Steve Robitaille, MBA
EducationMBA, University of Wales
Born in Moose Jaw, Steve grew up in an expat family and lived in Turkey and West Africa in his youth. This cosmopolitan global view of the world carried over into his work and ministry life, and Steve was blessed to work and live in England, France, the French and English-speaking West African countries, and Malta, Tunisia, and Morocco.
Steve has an extensive array of business experience. He has held several senior management positions or operated as the principal in sectors like financial services, the service industry, manufacturing, advertising/marketing and publishing, and non-profit corporations and charitable organizations.
Parallel to his business career, Steve has been involved in pastoral and youth/young adult ministry.
Along with extensive industry-related training over the years, Steve has wide-ranging undergrad educational experience including McGill University, Hebron Ministerial Institute, and SIAST.
Steve studied Corporate Strategy from Michael Porter at Harvard Business School. This unique and insightful disciplinary approach led to Steve co-authoring a detailed work on the Zurich Banking Cluster. Later Steve authored a rigorous work on the Canadian Retail Banking Sector. The paper highlighted the historical evolution of the Canadian Financial Services industry in the Global context. Steve zeroed in on the retail investing landscape and offered critical analysis of portfolio design methodology, regulatory approach, and product provider competitive structure analysis.
Steve’s current doctoral research is focused on improving the effectiveness of Strategic Planning Implementation. Here is an excerpt of his current work:
"As an experienced manager and leader with twenty years of successful industry pedigree I experienced an interesting tension reconciling theory to practice. It was because of this journey that I discovered that great research could include the rigour required from quantitative analysis and the insights made possible through qualitative analysis. Further, it also could include attention being paid to organizational practices and their accomplishments. In other words the research should be empirically sound and socially situated. Holistic analysis should involve a prismatic approach of the interaction of these three lenses of understanding: quantitative, qualitative and practice."