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Rob Abbott is a pioneering strategy and social responsibility catalyst in Canada; a much sought-after facilitator, moderator and content-weaver; a coach to entrepreneurs and executives; and a professor of global management and strategy.

Rob’s experience in medical life sciences includes appointments as a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network (CGDN), and the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation.  He subsequently became CEO of CGDN, a role that required him to regularly discuss advances in gene-based medical research on the one hand, and the translation of that research into practical diagnostics and therapeutics on the other.  He has also advised provincial and federal health authorities in Canada and abroad on a wide variety of issues, including the role of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics in the delivery of health care.

Rob writes and speaks on strategic environmental issues regularly, and is the author of Uncommon Cents: Thoreau and the Nature of BusinessConscious Endeavors: Business, Society and the Journey to Sustainability; and co-author of the forthcoming book, The Future of Mining: 7 Steps to a Globally Sustainable Industry.  Rob is also working on a book, called Walking Toward the Edge: From Heartbreak to Hope in an Age of Loss.

Rob has taught courses and delivered lectures at several universities in North America including the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard.  He has also taught at universities in China, Thailand, and Mexico.