Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Dr. Robert Rosehart holds B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Bob was president of Lakehead University for 13 years before being appointed as president of Wilfrid Laurier in 1997, a position from which he retired in 2007. In 1986, he chaired the seven-member Advisory Committee on Resource Dependent Communities in Northern Ontario.
Bob is past chair of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre Advisory Board, and has served as a member of the Association of Universities and Community Colleges Standing Advisory Committee on Educational Issues and Funding. He has also served as an executive committee member of Canada's Technology Triangle Inc., the Waterloo Region's economic development partnership; and chairs the Selection Committee for the Government of Ontario's Amethyst Awards, which recognize Ontario's outstanding public servants.
The Ontario government appointed Bob to the post of Northwestern Ontario Economic Facilitator in the spring of 2007, with a mandate to co-ordinate efforts to improve the economic foundation of the province's northwestern region. Bob presented his final report, 'Northwestern Ontario: Preparing For Change,' to Minister Gravelle in March 2008.
On March 1, 2008 he was appointed as the interim Principal of Renison University College in Waterloo.