Riley is proud to call the Riverside Park/Mooney’s Bay neighbourhood of River Ward home. He is a life-long resident of the ward and attended public schools in the same community he now represents.
Following graduation from Brookfield High School, Riley attended the University of Ottawa where he obtained his degree in Economics. He also has a strong background in accounting and business management. Riley spent 16 years at Statistics Canada, where he worked as a Senior Analyst / Economist. In his later years, he managed the Elementary-Secondary Education Survey and then produced data on the International Travel Account (quarterly) and Frontier Counts (monthly). Riley is a published author in both mentioned subjects.
In addition to his work at Statistics Canada, Riley was an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), a professional association that provides services to federal public service economists, sociologists, research analysts and translators. He served as National Vice-President and Finance Chair and co-Chaired Statistics Canada’s Committee of Occupational Health and safety for 5,500 employees.
Riley has contributed to his community in many capacities, including seven years with the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association (RPCRA), six years with the Hunt Club-Riverside Community Centre Board of Directors and two years with the Hunt Club Community Organization (HCCO). He served on the Ottawa School Day Nurseries Inc and two school councils.
From 2003 to 2010, Riley served River Ward for two terms as their public School Board Trustee. During that time, he chaired the Business Services Committee and Budget Committee. He was elected twice by his peers to serve as Vice-Chair of the School Board, during which time he chaired all Committee of the Whole meetings, In Camera Meetings, as well as Suspension and Expulsion Appeal Hearings. In 2009, Riley was elected Vice-President of the Ontario Public School Boards Association by Trustees from across Ontario.
Riley was first elected to City Council in 2014, was re-elected in 2018 and again for this third term in 2022. Riley represents the City of Ottawa on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and also serves on the Executive Council, Chairing the Regional and Single Tier Caucus.
Riley is a single father with two fantastic daughters who both attend school in River Ward.