About Richard DECARIE
RICHARD DECARIE, ENTREPRENEUR
Coming from the business community with extensive professional experience in strategic communications, public and governmental relations and organizational development, Richard Décarie held key, senior roles in conservative politics. Mr. Décarie served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition for Stephen Harper when Mr. Harper was Leader of the Canadian Alliance and the new Conservative Party. Décarie was Chief Organizer of the Québec campaign for Stephen Harper in the 2004 Leadership Campaign of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).
Previously, Mr. Décarie fulfilled various roles in the political offices of the Government of Québec, notably as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry and Commerce, and as co-chair of the winning leadership campaign of the Honourable Daniel Johnson, Premier of Québec, 1994.
More recently, during the last general election campaign for the Government of Québec in 2018, Décarie worked successfully for the election of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) government, as director of the organization of the electoral riding of Soulanges in western Québec.
In 2014, Richard co-hosted the lunch time talk show “Duhaime le midi” on RNC Media’s Radio X Montréal 91.9FM. From September 2014 to August 2015, Décarie was the political commentator on Radio 9 Montréal’s daily morning talk show, “Lemieux in the Morning,” promoting a True Blue conservative perspective on the issues of the day.
In respect of his NGO experience, as its Chief Executive Officer Richard Décarie led Food Banks Québec, a non-profit organization federating 15 regional organizations and more than 1,000 food banks across Québec, and he sat on the Provincial Associations Council of Food Banks Canada. Richard also chaired World Vision Canada – Québec.
Richard Décarie’s post-secondary education includes graduate studies of all but thesis in Philosophy – Applied Ethics from the University of Sherbrooke, a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Québec in Montréal, and a Leadership & Management Development Certificate from the Harvard University Extension School for Professional Development.
Richard Décarie is a practicing Catholic. He is married to Manon Carrière, has a daughter, Gabrielle, and a stepdaughter, Marilyn. Richard lives in the Montréal suburbs.