Robert recently retired from Industry Canada where he was the assistant deputy minister responsible for science and innovation. He held this position between 2009 and 2014, and before that he served at the assistant deputy minister level at Finance Canada where he co-managed the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch. Over his career he had responsibilities in a number of areas including program management, policy development and supporting ministers.
Robert is a native Montrealer where he studied economics and finance at McGill University. He now lives in Toronto.