Robert Asselin

Senior Vice President, Policy – Business Council of Canada

Robert Asselin leads the Council’s work on economic recovery and the development of policies that contribute to economic growth and job creation. He is also responsible for fiscal and tax policies.

Prior to joining the Council, Robert was Senior Global Director, Public Policy at BlackBerry. Robert brings more than 10 years of experience in providing economic advice to government, including in roles as Policy and Budget Director to Canada’s Finance Minister and as Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau. 

Robert also spent nearly a decade in academia as Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and as Visiting Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He continues to serve as a Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and at the Public Policy Forum.