President, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association (OGHA)
Dick began his career with Carleton University in 1966 and remained fiercely loyal to the school until his retirement in 1999. During his time at Carleton, Dick served as Assistant Dean of Students, coach of the Ravens basketball team, Director of Student Housing and Food Services, as well as Director of Human Resources for 18 years. Following his retirement, Dick joined the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association (OGHA) as their first Executive Director and continues to serve as President. In this role Dick helped establish the very successful Destination Marketing Fee program which generates some $7M in support of Ottawa’s tourism industry. Over the years Dick has been a key player in many business and community service activities, including the Ottawa Business Journal Editorial Board, the City of Ottawa Business Advisory Committee, the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association Board of Directors and the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors.
Mona Fortier has worked in the public, private, and community sectors for more than twenty years and currently is leading a new consulting firm in strategic communications. Recently, she was Chief Director of Communications and Market Development at La Cité College, where she had been working since 2008 and was previously Executive Vice-President of Equinox Public Affairs. With several years of experience in strategic communications and project management under her belt, she possesses outstanding expertise in brand management, media relations, public relations and in business development.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Ms. Fortier holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences (with a major in Sociology). She has made a name for herself with her organizational, strategic, and managerial leadership, as well as her results-oriented management style.
Adding to her expertise and talents, Ms. Fortier has, over the years, built up an impressive network of contacts that she is continually adding to through her personal and professional activities. She is actively and voluntarily contributing to several organizations at a regional, provincial, and federal level. Deeply involved in her community, she is currently a board member of the Montfort Hospital (as Secretary) and chair of Santé Montfort. She is also serves on the board of the Ottawa Convention Centre and is member of the Provincial Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs. Ms. Fortier has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Young Achiever’s Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.
Richard Patten is the former MPP for Ottawa Centre, having served from 1987 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2007. He was Ontario’s Minister of Government Services from 1987 to 1989 and Ontario’s Minister of Correctional Services from 1989 to 1990. During his 5 years out of government, he was the President of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Eastern Ontario. Under his guidance, the children’s hospital first Research facility was built, which attracted doctors from around the world.
Before entering public life, Mr. Patten had an extensive career in Canada and abroad, working with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). He also served as President to the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.
Upon leaving politics, Richard began working as a consultant with Plasco Energy Group in Ottawa and a couple of other young companies, mainly in the environmental and innovative area. At present, Richard acts as a special advisor to a literacy organization called Arrowmight.
Though Richard contributed immensely to his community through his public service, it is his volunteer efforts that have had the greatest impact. Upon leaving government, Richard established the Richard Patten Aboriginal Student Bursary to help alleviate some of the financial barriers preventing Aboriginal students from getting a post-secondary education. He also worked with the Canadian Council for the Blind to help develop employment training programs to ensure that their clients had the skills they needed to succeed in a competitive work place.
In addition to those roles, Richard presently fundraises for the Wabano Aboriginal Community Health Centre, serves on the Algonquin College Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Student Access, is a Founding Board Member of the Lord Stanley Commemoration Group and is a Board Member of the Institute for Mental Health Research and the Ottawa Botanical Garden Society. Finally, Richard is on the Board of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.
Richard and his wife Penny have two wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren.