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.