Robert Kiley (Bio)

Robert Kiley, MPP candidate

Robert Kiley was born, raised and educated in Kingston. As a teacher, a community leader and someone who works with small businesses, the principles of social, economic, environmental and democratic justice shape his personal and political life. Robert has taught grades 8 to 10 across Ontario and Quebec in math, English and history. He has held leadership roles in a number of organizations in our riding.

Social justice
Robert is the former executive director of the Frontenac-Kingston Council on Aging. There, he secured core funding for the NGO that focuses on elder abuse prevention.

Robert also campaigned for community schools and libraries and against a casino. His masters’ research project (at Queen’s) looked at the impact of casino gambling on individuals aged 55+.

He is a long-time volunteer with youth-at-risk and seniors, as well as with many other agencies in our riding, like the Food Bank and Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Economic justice
Robert is the head of public relations and communications for Open Door Media. Here he works with a strong team to grow small businesses and non-profits across the country.

Robert is campaigning on lowering payroll taxes for small businesses and balanced provincial budgets, with the long-term goal of paying down Ontario’s ($312 billion) debt. One of his favourite courses during his masters was behavioural economics.

He has volunteered with Innovate Kingston to advance their work supporting entrepreneurship and startups.

Environmental justice
Robert was a fundraising supervisor for one of the country’s largest environmental NGOs. His work focused on responsible resource extraction and maintaining healthy ecosystems.

Robert’s campaigns have always focused on responsible, sustainable energy. He has fought to protect old growth forests and bees. During his undergrad degree, Robert studied environmental design and environmental assessment in grad school.

He served as a member of the Cataraqui Regional Conservation Authority Lemoine Point advisory group for many years and is a member of Wintergreen Renewable Energy Coop.

Democratic justice
Robert shared the stage with MP Nathan Cullen as part of the “Keep Your Promise” tour and publicly held Mark Gerretsen to account for the Liberals’ flip-flop on electoral reform on TV Cogego’s Community Voices.

Robert has supported proportional representation since the 2007 provincial referendum and wants to reform how MPPs/MPs vote: every vote should be free a free vote, not controlled by the party leaders or whips.

He is a member of Fair Vote Canada and is part of a group educating voters on the upcoming municipal referendum on Ranked Ballots. Robert was a lead facilitator for Open Kingston, a democracy project promoting transparency in local government.

Across his work in social, economic, environmental and democratic justice, Robert is a leader in our community.

From teaching in classrooms, to advocating in conference rooms and meeting people in town halls, living rooms and door-to-door, Robert is deeply committed to putting service over self. He would be honoured to do so as your MPP.