Originally from London, England, Riyaz moved to Vancouver more than 50 years ago, where he and his wife raised two daughters.
Riyaz entered the family business, North American Tea and Coffee Inc., in 1977. He later became the sole owner of the company, and expanded it to become one of Canada’s largest private-label manufacturing and distribution companies. In 2013, Riyaz sold the company to Treehouse Foods, for which he continues to work as a management consultant.
Riyaz’s years in business taught him the intricacies of manufacturing and distribution, sales and marketing of customer brands, developing and implementing strategic plans, financing, human relations and succession planning. Beyond his consultant role, Riyaz also serves as a board member and member of the risk management and audit committee for Junior Achievement of British Columbia. Riyaz has been a credit union member for more than 25 years.