Robert Chisholm

Senior Counsel and Executive Coach

Robert uses his experience, skills and values to provide strategic support for leaders and their teams in the areas of executive coaching and career transition, negotiations and conflict resolution. He is a certified and Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and Associate Corporate Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He has studied leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has earned a certification in Negotiations and Conflict Resolution from Stitt Feld Handy.

Earning a reputation for fairness, executive presence and collaboration over his extensive career in the private and public sectors and working with public sector unions, Robert provides Royer Thompson’s clients with a confidential and respectful environment for solving problems and he understands that by building respectful and authentic relationships, individuals and organizations have a greater opportunity to achieve their goals and make a meaningful impact on the organizations they lead. Helping senior leaders develop personally and adopt a holistic, people-centric leadership style means they can make a greater contribution to an organization’s performance, attract and retain the best talent and deliver shareholder and stakeholder value.

Robert has worked in the private sector as a consultant on employee health and benefit plans, crisis management and communications. He is distinguished for dedicating nearly 17 years of his career to elected office in Nova Scotia, serving for 12 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, the Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP, the Leader of the Official Opposition and then a term as Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. Prior to holding public office, Robert worked with the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, as an educator, researcher and negotiator and as Atlantic Regional Director.

He served on the Boards of Directors of numerous organizations including the Prior Learning Centre, Dalhousie University and as co-chair of the United Way of Halifax. Currently he is a member of the Board for the Public Good Society and volunteers with the United Way of Halifax Region.

He has a BA from Dalhousie University and MA in Sociology from Carleton University.

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