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The Full Story

Richard (Rick) was born in Montreal and spent his formative years in Rosemere and Laval, QC. In 1962, he graduated from McGill University, with a Bachelor of Science degree. Rick met his wife Justine and married in Montreal where they started their life together. 

Rick is well known in Hamilton/Burlington as a leader in the financial services industry and in many community organizations. When Rick and Justine settled in Burlington, ON, he concluded his award winning, 50 year career with Great-West Life Assurance Company.


He remains as a Financial Advisor having acquired the Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Planner, Certified Financial Planner, and Chartered Financial Consultant designations throughout his career.


Rick served on several Boards including Chair of the Life Underwriters Association of Canada, Chair of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Estate Planners Council of Hamilton, Chair of the Salvation Army Board of Hamilton/Burlington, Director of the Burlington Golf and Country Club. In addition Rick is a member and Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Hamilton, member of the JBHF Gift Planning Advisory Council.

Nothing is more important to Rick, a cursillista, than his Catholic faith and family. He has been a member of St. Raphael's Parish for 50 years where he serves as Lector, and Minister of the Eucharist. Rick's faith, family and Foundation are continuous sources of inspiration. His wife and children are the center of his universe as he perfects the art of balancing work, family and community in a way that inspires so many around him.

In retirement and throughout their lives, Rick and Justine live their dream of travelling the world. Rick is a wise and intuitive leader who provides guidance to colleagues, friends and family. His boundless generosity touches all who know him.


Following the death of their daughter Tara from complications due to Juvenile Diabetes, Rick and his wife Justine founded the Tara Lynn Giuliani Memorial Foundation. Tara led a full, rewarding life but was a brittle diabetic which led to severe complications leading to total blindness by the time she was 21. Despite her blindness, Tara continued a successful university career at the University of Guelph guided by her faithful companion Sander, her seeing-eye Labrador guide dog. Unfortunately, complications persisted leading to her death in June 1994. A scholarship has been awarded annually to a deserving visually-impaired student at the University of Guelph, in memory of Tara.

Rick's History of Service

Chair of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Hamilton/Burlington

Chair of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation

Chair of the Estate Planners Council of Hamilton

Member and Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Hamilton

Member of the Probus Club of Burlington Lakeshore

Chair of the Life Underwriters Association of Canada

Chair of the LIMRA Research Advisory Group

Director of the Burlington Golf and Country Club

Member of the JBHF Gift Planning Advisory Council

Hockey & Baseball Coach for BLOMHA and BOMBA for several years

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