Rob is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development.
Rob has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada.
In Saskatchewan, he led the development of the provincial economic strategy. In Newfoundland and Labrador, he was Director of Research and Principal Author of the 1995 Report of the Newfoundland Task Force on Community Economic Development, entitled Community Matters: The New Regional Economic Development and also led the development and co-authored A Strategy for Small-Scale Manufacturing in Newfoundland and Labrador, which was launched in 1999. Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar.