Bob Brocklebank is the past President of the Glebe Community Association and of the FCA – Federation of Citizens’ Associations – the umbrella grouping of community associations in the city. He has served on several city consultative bodies including those dealing with zoning and graffiti problems. He is a member of the Business Advisory Committee.
Bob is a retired foreign service officer. His assignments as Trade Commissioner have taken him to Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, Hungary, Portugal and Nigeria. His work involved promotion of Canadian exports, protection of Canadian economic interests abroad and encouragement of foreign investment in Canada.
After graduation from the University of Toronto (Honours Economics and Political Science), he came to Ottawa in 1966 to join the old Department of Trade & Commerce. Since 1975 he has owned one house after another, living in the Glebe between his foreign postings.
He is often seen on his bicycle racing to meetings at City Hall and to the Metro Centre Y. He claimed that he was elected to chair Glebe community meetings because he was training in taikwondo, useful in maintaining order. In addition to his interest in civic affairs, he is a bass in a community choir, Bytown Voices.
One of Brocklebank’s claims to fame is that he is likely the only candidate running in an urban ward who attended both of the city’s Rural Summits.