The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) is so proud that the District Governor for 2017/2018 is our member and Past President Rick Caron. Since 2001 when he joined our Club Rick has ..
 embraced the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. One of his Rotary highlights was leading the 2009 Group Study Exchange team to Hungary. He has won our Club’s award for Rotarian of the Year (2012) and the Council of Governors (COG) Award in 2013. He is a Major Donor, a Benefactor and is a member of both the Paul Harris and Bequest Societies of the Rotary Foundation.
Over the last few years Rick’s Rotary work has focused on 4 international projects in partnership with his daughter Julie who is also a Rotarian with the Toronto Skyline Club. They work with the Tanzania Chapter of the Canadian World Education Foundation. Julie founded the Tanzania Chapter and Rick was a founding director and first president of the Canadian Work Education Foundation. In partnership with SASCO in Tanzania and Rotary they are involved in water projects, farming, education and small business development projects.
In his spare time, he is Head, Department of Mathematics at the University of Windsor. Rick also enjoys getting away to the family cottage with his wife Wendy.
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.