Leadership Fellow

Robin Sears

Campaign strategy,
Electoral campaigns

Robin Sears is the Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, and has served as a strategic advisor to governments, corporations and the NGO sector in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States.

Robin started his career as a reporter at City-TV. He was national director of the NDP for seven years where he directed four national campaigns, and led the NDP’s move into direct mail fund-raising, proprietary opinion research, and national advertising. Under German Chancellor Willy Brandt, he was the assistant general secretary of the Socialist International, the world’s largest community of political parties. He worked on strategic issues with leaders in Europe, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Robin was Chief of Staff to Ontario Premier Bob Rae during the Accord government, and Ontario’s chief trade diplomat in Asia, managing a network of seven offices. He has also been a senior partner of the world’s largest executive search firm and of a Canadian public affairs firm.

Robin has been a national political commentator for more than three decades, and is a contributing writer to Policy Options, Canada’s leading journal of political analysis. He serves on several community boards and is currently the President of the Empire Club of Canada.