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Canadian Science Policy Centre | Robert Crow

Robert Crow

Executive in Residence, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)
University of Waterloo

Robert E. (Bob) Crow is an experienced public policy and technology industry leader, currently serving as Executive in Residence at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), University of Waterloo. Bob's career includes lengthy service in the private, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and university sectors as an executive, consultant and teacher. He is especially known as a strategic thinker and builder of organizational capacity in settings where technology and public policy intersect. A frequent speaker, Bob is an informed and articulate advocate for his organizations and their missions. Bob is the former Vice-President for Industry, Government and University Relations at Research In Motion Limited (RIM), where he built and led RIM's global programs in government relations, community relations, corporate responsibility, market intelligence and university research. Bob's teams supported RIM’s rapid international expansion from 2001 – 2011 and were especially noted for their ability to create and defend access to foreign markets, often under challenging circumstances. Prior to joining RIM in July 2001, Bob was Vice-President Policy at the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) where he successfully positioned ITAC as a business association of credibility and influence in the Canadian policy milieu. Prior to this, he served from 1975 – 1998 at Ryerson University in Toronto as both professor of planning and senior administrator in a wide variety of roles including Information and Communication Technology strategy development, establishment of a technology centre, and leader of Ryerson’s advancement activities. Bob holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell University and master's degrees in planning and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Toronto, respectively. He also studied engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University at the advanced graduate level.