Richard Arthur Northwood Bonnycastle (born September 26, 1934 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) He is a Canadian businessman who is the former owner and publisher of Harlequin Enterprises (Harlequin Enterprises was founded in 1949 by his father Richard H. G. Bonnycastle) the world’s larges publisher of romantic fiction and an owner of Thoroughbred racehorses Harlequin Ranches. He is part of the Bonnycastle family founded in Canada by British military officer, Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle.

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  • Richard Arthur Northwood Bonnycastle (born September 26, 1934 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) He is a Canadian businessman who is the former owner and publisher of Harlequin Enterprises (Harlequin Enterprises was founded in 1949 by his father Richard H. G. Bonnycastle) the world’s larges publisher of romantic fiction and an owner of Thoroughbred racehorses Harlequin Ranches. He is part of the Bonnycastle family founded in Canada by British military officer, Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle. Dick Bonnycastle was educated at Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1956 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. After graduation he worked for the Great West Life Assurance Company and subsequently, Richardson Securities of Canada as a Corporate Underwriter. Concurrently, he operated Cavendish Investing Ltd., to which, commencing in 1968, he devoted all of his time. Dick has had a distinguished business career spanning more than half a century, including decades of experience on the corporate governance side as the Chairman and Independent Director of many Canadian Corporations as varied as Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. (1968-1981), Torstar Ltd. (1975-1982), The Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDIC) (1978-1988), National Leasing Group, Bracknell Corporation(1983-1990), Patheon Inc. (1984-1986), Rupertsland Resources Ltd. (1975-1983), Westco Restaurants Inc. (founders of Moxies)(1992-1996) and Western Feedlots Ltd. (1970-1978) to name a few. Dick is currently Chairman and President of Cavendish Investing Ltd. and Pacific Iron Ore Corporation. Within a few years of taking over from his father, he moved the company's operations to Toronto, Ontario where he would build it into a major international force in the book publishing industry. By 1971, Dick Bonnycastle had orchestrated the buyout of British publisher Mills & Boon and had contracted with Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster to distribute the Mills & Boon novels in the United States. In addition, he oversaw expansion to Australia in 1974, The Netherlands in 1975, set up a joint venture in 1976 in West Germany and in 1977 established a subsidiary in France. Dick Bonnycastle saw his company grow to where it would command eighty percent of the romance fiction market in North America. In late 1975, Toronto Star Ltd. purchased a 52.5 percent interest in Harlequin Enterprises and in 1981 acquired the balance of the company's shares. Dick has also published 4 books, To Ride the Wind – Albert Hochbaum, A Gentleman Adventurer, I Fought Reil, My Life with Birds – Angus Shortt Dick is a supporter of various causes related to nature an the environment and has been on the Council, Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education (1988-2015), Trustee, Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (1990-1995), Founder (one of 10) of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association (1988), Trustee North American Wildlife Foundation, operating Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station (1978-1988) (en)
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  • Richard Arthur Northwood Bonnycastle (born September 26, 1934 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) He is a Canadian businessman who is the former owner and publisher of Harlequin Enterprises (Harlequin Enterprises was founded in 1949 by his father Richard H. G. Bonnycastle) the world’s larges publisher of romantic fiction and an owner of Thoroughbred racehorses Harlequin Ranches. He is part of the Bonnycastle family founded in Canada by British military officer, Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle. (en)
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