: Senior Fellow
Dr. Robert (Bob) W. Murray serves as a Senior Business Advisor in Dentons Canada LLP’s Government Affairs and Public Policy practice group. He has held senior-level positions in the post-secondary, professional and business advisory services, economic development, think-tank and education sectors, and has advised extensively on municipal, provincial, federal and international policy issues both nationally and internationally.
Bob holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in History from Brock University, and has an extensive international academic publication record, which includes eight books on various topics of international relations, including the 2021 Palgrave Handbook of Canada in International Affairs. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Alberta, MacEwan University and Brock University.
He has held a number of senior policy appointments including serving as the Chair of the Government of Manitoba’s Working Group for the Winnipeg Metro Region, the inaugural Vice-Chair, Advocacy and Stakeholder relations for the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA) and as the Chair of the Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Taskforce. In the spring of 2020, he was appointed by Alberta’s Minister of Advanced Education to the Guiding Coalition that oversaw the Government of Alberta’s Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs system-wide review of Alberta’s post-secondary education sector.
Based in Edmonton and Toronto, Bob holds prestigious fellowships and affiliations, including a Senior Fellowship at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and he has previously held fellowships at the Canadian International Council, the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. Bob serves as a board member for the Organization for the Prevention of Violence, and has served on the boards of organizations such as the Council of the Great Lakes Region and Autism Edmonton.