A/ Sub Lieutenant(NL) Mike Rickards, CD Slt(NL) Rickards was raised in Oakville and took full advantage of Lake Ontario boating. An active sailboater, SLt(NL) Rickards completed CYA Level 5 and raced various sized boats at the club through International levels. In 1994 SLt(NL) Rickards joined the Naval Reserve at HMCS Star in Hamilton, and completed his transfer to the Regular Force Navy in 1996 as a Naval Combat Information Operator. Based on the West Coast SLt(NL) Rickards was able to travel extensively to both North and South America, Asia, and Australia. SLt(NL) Rickards served twice in the Persian Gulf. One of the first Joint Interface Control Officers in Canada, SLt(NL) Rickards had the privilege of drafting the tasking order for information sharing of tactical picture awareness during exercises, preparing for the Vancouver Olympics.
SLt(NL) Rickards became involved with the Sea Cadet program when his oldest daughter joined RCSCC OAKVILLE. He soon became a member of the local Navy League Branch, and last served as the Branch President. SLt(NL)Rickards transferred to NLCC ADVENTURE with his second daughter, and have stepped back into uniform as one of the Officers. SLt(NL) Rickards lives in Oakville with his three daughters and wife.