About Robert Paterson

I am the Principal of Renewal Consulting Group. I live in Knowlton Quebec, in the Eastern Townships<br /><br />My practice is helping people &quot;see&quot; where they are in a complex world. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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<br /><br />I discovered the power and wonder of the natural world when I worked as a diamond prospector for De Beers in the Kalahari desert.<br /><br />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<br /><br />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.<br />

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  • Robert shared from Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis
    We walked off the playing-fields into the lines. We lived supremely in the moment. Our preoccupation was the next patrol, our horizon the next leave. Sometimes, jokingly, as one discusses winning the Derby Sweep, we would plan our lives “ after the War.” But it had no substantial significance. It was a dream, conjecturable as heaven, resembling no life we knew. We were trained with one object —to kill. We had one hope—to live. When it was over we had to start again.
    Note: What a start to life
  • Robert shared from Winged Victory by V M YEATES
    In peace time, what on earth did people do? They went to offices, they tried to make money, they bought and sold, they did a little gardening or played a little lawn tennis at week ends. They got married and lived for fifty years with one person, and told lies to their children, and died and their children told lies about them. It was very queer what, when you came to think of it, people did in peace time. They worked in factories, they slaved in shops, they dwelt ignorantly in cancerous back-streets. Peace was mean and dirty and genteel. There were no fine qualities that were fit for times of...
    Note: What many thought who flew. Were they wrong?
  • Robert shared from Winged Victory by V M YEATES
    Who beat the Trojans? Not Achilles, but Odysseus. . . .' 'But Achilles was a blackguard,' Williamson objected. 'Not by Greek standards, whereas Odysseus was a blackguard by any standards. It's always the same. Fighting is essentially a blackguard's job.
    Note: True
  • Robert shared from Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee
    We had our daily job to do, and it was strange how, overnight, we became accustomed to the routine—of having a good breakfast after a good night’s sleep, then going up on the mid-morning patrol, taking part in a frantic dog-fight three miles high, killing a young German, who’d also had a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast in a comfortable Mess, then probably narrowly escaping being killed oneself before coming down, having a swim, a drink, a good lunch. All quite the normal, one hardly commented on it after a while—like going to the office.
  • Robert shared from Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee
    For only when you are young can you relish to the full the exhilarating sensations of mortal danger.
  • Robert shared from No Parachute: A Classic Account of War in the Air in WWI by Arthur Gould Lee
    The Camel is definitely a woman, and you have to be careful, but once you show you’re the boss, she eats out of your hand. (Maybe as a married man I shouldn’t have written that!) When the new chaps see how easily most of us do boss the Camel they quickly lose their inhibitions.
  • Robert shared from The Last Voyage of the Lusitania by A. A. Hoehling, Mary Hoehling
    Note: My cousin Hugh Allan probably talking to his sister Martha after sinking of Lusitania
  • Robert shared from AN Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
    You believe science is obliged to prove itself?” “I do. Otherwise it sets itself up as an equal to religion,
  • Robert shared from AN Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
    As my father had once remarked, if God had meant us to marry for love, why had He created mistresses?
  • Robert shared from Golden Son (The Red Rising Series, Book 2) by Pierce Brown
    Society does—spread the blame so there is no villain, so it’s futile to even begin to find a villain, to find justice. It’s just machinery. Processes. And it rumbles on, inexorable till a whole generation rises that will throw themselves on the gears.
(Knowlton Quebec)
Robert Paterson