UCP Critic for Economic Development, Trade & Jobs
Richard Gotfried was first elected as MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek on May 5, 2015.
Richard is the opposition critic for the portfolios of Economic Development & Trade, Seniors & Housing and Energy.
Born and raised in Calgary, Richard spent several years of his childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, allowing him the opportunity to develop a broad, global perspective on many issues. After studies in economics and political science at the University of Calgary, Richard enjoyed a two decade long career with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, furthering his appreciation of Alberta’s place on the global stage, while developing relationships and cultural competencies with respect to the Asia-Pacific region.
Richard has accumulated significant business experience in various key sectors, having worked in senior executive roles in the building and development industry and with Calgary Economic Development, allowing him to bring valuable insights and real-life perspectives to his legislative role.
Richard is a long-time business and community leader, having served in a variety of in scouting, school athletics, trade, business, industry and charitable organizations.
A passionate community builder, Richard is proud to have built many strong and enduring relationships in the charitable and non-profit sector. He also was key in the founding of the PEAK Home Ownership Program with Habitat for Humanity, and was instrumental in establishing an innovative community partnership with Calgary’s Trico Centre for Family Wellness.
Richard is a proud Calgarian, passionate Albertan and patriotic Canadian. He and his wife Cathy have lived, worked and raised their three children in Calgary-Fish Creek for the past 25 years.