About Rob

Rob Leone, PhD

Rob is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.  He teaches and researches on a number of topics related to Canadian politics, public policy and public administration at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.  He has published research in both national and international publications, and he is a co-editor on a popular university text in public administration.  Rob held previous academic appointments at Wilfrid Laurier University where he taught political science, leadership and journalism.  In addition to teaching and research, Rob engages in public speaking engagements and consulting work.  He also sits on a number of different boards of directors.

Rob was the MPP for Cambridge from October 2011 to June 2014 and served as the Official Opposition Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities and Education. He was also the Official Opposition Lead on the Estimates Committee where he began the process to examine what has become known as the Gas Plant Scandal. His work led to an historic Contempt of Parliament motion being debated in the Legislature. Rob is known for his expert knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and for the policy contributions he made during his time at Queen’s Park. Rob has been a leading voice of reform for our college and university sector, and proposed changes to the curriculum to improve mathematics education in our elementary and secondary schools. Rob’s private members legislation and motions included accountability for hospital infrastructure plans, protection of child care, living within our means, expanded rail transit infrastructure, and support for improved child and adult literacy.

Rob is married to Kate and is a father to three young boys. Rob was born and raised in Cambridge. His family make their home in the village of Ayr.