Richard has been very active in provincial education issues, has participated in Ottawa's drive to keep public schools open, and has been an active volunteer for the Glebe's Good Morning Pre-School.
Richard served as a Director of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Foundation for seven years. That experience, and his belief that health care must be well-funded and accessible, led him to become an active participant in the provincial health care debate.
The Ottawa City Council appointed Richard as the Capital Ward representative for the City Steering Committee on Traffic Calming in 2001. Richard has also been involved with the Glebe Community Association Traffic Committee.
Richard is counsel to the law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, where he has practised public and regulatory law advocacy.
Richard also currently serves as a Senior Vice-President at Borealis Capital, Canada's leading independent assets manager for institutional investors. He has served on the Board of Directors of CARE Canada and is proud of its projects to provide much needed aid to people in less fortunate countries. Additionally, Richard serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA) and the Canadian-American Business Council.
Richard served with distinction as President of the Ontario Liberal Party from 1992 to 1995. His previous experience includes serving as the President of the Young Liberals of Canada in the mid-eighties and as a dedicated proponent of reform in the federal Liberal Party at the Halifax Reform Conference in 1985. Richard also worked as a Special Assistant to former Prime Minister John Turner and several senior cabinet ministers, in addition to serving as Executive Assistant to Paul Martin from 1988 to 1990. For seven years, he has been an active commentator on politics and public policy for various media, such as TVO's Studio 2.
For more than 20 years, Richard has been an active member of the Ottawa Centre federal Liberal riding association. Richard's commitment to public life and to his community has led to his desire to be the Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre.
Richard, his wife Kathy, and children Tara, Kieran and Aidan have proudly made Ottawa Centre their home for over 14 years.