Bob Richardson provides strategic public affairs counsel to large organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
With more than 25 years of public affairs experience, Bob’s expertise includes federal, provincial and municipal government, issues and crisis management, stakeholder engagement and profile building for a wide variety of clients.
Bob’s private-sector experience includes Executive Vice-President, Public Affairs, for Edelman Canada, Senior Vice-President at Ipsos Reid and Vice-President at the Angus Reid Group.
In 2003, Bob co-founded the Devon Group, where he built one of Ontario’s most respected government relations agencies. Devon’s clients included Labatt Brewers of Canada, Scotiabank, Cineplex, SmartCentres and the Government of Ontario. Devon was sold to Edelman, the world’s largest public relations company, in 2014.
In the Ontario government, Bob served as Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Energy.
A frequent commentator on political and business issues, Bob has appeared on CBC, CTV, Global, BBC, Radio-Canada, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Newstalk 1010.
As Chief Operating Officer of Toronto’s 2008 Olympic bid and a leader of Toronto’s successful bid for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Bob has attracted international multi-sport games to the city.
Active in the community, Bob sits on the boards of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Canadian Soccer Association (FIFA) and George Brown College. In recognition of his community service, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Bob speaks English and French, is a graduate of Carleton University and lives in Toronto.