Sprague Richardson, 35, of Winnipeg, was born and raised in Headingley, Manitoba. He was blessed to grow up knowing and exploring the Delta Marsh, because his family has owned a weekend property there since it was purchased by his great grandfather, James A. Richardson, more than 100 years ago.

The family loves hunting the marsh and has gone beyond to develop a deep appreciation for all the wetland does to benefit the environment and the economy of the area. Today, Richardson feels an important duty to give back so future generations can enjoy all of Delta Marsh’s benefits the way he has.

Richardson is president of Western Canadian Aerial (WCA) and its group of affiliated companies — an aerial application business he acquired in 2016.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba with a double major in agricultural business and economics. He also obtained his commercial pilot’s license and began working in aviation as an aerial applicator. He then developed WCA, operating 17 aircraft with a focus on agricultural spraying across the Canadian prairies. Most recently, he expanded the business into forestry, spraying across Ontario and Quebec.

His current board positions include Kingston Midstream (a pipeline business in Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Fort Whyte Alive Capital Campaign (an environmental education and recreation center in Winnipeg) and the Siobahn Richardson Foundation (a family foundation with a focus on youth environmental education).

Richardson enjoys hunting waterfowl, upland birds and big game. He has hiked on Elsmere Island, Mount Kilimanjaro and various trails across Canada. He sails on Lake of the Woods and flies privately more than 100 hours each year.

His addition to the Delta Waterfowl board of directors allows him to expand his personal philanthropic focus on the environment, education and recreation.