Robin is an engaging speaker who brings passion to every talk he gives, mixing story, science, and humour to captivate his audiences. He has spoken everywhere from Moscow to Montreal on topics including healthy cities, human-centred design, intersectional urbanism, and how the bicycle is essential to wellbeing. Robin has also shared his unique academic journey with student audiences on how to conduct publicly engaged research, providing strategies on personal branding and media relations.

Robin’s talks start conversations that lead to change. Get in touch if you’d like to bring Robin to your event!

Here’s a short talk Robin gave at the Ontario Architect’s Association Annual Conference that covers some of the topics he speaks about:

“Robin connected with our participants in a way that I’ve never seen before in the other 17 National Bike Summits I’ve attended. Most of our group knows that bicycling brings people together, makes us feel better, and can be a solution to many of the challenges we face in our communities and country. Robin’s approach through personal stories and SCIENCE helped us see our work to build a bicycle-friendly America for all in a different way. It energized and inspired us!”

– Bill Nesper, Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists





“Robin talks about things that are critical to city building. He is thoughtful, persistent and persuasive. He is able to connect with audiences, and moreover, his voice resonates.”

– Susan Holdsworth, WinterCity Stratety Coordinator, City of Edmonton


Robin was an inspiring and engaging speaker for our students.  He did a wonderful job opening their eyes to how they can become involved and active citizens by using his own experiences as examples of how action can lead to positive results. His humour and sincerity and his ability to connect with the audience allowed students to relate to his narrative and learn from his ideas. He left an impression on our students, with many of them describing his talk as “inspiring”. I would definitely recommend Robin as a speaker!

– Stephanie Dupley, Career Advisor – International & Graduate Students, University of Windsor

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May 14, 2020, Panelist, Inside/Out: How Covid-19 is shifting our sense of places and spaces, Online webinar hosted by Dalhousie University

February 26, 2020, Panelist, “Are Cars the New Tobacco?“, Difference Festival, University of New Westminster, London

February 10, 2020, Keynote Speaker, Moving People Forward Conference, Denver

November 19, 2019, Panelist, Great Places Awards, Kitchener

November 8, 2019, Webinar, World Town Planning Day

October 28, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Active Transportation Master Plan Summit, City of Markham

October 14, 2019, Invited Talk, Healthy City Design International Congress, London UK

September 25, 2019, Speaker, Biennial of the Americas, Denver

June 18-19, 2019, Keynote Speaker, BC Active Transportation Summit, New Westminster

May 24, 2019, Moderator, Ontario Association of Architect’s SHIFT Architecture Challenge, Quebec City

March 19, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Xchanges: The Complexities of Intersections, Waterloo

May 31, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Boston Cyclists Bostreal Fundraiser, Montreal

March 10, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Bike League of America National Bike Summit, Washington DC

February 12, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Washington Bike Summit, Olympia

February 8, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Winter Cycling Congress, Calgary

February 6, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Winter Cities Panel Discussion, Calgary

January 31, 2019, Keynote Speaker, Third Age Learning KW, Kitchene

October 22, 2018, Panelist, An Evening With Michael Landsberg, Waterloo

September 19, 2018, Presenter, Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, San Diego

June 20, 2018, Keynote Speaker, Population Health Initiative, Sudbury

May 24, 2018, Keynote Speaker, Ontario Association of Architects, Toronto

April 25, 2018: Keynote Speaker, Branding Yourself in Academia, University of Waterloo

April 24, 2018: Keynote Speaker, Branding Yourself in Academia, University of Windsor

April 16-20, 2018: Keynote Speaker, Mode Shift, Winnipeg

February 27, 2018: Keynote Speaker, Civic Tech KW

February 8, 2018: Keynote Speaker, Halifax Winter Bike Week

January 25, 2018: Speaker, Approachable Density

December 18, 2017: Speaker, QA Greenways Open Forum

November 9, 2017: Speaker, Bradford Library #Lightbrary Launch

October 26, 2017: Panelist, Open Conversation, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

October 19, 2017: MC, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Black and Gold Gala

October 19, Keynote, University Health Network OT Month Celebration, Toronto

October 18, 2017: MC,  Amplify Waterloo

October 2, 2017: Keynote, Bike Ottawa AGM 

September 28, 2017: Keynote, Design Council of Saskatchewan Design Week Speaker Series

September 27, 2017: Lunch and Learn, Design Council of Saskatchewan Design Week Speaker Series

September 15, 2017, Knowledge Integration Seminar Series, University of Waterloo

May 26-27, 2017: Panel Discussion on Smart Cities, Cappsule Tribe Conference

April 14-16, 2017: Keynote Talk, Panel on Vision Zero and Cold Weather Cities,  Moscow International Cycling Congress

March 15, 2017: Talk, Waterloo Unlimited Speaker Series

February 17, 2017: Plenary, International Winter Cities Conference

February 10, 2017: Keynote, Winter Cycling Congress

January 18, 2017: Panel Discussion on Healthy Cities, Kitchener Public Library

April 19, 2016: Keynote, Alberta Disability Council of Disability Services AGM

April 21, 2016: Speaker, Professional Issues Forum, CAOT Conference

September 15, 2016: Closing Plenary, PPS Walk Bike Places Conference

October 5, 2015: Keynote, Physiotherapy Alberta Conference

January 29, 2015: Invited Speaker, Winter Cities Shakeup Conference