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Robert Plamondon

FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

With a passion for Canada’s prosperity, unity and security, Robert Plamondon (FCPA, FCA, ICD.D) is an independent director, historian, economist and author with expertise in the fields of public policy, governance, organizational transformation, finance, as well as risk and performance management.

He is a member of the Ontario Internal Audit Committee and is the past chair of the Community Services Sectoral Audit Committee, which provides internal audit oversight to six ministries of the Ontario government.

In addition, Mr. Plamondon serves on the board of OPTrust, a defined benefit pension plan that holds over $23 billion in assets that funds and administers the pension plan for Ontario’s unionized public servants. He also sits on the advisory board of the Digital Academy of the Canada School of Public Service.

Mr. Plamondon is involved in the transformation of the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute into Canada’s preeminent institution for applied governance and leadership development. He also serves as the Director for the Comptrollership Leadership Development Program and the CIO Institute. Moreover, he is the founder and leader of The Prime Ministers Series – a partnership of the University of Ottawa and the Canada School of Public Service.

A recent project has been as an advisor to the Equality Fund, which is driving cultural, economic and political change to make global gender equality a reality.

Mr. Plamondon’s recent board work includes the National Capital Commission, where he was the chair of the audit committee and was a member of the executive committee. 

His extensive experience in public policy and public sector management includes leading governance evaluations of the board of directors of VIA Rail and Export Development Canada. Mr. Plamondon also conducted an evaluation of the governance regime for Canada’s national debt under the shared authority of the Bank of Canada and Finance Canada. 

Over his career, Mr. Plamondon has led significant fiscal, organizational and governance initiatives for organizations including the City of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa, Finance Canada, Revenue Canada (now the Canada Revenue Agency) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

He has also held full and part-time professorship at three universities over a twenty-year period and is the author of numerous books, public policy studies, reports and articles published in Canadian newspapers.

A graduate of Carleton University with a Master of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing, Mr. Plamondon obtained the designation of Chartered Accountant in 1983 and was elected a Fellow in 2003. He is currently a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Rotman Directors Education Program and holds the ICD.D designation. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

His community contributions include serving on the board of directors of the Sierra Club of Canada and committees of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Plamondon also supports literacy programs in public schools and local writers’ festivals.