The Honourable Robert Peterson retired on October 19, 2012.
Born in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan, Robert W. Peterson is widely recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s leading entrepreneurs and community activists.
In 1961, Mr. Peterson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and he has been a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan since 1964.
His remarkable professional career began as a Project Engineer and Manager of the Regina operation with B.B. Torchinsky and Associates Ltd. and Western Caissons Ltd., consulting soils engineers and foundation contractors. From 1962 to 1969 Mr. Peterson held several important senior-level and managerial posts in a variety of engineering firms. He was Assistant Manager of Subterranean (Western) Ltd.; Structural Department Head for Underwood McLellan and Associates Ltd.; and Structural and Municipal Department Head for W.L. Wardrop and Associates Ltd. In 1969 he formed Projects Unlimited, a specialized engineering and project management company for residential and industrial land developer clients, as a principal and General Manager. After the successful sale of Projects Unlimited in 1979, Mr. Peterson joined Denro Holdings Ltd., a diversified corporation involved in real-estate development, investor fund management and property management. He was appointed as Vice-President responsible for residential and commercial development projects in 1979 and then named Senior Vice-President in 1992. He was the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to 2010.
Mr. Peterson’s community activities are extensive. He was the past President of the Regina Jaycees and Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Regina John Howard Society. He has also been a Director of the Saskatchewan Home Builders Association; Vice-Chair of the Regina Regional Economic Development Authority; and a former member of the City of Regina Planning Commission, among many other notable positions. Moreover, he was a Director of the Cameco Corporation, the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company.
Mr. Peterson was appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. His parliamentary involvement includes membership on the Senate Standing Committee for Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, the Senate Standing Committee for Aboriginal Peoples, the Senate Standing Committee on National Defence and the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance. Prior to the 40th Parliament he was also a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Lastly, Senator Peterson is committed to six Inter-Parliamentary Groups and Associations as well as six Parliamentary Associations.
Mr. Peterson is married with three children. He sits in the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.