About the Cmoliks

The Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in British Columbia, is named in honour of Russ Cmolik and Ellen Cmolik, long time supporters of Simon Fraser University. Russ and Ellen established the Cmolik Foundation in 2008, which supports post secondary scholarships and enriched learning opportunities to students from across BC.

Russ Cmolik is a Chartered Professional Accountant and former President and Chief Operating Officer of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc., the leading industrial heavy equipment auction company in the world, where he worked for twenty-nine years and served as President from 1991 to 2002.

Ellen Cmolik’s career in accounting has spanned thirty years. Ellen possesses both Charted Professional Accountant and Certified Financial Planner designations and has worked in industry, non-profit, public practice and teaching. She is passionate about ensuring the availability of education for BC youth.