|Bobby has over 20 years’ experience in leadership training and professional development through conferences, corporate events and numerous teaching positions.
With a background in brand marketing, engineering and the performing arts, Bobby draws on his diverse career to lead Raeallan, a transformational training and speaking company.
Bobby has run teambuilding activities, presented keynotes, and coached thousands of people across Canada. Major clients include TD Canada Trust, TELUS, Canadian Tire and Kraft, as well as McMaster, Ryerson and York universities.
Bobby brings an engaging presence, endless exuberance and dynamic people skills essential to developing and nurturing Raeallan participants.
Bobby has taught prep courses for the GMAT (the test required for entry into graduate-level business schools) for over 10 years, currently for Veritas and previously for Kaplan, both top-tier global test prep companies. In 2009, he was awarded the “Worldwide Instructor of the Year” for Veritas, out of 500+ instructors across 130 countries.
Bobby’s varied career has included serving as Program Manager and Faculty Head of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Arts for McMaster University’s Shad Valley summer program for gifted high school youth. He has also worked in brand management for Tier-1 companies such as Kraft in Cheese Marketing and Unilever for Dove Masterbrand.
While working on the Campaign for Real Beauty, Bobby was Director of the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, supporting organizations across Canada that fostered positive self-esteem in young women. During his time at Bombardier as an Aerospace Design Engineer, he founded and ran a musical theatre company, Markham Thespian Society, where he supervised a team of over 100 people.
Bobby is also a professional actor. He graduated from Second City’s renowned Advanced Conservatory Program, where he honed his improvisation, creative sketch writing and performance abilities. Afterwards, he joined a sketch comedy troupe called Fade to Brown (www.fadetobrown.com), serving as a producer, performer, writer, and stage director. Fade to Brown recently developed a TV pilot for OMNI television that aired three times in 2009.
During his Degroote (McMaster) MBA studies, Bobby was president of the MBA Association, received awards in case competitions, academics and leadership, and he graduated at the top of his class as a co-valedictorian. He is most proud of getting the students a healthcare plan and putting McMaster on the MBA map by organizing the first MBA Games team.
Most importantly, Bobby is a new dad. He loves to play ultimate frisbee and chess, predict the Oscars and remember the lyrics to every ’80s TV show theme song. He has never lost a thumb war, ever.