Goodbye and Best Wishes to Rob Pearson

Goodbye and Best Wishes to Rob Pearson

It has been quite a week here at I4PL as we say good bye to our leader Rob Pearson. Rob tendered his resignation with The Insitute for Performance and Leanring last week. Below is a communication from Rob to the members of I4PL. We wish Rob all the very best in his new adventures and thank him for all of his contributions – most notably around the rebranding of the Canadian Society for Training and Development, developing points of view for the organization, and launching the new 2016 Competencies for Performance and Learning Professionals – just to name a few!

Dear I4PL Members,

I met with Board Chair Mary Brodhead last week and tendered my resignation as CEO.

While I have been thinking about this decision for some time, I decided shortly before conference to turn my energy, talents and passion in a new direction.

As I have commented to many of you over the past 3 years, the best part of my job has been meeting with members – an always enriching experience that has given me vivid insights into the work you do as workplace L&D professionals but most of all how quickly the workplace and our profession is changing.  Indeed, this past week I was invited to speak at Online Educa in Berlin, Europe’s largest learning and technology conference on the topic of a rapidly changing profession.  Our experiences here in Canada are shared by our global counterparts.

Against this backdrop of change the Institute has responded by rebranding to place a greater emphasis on the business results our profession enables rather than the work we do; by evolving its competency framework to help ensure current and future L&D professionals have the right skills to meet the challenges of a 21st century workplace and by seeking programming that fosters evidenced-based better practice.

Most of all, good-byes are a chance to say thank you.  I want to thank the Board of Directors and particularly Mary Brodhead, Board Chair, for their contributions to the Institute and their strong support of me during a time of significant change.  As a former board member and board chair I am intimately aware of their responsibilities and the unique pressures they bear.

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to my staff colleagues and particularly my two direct reports Jane Duffy and Elsa Lee.  Thank you for your dedication and commitment.

While I am leaving the Institute as CEO, I remain a member of I4PL and look forward to participating in our remarkable community of practice.

Warmest regards and best wishes,

Rob Pearson

2 Comments
  • Dr. Robin Yap

    December 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm Reply

    We will miss your leadership Rob but will definitely continue our collaboration. We thank you for engaging our small but mighty Research Committee to continue our work and interest in strengthening our research-practitioner approach to our profession. We look to our members to continue providing us their support, ideas, and successes. Good luck in your next adventure, Rob.

  • Theodora Lindsey

    February 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

    It was nice working with you Rob! All the best!

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