Rob is a 25-year seasoned veteran of the software industry and has excelled in senior roles ranging from Chief Technologist , VP of Product Management to Director of Marketing & Communications. He is a passionate open data advocate, promoting the use of open data for social good and business creation. In June 2016, Rob founded the Open Data Institute Ottawa Node to help crystallize the open data movement in Ottawa. Rob is also an organizer for the Open Data Ottawa, Ottawa Civic Tech and Data for Good Ottawa meetup groups.
In the past year, Rob has presented several national and international events including the Canadian Open Data Summit where he presented on the “Rise of the Citizen Data Scientist”. He presented at the Open Data in Action conference in Seoul, South Korea and recently represented Ontario civil society at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris. Rob recently co-hosted International Open Data Day event with the Federal Treasury Board and is currently on two of the Ontario government’s Open Government advisory committees.
Rob is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Veracify, a data strategy and storytelling company based in Ottawa. Rob has a BSc. in Data Analysis from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.