Before being elected, Richard Ryan was a community organiser and worked for 12 years within several community groups dealing with immigration and intercultural relations before moving into the field of healthcare where he has worked for the past seven years. Mr Ryan has lived in Mile End district for 20 years. He is involved at different levels in his borough concentrating his efforts these past two years in his work with the Comité des citoyens du Mile End. He is part of the organizing team that established the Citizen Process on the Revitalization of the St-Viateur East Sector (the industrial sector of Mile End). This process mobilized hundreds of Mile End citizens to get involved in planning the future development of this area. Father of an eleven year-old girl, Mr Ryan is also involved at Lambert-Closse school.