Robert is a Fellow and Program Lead in Diversity & Innovation at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue (“Creating Space for Transformative Conversations”). Robert (PhD, UC Berkeley) is an educator, researcher/practitioner and consultant in cross-sector, intercultural, and interdisciplinary strategic planning, dialogue and engagement, conflict management, innovation, equity, diversity and inclusion. A moderator and facilitator, he advises on strategic and operational complexities of, and collaborates in leading, institutional change initiatives for educational institutions, government and other organizations.
He was Project Director on three phases of work for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. He also directed a public engagement project for the Government of British Columbia on the new Chinese Canadian Museum. In 2018 he collaborated in the design and facilitation of a professional development initiative to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the Certificate Program in Dialogue & Civic Engagement for SFU Lifelong Learning’s Leadership and Community Building unit. Since December of 2016 he has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Laurier Institution, a national not-for-profit organization established in 1989. He has served on the inaugural Board of Directors of Reconciliation Canada since 2014. At the British Columbia Institute of Technology he served as a Collaborator-Facilitator for “Diversity Circles,” led by a faculty-staff team under the sponsorship of the BCIT Faculty-Staff Association, with funding from BCIT’s first SSHRC award (Colleges and Communities Social Innovation Fund).