After 25 years in management with Sobeys Inc., Rob Sobey retired as President and CEO of Lawton’s Drug Stores in January 2014 to focus on philanthropy and governance. He serves as a director of Empire Co., DHX Media Ltd., SeaFort Capital, and Norvista Capital. His main philanthropic and volunteering focus is on education and the visual arts. He is Chair of the NSCC Capital Campaign, the D&R Sobey Queens Scholarship Program, the Kings University D&R Sobey Scholarships, and an Honourary Chair of Venture for Canada. He sits on the Queen’s University School of Business Advisory Board and has served on the boards of NSCC (Chair), Queens, NSCAD (Vice Chair), and Dalhousie University. Rob is a member of the WWF Atlantic Council, is associated with the Sobey Fund for Oceans at Dalhousie, and lectures across the country on family business governance.
A collector and promoter of Canadian art, Mr. Sobey is Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation and its annual Sobey Art Award and is founding Co-Chair of the Tate Museum (UK) Canada Foundation. He is a Distinguished Patron of the National Gallery of Canada, was Honourary Chair of the 2017 Power Plant Power Ball, and served as Chair of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
As Honourary Colonel of the 1st Field Artillery Regiment of Halifax (RCA), Mr. Sobey received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has an undergraduate degree from Queen’s, an MBA from Babson, and the ICD.D designation.