar is hosted by Cam Moon (Mooner) & Rob LeLacheur (Lolly) who chat with those who have excelled in hockey and the world of business. The entertainment is plenty as we get to hear some terrific hockey stories from all of the different hockey leagues and some Stanley Cup tales for good measure. 

In addition to the great hockey stories, we chat about the career(s) they've enjoyed since leaving the ice and we get to learn how hockey has helped them through their time in business and entrepreneurship. 

The Top Cheddar podcast is produced by Road 55, a content creation marketing firm located in downtown Edmonton, Alberta. 

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