Dauphin, Manitoba , Canada
|| July 11, 1951
Mar 29, 2013 11:40pm
|Info||Robert (Bob) Sopuck received his B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba in 1973 and Masters from Cornell University (1975) in Ithaca, New York. He worked as a fisheries biologist for both the federal and provincial governments until 1979. From 1979 to 1988 he lived on his farm. Bob operated a grain and oilseed farm, a small tourism business, and consulted in the fields of environmental assessment and resource management. |
From 1988 to 1996 Bob coordinated the sustainable development initiative for the Province of Manitoba and was an advisor to the Premier of Manitoba. Duties included the development of a sustainable development strategy for Manitoba, development of Manitoba’s water strategy, and staffing the Sustainable Development Committee of Cabinet. He was Manitoba’s observer on the Founding Board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. In 1996 he took a position with the Pine Falls Paper Company as Director of Environmental Programs. He was also on the Board of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.
In 1998 Bob moved back to his farm in Western Manitoba where he currently resides. He was the Vice-President of Policy (Western Canada) for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation from 2000 -2009 and the Director of the “Smart Green” environmental policy project and the “Rural Renaissance Project” for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.
Bob has had extensive experience in agricultural and rural policy analysis and development and has written over 50 columns and reports in this area. A number of his columns have appeared in major newspapers. He was recently a natural resources consultant and supervised an oil exploration and drilling program in Alberta during the winter of 2009/2010.
He was the volunteer chair of the Manitoba fisheries development group known as the Fish and Lake Improvement Program for the Parkland Region and is the hunting and outdoors columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. In October, 2007 he was appointed by Canada’s Minister of the Environment to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, the primary advisory body to the federal government on environmental and natural resources policy.
In all of these activities he has earned a solid reputation as an outspoken advocate for Manitoba’s rural communities. He has a very strong knowledge of the workings of government and industry, having held senior positions in both.
In September 2009, Bob was nominated as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for the riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette.
He and his wife, Caroline, live on their 480 acres of land in the Sandy Lake area. They have 2 married children and a granddaughter.