The Richardson family business has been a cornerstone of commerce in this country for 164 years, including a rich 90-year history in financial services. Richardson Wealth is successful in attracting advisors and partnerships largely because of the name on the door and everything it stands for. James Richardson & Sons (JRSL) dates back to 1857 when the company started as a one-man grain merchandising operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Now well into its second century of doing business, JRSL has grown into a respected, multi-enterprise corporation, with successful operations in financial services, agri-business, oil and gas, trucking, commercial and property insurance, and real estate. JRSL remains one of Canada’s largest private companies.




Muriel Sprague Richardson

Known as “the shy baroness of brokerage”, Muriel was the fifth president of James Richardson & Sons, Ltd.



Known as ‘the shy baroness of brokerage’, Muriel was the fifth president of James Richardson & Sons, Ltd. Read more about her remarkable history in this Macleans article from 1957. Read more. In 1939, Muriel Richardson succeeded James A. Richardson as President of JRSL. The first woman to head a large corporation, she set the standard for all who followed. Within three months of Mrs. Richardson’s presidency, Canada was at war for the second time in 25 years. Under her administration, the Firm assured the job security of any personnel volunteering for military service and lent its expertise in a number of war efforts including operating pilot flight training schools, JR grain personnel were loaned to new government departments to assist in the distribution of agricultural commodities to the allied forces, JR financial services personnel were actively involved in the sale and marketing of War Victory Loan Bonds and JR personnel lead a national effort collecting clothes for families in need overseas.

Muriel Richardson may have been continuing the work her husband started, but she left her own mark on the business, particularly in the rapidly-growing Securities Division. Her respected leadership even led Maclean’s magazine to recognize her as “ The Shy Baroness of Brokerage.” In 1981, she was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame – the first woman to ever receive the honour.