Eric Rivard was born in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada and completed his B.Sc. (Hon. Chem.) in Chemistry at the University of New Brunswick, where he studied fluorine chemistry with Professor Jack Passmore. He then completed his Ph.D. in the area of inorganic polymers at the University of Toronto in 2004 under the supervision of Professor Ian Manners (now at the University of Victoria). After NSERC sponsored postdoctoral work with Professors Jonas Peters (Caltech) and Philip Power (University of California, Davis), and a brief research stay with Professor Cameron Jones (Monash University), he joined the University of Alberta in 2008 where he is currently a Full Professor. He was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Long-term Visitation Fellow in 2015, an RCMS Visiting Professor at Nagoya University in 2016, and is now an Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellow (2017-2019). He was the inaugural Michael Lappert Lecturer (Royal Society of Chemistry) in 2016 and the recent recipient of the 2018 Strem Chemicals Award for Pure and Applied Inorganic Chemistry (Canadian Society of Chemistry). Eric is also on the Editorial Advisory Boards for Organometallics and Chemical Society Reviews. Research in the Rivard group largely focuses on fundamental main group element chemistry. The group's more applied interests range from the development of new molecular precursors to bulk and nanodimensional advanced materials, the preparation of new phosphorescent materials for OLED and bioimaging applications, and the synthesis of polymers containing heavy main group elements for solar cell technologies.