Bio (Rob Abbott)

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Rob Abbott


Associate Faculty


School of Business


Rob Abbott has devoted most of his life to studying human-environment interactions; consulting with businesses and organizations working to reduce the impact of industrial society on the environment and proposing alternative structures and processes to create wealth and well-being with a lighter ecological footprint. More recently, his work and research focus emphasizes shifting human consciousness.


Abbott has more than 20 years of experience at the interface of sustainability, organizational and competitive strategy with many of the early adopter companies and organizations globally who defined the first generation of sustainability thinking and work. He has experience in a cross-section of industries including energy, mining, forestry, chemical, manufacturing, technology and financial; and experience in diverse cultural contexts in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. His expertise is in sustainability strategy and implementation, governance, systems, public policy, accountability and stakeholder engagement aspects of the sustainability agenda.


Abbott holds a Certified Management Consultant designation from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (2002), a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto (1986), a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Toronto (1986) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Resource Geography from the University of Victoria (1984).