Rob Castle

Governance, policy and management support

Rob Castle is a proven not-for-profit and post-secondary education executive with a strong record of achievement in strategic reviews, organizational change, governance, and policy development. Rob is a confident and clear communicator who translates strategy, goals, policy and direction into action.  Skilled at both intra- and inter-organizational cross-functional negotiations, he has a history of achieving mutually agreeable resolutions to a wide spectrum of complex situations through collaborative, facilitative leadership. 

Selected Achievements

  • Led development process for sexual violence policy at major post-secondary institution, which was celebrated as best practices in the sector. Developed concept for independent sexual violence response office. 
  • Oversaw implementation of recommendations of comprehensive campus safety audit, transforming the university’s approach to community-based safety; created and led new campus safety department during transitional 15 months; guided development of revised security intervention model to improve community support 
  • Negotiated terms and conditions for development and construction of New Student Centre ($85M), with unique financing structure in Canadian university sector 
  • Led transition of international development NGO from near collapse to thriving operation, proactively changing the culture to ensure good balance between its non-profit mission and a business approach to management 

Prior Experience


York University 

  • Senior Executive Officer to the Vice-President Finance and Administration (VPFA) 
  • Senior Advisor, Policy, Operations, and Communications to the VPFA 

York University Student Centre  

  • Executive Director 

Youth Challenge International 

  • Interim Executive Director 

Community and Volunteer 

  • York University Security Advisory Council (2001-2011)(Chair) 
  • York University Campus Safety Committee (1994-2001)(Chair) 
  • Mediate@York, mediator and board member (2003-2006) 
  • Excalibur Board of Publications (2005-2012)(Chair) 
  • Youth Challenge International Board Chair (following interim ED role) 
  • Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre Board (1988 to present, holding various executive posts) 
  • Harry Sherman Crowe Cooperative Housing Community Board (2011-2019, external board member)(Board Secretary) 
  • Church of St Mary Magdalene 

Church Warden, Cantor, Chair (Parish Selection Committee, Building Committee, Fundraising Committee) 


  • Studied history at York University and University of Warwick 
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, University of Toronto Continuing Education