Rob Batherson has more than 20 years of experience in business, volunteer leadership and public policy.
As co-owner and President of Colour PR, a creative social agency with offices in Atlantic Canada, Toronto and New York, Rob was part of the team that moved the company’s head office to downtown Halifax in 2013. He understands the realities of our modern economy through his work with many businesses and other organizations in a wide range of sectors here at home and across the country.
In the community, Rob has devoted countless hours to progressive causes, like arts and culture, business advocacy, transportation, post-secondary education, learning and fighting poverty. For more than a decade, he served on the board of directors of Neptune Theatre, including three years as President. His service at Neptune was recognized last year when he was named one of only seven living people in the theatre’s 55-year history to be honourary director.
As Chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce in 2015-2016, Rob spoke out on the need for more immigration to Nova Scotia and tax relief, especially to help our locally-owned businesses in downtown Halifax and in the Spring Garden Road area.
Halifax Regional Council has twice nominated Rob to the board of Halifax Stanfield International Airport. He also serves on the board of directors of EduNova Cooperative Limited, which promotes Nova Scotia as an international education destination, as well as on the board of governors of Sacred Heart School of Halifax, a nationally accredited independent school whose roots in our community date back more than 160 years. He is also a volunteer for Junior Achievement Nova Scotia’s Business Hall of Fame.
Rob served on three United Way Halifax Campaign Teams and continues to be a leadership level supporter. A former board member of Mount Saint Vincent University, Rob’s work was saluted in 2016 when he was presented with the university’s Exceptional Voluntary Service Award.
Prior to entering the private sector, Rob worked from the 1999 through 2005 in the office of Premier John Hamm, first as press secretary, concluding as communications director. He also previously worked on Parliament Hill as an advisor to Members of Parliament, including Nova Scotia’s Peter MacKay. His time in public service began as a communications coordinator and researcher in the Nova Scotia PC Caucus Office, where he worked closely with Halifax Citadel MLA Terry Donahoe on files related to justice and public education.
In the Nova Scotia general election held May 30, 2017, Rob was the Progressive Conservative candidate in the constituency of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island. In a short campaign, Rob and his team earned a larger share of voter support for the PC Party in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island in more than a decade and reduced the incumbent party’s margin of victory by close to 50 per cent.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Public Relations degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in French.