Richard is a football executive, lifelong community volunteer in HRM, and a teacher of 29 years, currently teaching business technology and business management at Halifax West High School. He represents Halifax City Local on the Nova Scotia Teachers Union Provincial Executive.
A world leader and builder in the sport of football, he is the President of the International Federation of American Football, the global governing body for the sport. As President, he has led the restructuring of the Federation which, under his guidance, gained entry for flag football into the 2022 World Games and positioned the sport for entry into the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Richard himself has an impressive athletic record, having been drafted by the Toronto Argonauts, and is now involved in football at the organizational level, where he served as Director of Football for University Sport in Canada until the end of the 2020 season.
He has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Graduate Diploma in Mediation, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution from Saint Mary's University.
Richard lives with his wife Cora, who is a healthcare administrator with the Canadian Armed Forces, and their daughter Caitlin. He has an adult son, Theo. MacLean is running for MLA because he wants a better future for his children that focuses on the importance of strong leadership in the delivery of education and healthcare.