About Robert Paterson

I am the Principal of Renewal Consulting Group. I live in Knowlton Quebec, in the Eastern Townships

My practice is helping people "see" where they are in a complex world.

In addition to my work as a consultant, I taught 5 Web-Based courses on the New Economy and how it affects the Environment at the School of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island.

I am an active Social Entrepreneur. I have learned how to create influential organizations that work on important issues such as the environment and childhood. As an Overseer of the Marion Foundation, I was instrumental in bringing the Natural Step to the US and subsequently to Canada and is a founding member of the PEI Chapter. As a founder of the Child Alliance, I have raised over $5.0 million in the last 3 years to fund programs to support Early Childhood for PEI.

I am a co-founder of the Queen Street Commons, a co working space on PEI that is focused on supporting artisanal business and in offering artisans a network.

I learned how to manage large scale organizational change when as SVP HR at CIBC, I redesigned and rebuilt the $2.2 billion dollar compensation and benefits system to align to a performance culture.

I learned about solving cultural conflict and business integration when, as SVP Marketing CIBC, I was responsible for the integration of Wood Gundy and CIBCs business lines after CIBC purchased Wood Gundy.

I learned how to create new businesses in tough global settings when, as ED New Issues CIBC Limited, I set up CIBCs global fixed income business in London and when, as AD Institutional sales Wood Gundy, I helped make Wood Gundy the dominant Canadian investment Bank in the Middle East

I discovered the power and wonder of the natural world when I worked as a diamond prospector for De Beers in the Kalahari desert.

I have lived and worked in many cultures. They include Canada (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Charlottetown) the UK, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Botswana. I have traveled extensively in the US and the former USSR

A graduate of Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, I remain a student of history and the workings of the natural world. I am married with two adult children.

Public Notes


Recent Activity

  • Robert shared from What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
    Our greatest protection against falling into the thrall of the beast is children raised without shame and suppressed rage. This will ultimately demand a revolution of respect in child rearing.92 To deal consciously with the warrior aspect of small children, our task as parents is to recognize that aggression and the warrior energy are as natural and as problematic as sexuality. There is a biological base to them, the strength of which varies from individual to individual. Just as some people like to make love more often than others, some people are naturally more aggressive than others. Just as...
    Note: Agression is part of being human as is sexuality Repression is dangerous in young Channel it
  • Robert shared from What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
    If we are unable to take sides against a clear opponent, and unable to use violence with every means at our disposal to force that opponent to stop using violence against our side, then we should not go to war.
    Note: When to go to war
  • Robert shared from What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
    If you go to war singing “Onward Christian Soldiers” you’re going to raise the devil.
    Note: We are often naive when we choose war
  • Robert shared from What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes
    Since many people strive for positions of power as compensations for needy egos, it is hardly surprising that the corridors of power are filled with people for whom the compassionate responses will be short-circuited
    Note: is this why sociopaths rule?
  • Robert shared from Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
    disorders and other maladies. As one scientist puts it, we can now assume that just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.
    Note: kids starved for nature
  • Robert shared from Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    Richard had read in an article somewhere that even kids who came from really fucked-up backgrounds actually turned out pretty good if some older person took them under their wing at just the right point in their early adolescence, and he reckoned that Zula must have squirted through this loophole.
    Note: Happened to me
  • Robert shared from Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    People who had job titles and business cards could say easily where they worked and what they did for a living, but those who worked for themselves, doing things of a complicated nature, learned over time that it was not worth the trouble of supplying an explanation if its only purpose was to make small talk. Better to just go directly to airline travel.
    Note: I have had this problem for years. And you?
  • Robert shared from The Eagle's Vengeance: Empire VI by Anthony Riches
    We over-reached ourselves to satisfy the pride of an emperor, he mused, and when Antoninus Pius no longer had need of the fruits of his triumph, we pulled back to the southern wall without stopping to reckon the number of men whose deaths in the service of such pointless imperial hubris were demeaned by that retreat.
    Note: History repeats
  • Robert shared from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
    But what surprised Andre-Louis was the unutterable crassness of the methods by which the Privileged ranged themselves for battle. They opposed brute force to reason and philosophy, and battalions of foreign mercenaries to ideas. As if ideas were to be impaled on bayonets!
    Note: Some things dont change
  • Robert shared from Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
    "Ah, but in church many things are said that... that one would not dream of saying in the world.
    Note: So true
(Knowlton Quebec)
Robert Paterson