Robert Gillett is the former president of Algonquin College. He retired in 2012, after a 45-year career in education, through which he served students in elementary and secondary schools, university and college.
As president of Algonquin College, Mr. Gillett was responsible for leading an organization of over 20,000 full time students; 35,000 part time students; and a budget of more than $300 million.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, a Master of Education in Education Administration from the University of Ottawa, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
In addition to his professional career, Mr. Gillett has been a member of numerous community organizations in Ottawa that address both the area’s economic and social needs. Of particular note, he was Founder and Board member of the Ottawa-Carleton Learning Foundation, Director and Past Chair of Ottawa Centre for Research Innovation, and a member of the Campaign Cabinet responsible for the Education Sector at the United Way.
Mr. Gillett’s involvement in the community over many years has led to strong relationships between business, industry, and education.