Rob Esselment – Associate Vice-President, Government Relations, University of Waterloo
Rob Esselment is the Associate Vice-President, Government Relations at the University of Waterloo. In his role, Rob is a key point of contact between the campus and governments at all levels. He also advises Waterloo’s senior administration on government initiatives and the university’s advocacy strategies.
He is also the past chair of the Government Relations Officers’ Network for Canadian Universities.
Prior to joining Waterloo in 2013, Rob worked for six years as Director, Government Relations at Western University. From 1999 to 2007 he held a number of positions in and around the provincial government at Queen’s Park as a political staff person for the Opposition Health Critic, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and as an Associate at StrategyCorp.
Rob is a graduate of McMaster University in both Political Science and History and is currently pursuing his Master of Communications Management through McMaster-Syracuse. He and his wife Anna, a faculty member of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Political Science, have three children.