Walter Robinson, 45 and bilingual, presently works for Rx&D as VP of Govermment Affairs (www.canadapharma.org), based in Ottawa. Prior to joining Rx&D in August 2011, he was a Principal with Tactix is Ottawa (www.tactix.ca). He has also been self-employed as a writer, part-time broadcaster and business consultant and has previously written weekly columns for both Sun Media (www.ottawasun.com) and the Transcontinental (www.orleansstar.ca) media organizations.
Over the last 20 years Walter has also worked for: the federal public service, an international facilities management contractor, as the federal director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) from 1997 to 2003 and as the Vice-President of Provincial Affairs, Rx&D (Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies) in 2005 and 2006. He served as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Ottawa until mid-2007.
Walter was the Conservative Party candidate in Ottawa-Orléans in the 2004 general election where he earned 41% of the popular vote.
In various capacities, Walter has conducted over 10,000 media activities in the past decade. He has testified before federal, provincial and municipal legislative committees and has written over 300 published OPEDs which have appeared in the National Post, Globe and Mail and other regional daily papers across Canada. He also authored a 140-page critically acclaimed paper on healthcare which earned him a coveted first-day appearance in (April 2002, Regina) before the Romanow Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
In 1991, he received a Carleton University Students Association Honour Award for Community Service and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree. In 1997, he was selected by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of this region's Top 40 under 40 business leaders and in 2003 he was profiled in the Ottawa Life Top 50 Ottawans list. In January 2009, he was honoured by the United Way of Ottawa with one of their Community Builder awards for community service.
Walter lives in Orléans with his wife and partner Jennifer - a federal public servant - and their 13 year-old son. He is active in his community and is a former Chaiman of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (www.ottawacancer.ca), a board member with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Foundation (http://www.ysb.on.ca/index.php?page=charitable-foundation&hl=eng), and a volunteer treasurer in the Cumberland United Soccer Club. He is also a member of the national advisory board of Fair Vote Canada (www.fairvote.ca).
Walter earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree at Carleton University.