A lifelong fascination with the complicated relationship between society and the natural world is the common thread that runs throughout Robin’s career. From geologist’s assistant and forest fire conscript living with a First Nation in northern BC, to environmental NGO staffer exploring cross-cultural meanings of wilderness; from academic teaching environmental sociology and researching the capacity of communities to respond to the impacts of climate change, to consultant specializing in social impact assessment and community and Indigenous engagement, for Robin it has always been about the nexus of humans and the environment.
Robin leads Hatfield’s newest business unit, the Human Environment Group. He is passionate about social research as it applies in regulatory contexts for project proponents and for governments as it applies to planning, resource management, policy, and climate change response. Robin is both excited and encouraged by what he hopes is a renaissance in Indigenous relations and reconciliation gradually taking shape in Canada. To this end, he seeks to do his best to help clients from all walks to navigate new ways of thinking about and doing projects.
Robin has a nautical past and is a seasoned sailor having logged over 50,000 nautical miles in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and Pacific Ocean. Outside of work, Robin thrives on mountain biking, skiing, carpentry, and spending time with his wife and three adult children on Hornby Island.