Dr. Robert (Bob) Walsh has over twenty years of experience as Executive Director of national non-government organisations (NGOs) working at the intersection of policy, practice, research and community (principally in tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and substance misuse) and close to three decades of experience leading collaborations and organisations helping Canadians improve their personal and community’s health.
Bob has a Bachelor of Arts from York University, a Master of Business Administration from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Public Health and Health Systems from the University of Waterloo. His doctoral thesis explored NGO leadership in healthy public policy for chronic disease prevention in Canada.
With extensive experience serving on Boards of Directors and reporting to them as CEO, Bob has developed an expert, 360° understanding of the roles of, and relationships among management, governance and stakeholders.
As a volunteer, Bob has been a corporate director in a variety of sectors including community health centres, addiction service organisations, academic health sciences hospitals, local museums as well as provincial and national associations.
Hailing from Grimsby and currently living in Ottawa, Bob is a passionate explorer, whether that be along the nearest hiking trail (or running path) or within the pages of a good book.
Bob began as OASIS’ first CEO in April 2023.