Hudson, QC

Robert Cassius de Linval is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Brunet Group and oversees the operation of five business units. He previously held posts at the City of Montreal as the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, General Secretary for Reorganization Task Force and Special Advisor to the Mayor. He also practiced law, focusing particularly on information technology and intellectual property.

As part of a governance program on Democracy and Media, Robert joined missions to Benin, Mali and Guinea to teach media and intellectual property law to African journalists enrolled in master's degree jointly awarded by the University of Montreal faculty of law and the national university of the host countries.

Robert has an extensive educational background, first receiving a Bachelor of Laws from Montreal University. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Oxford University. He also attended the University of Salamanca in Spain and the University of Poitiers in France before being called to the Bar in Quebec in 1994.

Robert believes strongly in Canada’s role in shaping the global Paralympic Movement. “As a country, we are blessed. I believe we have a duty to level the playing field in order help as many Canadians as possible feel “normal” and accomplished. Competing with others is for me a big part of that. It fulfills so many basic needs that we have. By doing it at home, I believe strongly we can set an example that hopefully other countries can follow.”