Richard Morgan was appointed Executive Director of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation on July 16, 2019, after serving a four-year term as Commissioner of the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission from 2014 to 2018. He brings over 30 years of combined experience in government, business and management consulting in several sectors, ranging from natural resources to health sciences.
Richard has a keen understanding of both corporate and governmental organizations and considerable experience in dealing with stakeholders in the environmental and sustainable development area and in formulating and executing solutions for complex issues in the public and private sectors.
In his private sector experience in Montreal, Richard managed operations, communications, and strategic planning in complex environments and highly challenging situations. Further, he has acted as senior advisor to business and political leaders in corporate communications, campaign management, media strategy, reputation management, government relations and business development.
His political involvement included managing the Hon. Peter MacKay’s successful national campaign for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003 and playing a leading role in the negotiations to create the new Conservative Party of Canada.
Richard started his career as Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and later served as his Special Advisor, Director of planning and operations, over a seven-year period in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, in Ottawa from 1986 to 1993.
Originally from Montreal, Richard is fluent in French and English and holds a business administration degree with honours from the University of Ottawa and a degree in health sciences from Collège Brébeuf in Montreal.