Bob Plamondon


Bob Plamondon FCPA, FCA is a consultant with expertise in the fields of strategic planning, organizational transformation, performance management, finance, and public policy. 


Bob's recent projects include developing a conceptual plan for a school of government at the University of Ottawa. He has also been a leader in a multi-year transformation in campus management and the university-wide resource optimization initiative that delivered $33 million in annual savings while also improving the staff and student experience.  


In a senior strategic advisory role at the City of Ottawa Bob developed and implemented a suite of financial and management reforms including a fiscal framework, budget challenge process, performance management system, and innovations in the transparency of financial reporting practices.


Bob’s extensive experience in public policy and public sector management includes leading governance evaluations of the board of directors of VIA Rail and EDC.  He also conducted an evaluation of the governance regime for Canada's national debt under the shared authority of the Bank of Canada and Finance Canada.  Bob is the author of Ten Steps to a governance Checkup for the Boards of Crown Corporations and Government Agencies.


Bob’s research and studies were instrumental in achieving the single administration and harmonization of Canadian sales tax and corporate income tax systems. His numerous public sector business case projects include the study that led to the transformation of Revenue Canada into the Canada Revenue Agency. He was also part of a small team that designed and implemented the GST, successfully navigating some of its more challenging policy issues. 


Bob a le plaisir de travailler en français dans le cadre de nombreux projets, et a l’habitude de contribuer dans des contextes de collaborations et de consultations bilingues.


His current board work includes the National Capital Commission, where he is the chair of the audit committee and is a member of the executive committee. At the NCC Bob has supported the implementation of an organization-wide performance management system and an approach to financial sustainability.  He also sits on the board of Sportstats, the world’s largest running and triathlon timing company. He was one of the longest-serving board members of the Sierra Club of Canada.


Bob's passion for Canada was evident in the 2002 nation-wide “Hay West” relief effort in aid of drought-stricken western farmers.  In addition to oversight responsibilities Bob wrote a book about this nation-building initiative.   His four bestselling books on Canada’s history have made an enduring contribution to our national understanding. His work also led the renaming of the Ottawa River Parkway in honour of Sir John A. Macdonald.


In addition to serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for a number of consulting engineering firms, Bob has also taught at three Canadian universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels on a full and part time basis. 


Bob is a graduate of Carleton University with a Masters of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in marketing.  He obtained the designation of Chartered Accountant in 1983. In recognition of a distinguished career, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario awarded Bob the designation of FCPA.   In 2012 Bob was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.


A frequent media commentator, speaker, and writer on national and local issues, Bob is active in his community having served numerous community organizations and boards. The father of four children, Bob has also completed 13 marathons and two Ironman competitions.

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