University of Windsor Alumnus Is the Negev Dinner Honouree

A University of Windsor alumnus and retired sports executive is being honoured Tuesday evening.

Richard Peddie is the 2018 honouree of the annual Negev dinner presented by the Jewish National Fund of Windsor. 

He calls it an honour to still be remembered by Windsor.  "I left Windsor a long time ago but I still think of myself as kinda a blue collar Windsor boy in heart. I have a place in Amherstburg and I'm engaged in the university, says Peddie."

Peddie was the CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for 14 years which launched the Toronto FC soccer franchise and built the Air Canada Centre and BMO Field.

Since leaving MLSE, Peddie has become very vocal about urban planning, cycling and walkable communities.

"There are a lot of best practices in cycling and transit and parks and I'm always disappointed when places like Toronto and Windsor aren't paying attention to the best practices," he says. 

Peddie believes great cities cost money and are created with revenue, courage and political will. "Windsor is famous for freezing taxes for years, you run out of revenue and you can't do the things you need to do to make a great liveable city"

The Negev dinner is set for June 12 at the Ciociaro Club.


With files from Patty Handysides