Bob Yates

Yates, Thorn & Associates |
Based in Victoria, BC, serving organizations across Canada

Bob Yates is a leader in innovative community planning and is continually striving to improve the quality of communities. For 25 years, Bob has been working across the spectrum of community social and economic planning in all regions of Canada. Ensuring Collective Impact is what Bob has been doing for many years.

Bob is noted in particular for his innovative processes, his desire to connect silos and promote collaboration, and for his commitment to community engagement. His company Yates, Thorn & Associates is a member of the Alberta and Canadian Recreation and Parks Associations, the BC and Canadian Institute of Planners, and the International Play Association.

Bob actively contributes to his community through volunteer work with organizations supporting education, health and youth. He has served as a Director of the Capital Health Board, and the Greater Victoria Hospital Board and its Foundation. He has an extensive background with youth engagement, both with Scouts Canada and as a founding director with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.

Bob has conducted numerous collaborative strategic planning projects including work on Regional Food Security, Active and Sustainable School Transportation (getting Kids Walking and Biking to School Again), and Homelessness. Bob has worked on over 150 assignments over 25 years, all focused on what is now termed Collective Impact.