Richard Peddie was born and raised in Windsor and received an honorary LLD from college in 2001. In 2012, he retired as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns franchises. professional sports, including the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and the Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.
“We are very pleased to support the Windsor Law Center for Cities because of its interest in evidence-based best practices and its belief in taking a science-based approach to policy making in municipalities of all sizes,” Richard Peddie said in the article. He added that the work of the center would potentially benefit communities in the Windsor-Essex area.
Richard and his wife, Colleen, moved from Toronto to the city of Amherstburg and established the River Bookshop in 2020.
The center has worked with Richard Peddie on several occasions in the past, including supporting the launch of Thrive Amherstburg, a place-building council he co-founded with Lauri Brouyette, a business developer.
According to information from the centre’s website, the center was founded in November 2019 to provide opportunities for students, faculty, city governments, community organizations and advocates to exchange ideas and collaborate towards achieve the objectives of sustainable and inclusive local governance. .