About Rick

 

Rick was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly in October of 2011, and is proud to serve as the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex in the 41st Parliament of Ontario.

Rick strongly believes in building solid working relationships not only with those at Queen’s Park but also within his constituency.  Shortly after Rick was elected, he was asked what it was like to be the MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex.

“Before the election, my family consisted of my wife, three children and a dog,” he said. “Now my family consists of over 110,000 people! I will work hard and represent all of them at Queen’s Park and in my riding.”

Throughout his private sector career with a major truck assembly plant, a major natural gas utility and in the training and professional development sector, Rick’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him work with some of Canada’s most renowned companies via the Nicholls Training Group. His work has taken him throughout Canada and the United States extensively – including an opportunity to twice address the Canadian Embassy to the United Nations.  Some of his major business sector clients have included both the US and Canadian governments, financial, automotive, manufacturing, hi-tech, insurance, retail, hospitality,  and educational institutes, to name a few.

At home, Rick is a proud husband, father, and grandfather, and has been an active member within the Chatham-Kent community. Rick has been involved with the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, an award winner at the international level with the Chatham-Kent Toastmasters, and president of Gideon’s International of Canada – Chatham, coaching little league baseball and sponsoring girl’s minor soccer.  Rick’s community involvement has also included Softball Canada as an umpire, for which he was recognized by the organization for his knowledge of the game, professionalism, and the ability to “make the tough calls”. This experience as an umpire has been useful in the Ontario Legislature – Rick serves as one of its Deputy Speakers. He consistently demonstrates his passion for his work as the current Official Opposition Community Safety and Correctional Services Critic and is not shy when it comes to addressing the tougher issues at Queen’s Park and within his riding. Past Critic roles include Deputy Labour Crtic and Sport, Recreation & Youth Critic.

Rick’s personal goal is to be “Accessible and Accountable” to the constituents he serves. To that end, and to further compliment his primary constituency office located Chatham, he recently opened a second constituency office in the community of Leamington, which now has an MPP presence for the first time in over 20 years. 

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