Supply teacher by day, city councillor by night, Robert is a well-known community leader and speaker. He is passionate about climate change, social justice, democratic reform, and good jobs. Robert is also the chair of the National Basic Income Canada Youth Network and board member of the Climate Caucus.

When not working with his students, for his constituents, or at City Hall, Robert can be found engaging to non-profit organizations and campus groups on advocacy and environmental issues.

He also likes to design houses, read theology, hike, and spend time with family and friends.

Robert with students from Queen’s University political studies summer institute aftera seminar on provincial politics (2018).

Robert earned his honours degree (history) from Trent University and his education and masters degrees (public administration) from Queen’s University. His academic research focuses on seniors’ health and aging-well. He was the executive director of the Council on Aging from 2013-2014 and has written a number of award winning grants and papers on seniors’ issues.

Robert and Meredith, his wife, live in Trillium District in the neighbourhood they grew up in, with their fur-baby, Lolli the Labradoodle.

Family selfie (2020).