Bob Plamondon


Bob Plamondon FCPA, FCA is a consultant, board member and a writer with a passion for history and Canada.

As a consultant with expertise in the fields of strategic planning, organizational transformation, performance management, finance and public policy, Bob's recent projects include developing and delivering on a plan for a school of government at the University of Ottawa. 

He current board work includes OPTrust where Bob sits on the Governance and Audit committees.  OPTrust holds over $20 billion in assets and funds the pension plans of Ontario public servants who are members of OPSEU. 

His recent board work has included the National Capital Commission (2015-2018), where he was the chair of the audit committee and was a member of the executive committee.  He was elected interim chair by his fellow board members.   He also sat on the board of Sportstats World, 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 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

In 2019, Bob conceived and launched The Prime Ministers Series - a partnership of the University of Ottawa and the Canada School of Public Service. Delivering Transformative Change for Canadians with the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney was held in Ottawa on March 5, 2019, in front of over 500 aspiring and senior public servants. Speakers included David Dodge, Michael Sabia, Barbara McDougall, Derek Burney, Pauline Browes, Wayne Wouters, and Michael Wernick.

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.

Over his career, Bob has made significant contributions to the betterment of Canada, including:
  • Leader in a multi-year resource optimization initiative for the University of Ottawa that delivered $33 million in annual savings while also improving the staff and student experience  
  • A key member of a small team at Finance Canada that designed the GST
  • Prepared the business case that transformed Revenue Canada into Canada Revenue Agency
  • Undertook the background work that fundamentally changed the way provinces interacted with the federal government in the assessment of personal income tax and that led to the single administration of corporate income tax in Ontario
  • Key contributor to the design of the governance structure for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • A breakthrough agreement on the Ottawa light rail system that saved a billion dollars, protected the riverfront, added 60% more green space and will lead to the construction of a $30 million world-class park
  • Policy advisor to a major Canadian financial institution 
  • Author of numerous articles and op-eds as well as five bestselling books about how Canada was built and how it succeeds

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 Fellow -- FCPA.  Bob has also taught at three Canadian universities at the undergraduate and graduate levels on a full and part-time basis. In 1988, Bob ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the general federal election.

His work also led the renaming of the Ottawa River Parkway in honour of Sir John A. Macdonald.  In 2012 Bob was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.

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.


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. He actively supports literacy programs in public schools and is a board member of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa. The father of four children, Bob has also completed 13 marathons and two Ironman competitions.


Bob's most recent of his five books is now available on Amazon.

JEAN CHRÉTIEN’s critics have said he was a man with a short attention span — a small-town hick who stumbled his way to become Canada’s 20th prime minister. Whatever credit the Chrétien government deserved was often given to Paul Martin, the heir apparent who was touted to be the brains behind the operation. But while Chretien was the subject of ridicule, he was quietly giving his competitors — both inside and outside of the Liberal party — a master class in politics, leadership, and nation-building. His decisions, which often ran counter to elite opinion, fundamentally reshaped and strengthened Canada as it entered the 21st century. Relying on new evidence, detailed analysis and exclusive interviews with former cabinet ministers, provincial premiers, political staff, strategists, and high-ranking bureaucrats – many of them speaking publicly for the first time – bestselling author and historian Bob Plamondon tells the surprising inside story of the Chretien years, including: · What Chretien would have done if the 1995 referendum had ended in a vote for separation · How Chretien kept Canada out of the US-led war in Iraq · Why a lifelong Liberal was the most conservative prime minister in Canadian history · The shocking details of the Chretien-Martin feud Until now, the story of Chretien’s time as prime minister has been largely misunderstood. Plamondon sets the record straight and provides compelling lessons about political leadership and problem-solving from a critical chapter in Canadian history.

"Having written two volumes on Chretien back in the day, I can assure you that Plamondon's book has much to add. I highly recommend it."

From the Literary Review of Canada:
"...[Bob Plamondon[ has contributed something rather unique to the existing scholarship.... going deeper into the political woods than most have ever ventured...  e has helped prove that Chrétien’s fable is not one of a sneaky snake, but rather of a crafty fox who used his down-to-earth personality, pseudo-populist demeanour, faux fiscal prudence, and heaps of political smarts to charm Canadians for more than a decade.

From Rick Van Loon - former President of Carleton University 
The Shawinigan Fox is an enjoyable and easy read for Canadian political junkies and very suitable for even the casually interested.
Written in a straightforward style characterized by short punchy paragraphs, some data and lots and lots of anecdotes based on extensive interviews, it makes a strong case for its protagonist...While the book is highly favourable to Chretien, it is not a hagiography. For example the prime minister's handling of the sponsorship scandal and the shady dealings that led up to it lead Plamondon to assess the scandal as one of the very worst in Canadian history. Overall, this is a very well done popular political biography with lots of fascinating detail about the Chretien years. There will no doubt be other, perhaps even more fully researched and maybe more neutral, but they are unlikely to be a better read.

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