Richard is dedicated to making communities better, and is proud to represent Edmonton-Rutherford.
He spent over a decade teaching with the Edmonton branch of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work. Prior to this he was Program Director of the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Vice-President of Edmonton's Catholic Social Services. He also spent over a decade in private social work practice.
As Minister of Indigenous Relations, Richard has demonstrated his commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and has proudly worked with Alberta’s Indigenous communities to begin fulfilling the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, taking action to make life better for Indigenous peoples in Alberta.
Richard holds a Masters of social work from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of social work from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta.
Richard was born and raised in Edmonton and he lives in the south side with his wife and three children.