About Rob

Rob can work with Councils and Boards both new and old to help them to understand their responsibilities in the community, their role with employees and how to work within the parameters of their new position and achieve their goals. He can walk them through the relationships of each level of government. During their term on Council he can assist elected officials and staff in setting strategic priorities and adapting to change; whether that be staffing or as a result of community changes. The experience learned from supporting the Town of High River in its recovery from Canada’s worst natural disaster is now being made available as Rob has several presentations for a range of audiences he has been delivering.

Rob provides insight into the workings of government & organizations in both the public and private sector. Recognized for his ability to see the big picture, Rob works to enable others to find & articulate their vision. His keen understanding of the role of urban economics and the relationships between policy development, regulatory bodies, the political environment and the real world allows him to assist organizations seeking support & guidance through their planning & implementation process.

With a demonstrated ability to facilitate corporate, government and public discussion, Rob helps his clients to see and clearly state their objectives and to prepare a path to achieve their goals. His down to earth approach allows him to communicate in ways that are understood by all participants and to overcome obstacles, including those posed by cross cultural and language barriers. He has proven his ability to discover opportunities for collaboration and efficiencies between all stakeholders. Rob's strong presence and neutral stance make him an excellent choice to moderate the most challenging of public meetings.

Continuing Professional Development

Rob attended and presented a session to the 2016 Annual PIBC Conference in Kelowna. In 2015 Rob participated in a session to the North Central PIBC Chapter Annual Conference in Prince George and in 2014 Rob presented sessions to the PIBC Annual Conference in Vancouver and the CIP Conference in Fredericton, NB. He continues to exceed the annual continuing professional development requirements to maintain his professional membership. He was appointed by the Alberta Government to a special Task Force set up to update Floodway Development Regulations following the devastating 2013 floods.

Over the last few years Rob participated in over 30 oral exams for full CIP membership candidates, was on the organizing committee for the PIBC 2011 Annual Conference in Nanaimo and attended many of the sessions of that event. He also prepared and delivered a workshop on Council/Staff Relations to the Spring VILMA. In 2009 and 2010 he attended a series of structural workshops on Climate Change, prepared and delivered a presentation on sustainability to the National Mayors Training Institute in Beijing.

He delivered workshops to Public Health Officials, a Capilano College. Rob was appointed an External Advisor to the Federal Office of the Auditor General where he participated in a national program audit of various Indian and Northern Affairs Land Management Programs. He also was appointed to work with NRCan on their Climate Change Regional Adaptation Program.

As a Full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), Rob meets his obligations to maintain his professional skills and knowledge and to keep them current. Rob is continually seeking means to secure training in Corporate Sustainability and making both home and business Carbon Neutral. Rob was appointed an Adjunct Professor and Mentor for the New Masters of Planning Program at Vancouver Island University. He is mentoring a master's student in that program.

Professional Background

Rob Roycroft is a Consultant, Teacher, Mentor, Leader, Administrator, Planner and Facilitator with wide and extensive experience in urban & regional planning, municipal administration, leadership & training. Prior to starting his own firm, Rob was employed by the Cities of Whitehorse, YT and Parksville, BC the Town of Peace River, AB and the Government of the Northwest Territories. He managed the NWT Branch Office for UMA Engineering, was a Project Planner for the Yukon First Nations, and was a Senior Planner and Office Manager for the Mackenzie Regional Planning Commission in Northern Alberta.

Professional Activities

Over his career, Rob has consistently participated in a wide range of professional activities. Examples of his past efforts include:

  • Appointed an Adjunct Professor at Vancouver Island University Masters in Community Planning Program and Mentor to a graduate student from New Brunswick.
  • Was the first non-government of BC employee to be appointed to a BC Government Service Delivery Team project.
  • Chaired the Project Team responsible for the development of the triple award-winning Parksville Civic & Technology Centre, an innovative joint service delivery facility.
  • Appointed to prepare explanatory materials following the implementation of the new Community Charter by the Government of British Columbia as a member of a Minister of Community Aboriginal and Women's Services team.
  • Was a key presenter at a UBCM Newly Elected Officials Seminar, on roles and responsibilities.
  • Served as President of the Planning Institute of British Columbia, four years on the Board of the Alberta Association Canadian Institute of Planners and was a member of the National Council for the Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Rob chaired a National Think Tank to review the Governance Structure and Practices for the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Rob is a member of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Planning Institute of British Columbia

Educational Background

A firm believer in lifelong learning, Rob has achieved academic accreditation in:

  • Honours Degree in Urban & Regional Planning, (University of Waterloo).
  • Certificate in Municipal Administration (University of Alberta).
  • Master of Arts Degree in Leadership & Training (Royal Roads University).
  • Local Government Leadership Facilitation (Royal Roads University).
  • Real Estate Trading Services Certificate (University of British Columbia).