Robert Plamondon

With a passion for Canada's prosperity, unity and security  ...   

Robert Plamondon FCPA FCA, ICD.D is a consultant, independent board member, economist and author. He has expertise in public policy, strategic planning, finance, organizational transformation, performance and risk management, and Canadian history.

Bob currently serves on Senate Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight as one of two external members.  He is also on the board of OPTrust, a defined benefit pension plan that holds $23 billion in assets that funds and administers the pension plan for Ontario’s unionized public servants. Bob is the Vice-Chair of the Government of Ontario Internal Audit Committee and is the former Chair of the Community Services Sectoral Audit Committee.  He is the Audit Committee Chair for Canada's College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents.

A key project for Bob is the transformation of the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute into Canada's preeminent institution for applied governance and leadership development. This includes serving as the Director for the Comptrollership Leadership Development Program and the CIO Institute. The author of five bestselling books about Canada, Bob is the founder and leader of The Prime Ministers Series – a partnership of the University of Ottawa and the Canada School of Public Service. He has also served as a senior advisor to the Equality Fund, which is driving cultural, economic and political change to advance gender equality around the globe; and, to the Métis Nation of Ontario as it implements self-government.

Bob a le plaisir de travailler en français.


Plamondon’s recent board work includes the National Capital Commission where he was the chair of the audit committee and was a member of the executive committee. Bob was elected interim NCC chair by his fellow board members.  Bob has sat on numerous other boards including for the world’s largest running and triathlon timing company. 

Bob has taught on a full and part-time basis at three universities and is the author of numerous public policy studies and reports. He has been frequently published in the Globe and Mail, The National Post, Policy Options, Inside Policy,  Macleans, The Ottawa Citizen and academic journals.

Bob’s extensive experience in 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.

Over his career, Bob has led significant organizational and nation-building initiatives, including:

Bob is a sought-after contributor and  facilitator for public policy discussions.  

The Prime Ministers Series

With the Rt. Hon Jean Chrétien in 2020

With the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney in 1999


Bob is a graduate of Carleton University with a Master of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Commerce (marketing).  He became  Chartered Accountant in 1983 and was elected a Fellow in 2003.  He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and completed the Rotman Directors Education Program to earn the ICD.D designation.

In 2012 was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Community Works

Bob currently serves on the board of the Ottawa chapter of the Sir Winston Churchill Society. Plamondon sat on the advisory boards of the Portrait Gallery of Canada and the Digital Academy of the Canada School of Public Service, which deals with issues around digital transformation, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

 In 1988, Plamondon ran for federal Parliament as a Progressive Conservative. He was one of the longest-serving board members of the Sierra Club of Canada. In 2012, he led a campaign that resulted in the renaming of the Ottawa River Parkway to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. In 2018, Plamondon launched an initiative to establish the Wellington National Mall in the Parliamentary Precinct and a public transit loop along Confederation Blvd. to connect Ottawa and Gatineau transit systems. An avid runner, Plamondon also supports literacy programs in public schools, local writers' festivals, and minor hockey.