Posted Under: Canada's Economic Growth Strategy,Computer Skills in Education,Computer User Skills by Sector,Digital Literacy
Bob Crow becomes Senior Advisor Strategy at ICDL Canada
Robert E. (Bob) Crow is an experienced public policy and technology industry leader. His career includes lengthy service in the private, NGO, and university sectors as an executive, consultant, and teacher. Bob is especially known as a strategic thinker and builder of organizational capacity in settings where technology and public policy interact. A frequent speaker, Bob is an informed and articulate advocate for his organizations and their missions.
Bob as Senior Advisor Strategy will help strengthen ICDL Canada in its advocacy of improved Digital Skills nationally.
Bob is currently Executive in Residence at Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo and a Consultant at R.E. Crow & Associates.
Bob is the former Vice President for Industry, Government and University Relations at Research In Motion Limited, where he built and led RIM’s global programs in government relations, community relations, corporate responsibility, market intelligence and university research. Bob and his 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, 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. Bob also served from 1975 – 1998 at Ryerson University in Toronto as both professor of planning and senior administrator in roles including ICT 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.
An active industry and community volunteer, Bob has been a director of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), is a Director of International Science & Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada). and is Chair Shad Valley International. He is a former director of ITAC, The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Communitech, Electro-Federation Canada, United Way of Greater Toronto, United Way Centraide Canada and WoodGreen Community Services. He currently serves as Honorary President of the Science Teachers Association of Ontario.