Bob builds collaborative, cross-sectoral stakeholder teams in complex policy environments. He creates innovative, realistic, and workable solutions to difficult problems. Bob brings a depth of knowledge and passion around energy efficiency, energy management, renewable energy projects as well as the housing industry. Bob uniquely combines effective leadership of strategic planning, change management initiatives and the development of public policy with the facilitation of public engagement.
As Calgary City Councillor, Bob lead a number of ground breaking and award winning initiatives including:
Ride the Wind: The first Light Rail Transit system in North America totally powered by renewable energy. Calgary Transit received the Global Metropolitan Rail Industry Metro Award: Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008.
City of Calgary Climate Change Plan: By 2012, The City of Calgary sourced 100% of its electricity from wind power. GHG emissions were reduced 50% below 1990 levels. Calgary received Emerald and FCM Community Sustainability Awards for this significant accomplishment.
Green Building Policy: The City of Calgary became the first government in Canada to require new buildings and major retrofits to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Gold level. Received Canadian Green Building Council inaugural Leadership in Government Award, 2008.
The Bridges: Ward Councillor who lead the visioning and oversight for the redevelopment of the Calgary General Hospital site. This transit supportive development received a National Urban Design Award from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), 2005.
As President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Bob is most proud of his accomplishments in:
Implementing the Alberta “Welcoming and Inclusive Communities” network, tool kit, and initiatives.
Negotiating $11 billion new infrastructure funding program for Alberta municipalities.
As 2021 comes to an end, some of Osborne's Principals and Advisors reflect on what the year has meant for them and what their hopes are for the new year. If we could ask Genie to grant us three wishes this coming year they would be: kindness and compassion for all; recovery from Covid, both [...]
With the start of a new year and a new decade, the Osborne team has sharpened its vision and took a few moments to share their wishes for 2020. On behalf of Osborne Interim Management, we would like to wish you much health and prosperity! Mark Olson Despite an understandable air of uncertainty across the [...]
What Leadership Practices Do We Need From Our Elected Officials?
There’s nothing like an election to focus thoughts and conversations on the respective attributes (or lack thereof) in those vying for our votes. Candidates step forward to represent and lead us. But what is it we really need from them if we choose them to be our leaders? Books have been written about politics, power […]
As 2018 draws to an end our team of Principals and Senior Advisors have spent a few moments reflecting on the past year and contemplating their wishes for the year ahead. On behalf of Osborne Interim Management, we wish you a safe holiday season and health and prosperity in 2019! Gord Forbes This year we [...]