Robert F. Taylor LVO CA
Robert Taylor became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1965. Following 2 years in public practice in Calgary he joined Shell Canada Limited to begin what turned out to be a 30 year career with the company.
Initially in the finance organizations in Calgary and Toronto, he became Controller followed by appointments as Vice President Human Resources and Public Affairs, Vice President Corporate Planning and Development and Senior Vice President Business Services. He worked for Shell International Petroleum Company in London UK for 3 years where he was responsible for Shell operating companies in East and West Africa.
Mr. Taylor was elected a Director of Shell Canada Limited in 1991 and was appointed Executive Vice President, Shell Canada Resources. In 1993 he became President of Shell Canada Products Limited until his retirement in 1996. He was a Governor of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary from 1991 to 1997 and a Director of Alberta Theatre Projects located in the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts.
As an independent businessman since 1997, Mr. Taylor served as a Director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation for 15 years, was an operating officer and Director of Turbodyne Technologies Inc. and continues as a Director of McTAY Holdings Ltd., a private land development company.
In 1980, he was a member of The Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conference held in Canada, an experiential leadership development program founded in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip. Twenty Canadian alumni who participated as study group chairs became committed to providing other up and coming leaders with a similar leadership learning opportunity. In 1983 they founded the Governor Generalís Canadian Leadership Conferences which continue to be held every 4 years.
Mr. Taylor continues to be actively involved including founding the first Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leadersí Dialogue with alumni from 1980 and subsequent conferences, to provide for the continuation and expansion of this unique leadership learning opportunity. Further Caribbean-Canada Dialogues are expected to be held every 4 years under the auspices of Emerging Leadersí Dialogues Canada Inc. of which he serves as a Director.
In 1999, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II recognized Mr. Taylor for his work with The Duke of Edinburgh Conferences with the designation, Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).