Richard Roy has been on the job since June 29 as the new facilities manager for the Jewish Community Campus.
As facilities manager, Roy is responsible for 21 Nadolny Sachs Private (the Joseph and Rose Ages Family Building housing the Soloway Jewish Community Centre), 31 Nadolny Sachs Private (the Ottawa Jewish Community School building) and 11 Nadolny Sachs Private (which houses Tamir, Early Beginnings Daycare, and the offices of several other organizations).
Roy grew up in Gatineau and studied electronics and commercial design at the Asticou Centre. After graduating, Roy worked as environmental services manager at the Montfort long-term care home for four years and as a facility manager for SNC-Lavalin for two years, where he managed Crown-owned buildings.
He went on to spend about 10 years in facilities management for the federal government before accepting his new position with the Jewish Community Campus.
As facilities manager, Roy oversees the mechanical, security and custodial aspects of the campus, as well as dealing with leases and property management.
He describes his work as currently being “an ongoing process” because he arrived in the middle of several projects that were already in progress or ready-to-go.
While he has not yet had an opportunity to implement any new changes on campus, Roy is looking toward the future.
“For the next five years, I’ve got some ideas and changes I want to implement,” he said.
“I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but I want to make changes for the better financially, and get the management side of the campus to run better.”
Leslie Kaufman, vice-president for corporate services at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, said Roy checked all the right boxes.
“He brings management experience and he brings hands-on experience. He has knowledge of buildings like this, and we felt he had the right customer service attitude for the job,” she said.