Robert Sankey

Though it began in forestry, Rob’s career eventually took root in finance. Rob has spent more than 20 years applying some of what he learned from Western Canada’s forests – about growth, yield, adaptability, succession and resilience – to the investment management industry. During his years at Burgundy, Rob has worked across several functions including operations, compliance and performance measurement. The majority of his time, however, has been spent in the investment department researching businesses across the world and serving as Burgundy’s Director of Research.

Rob’s real passions at work are two-fold: people and investing. He is grateful for the opportunities Burgundy has provided him to focus on both. Today, as Chief Executive Officer, Rob works closely with people across the firm to ensure Burgundy delivers an outstanding overall experience for clients. Internally, he is focused on fostering a culture that instills a deep collective purpose in our people, while providing autonomy, personal growth and the chance to have real impact.

Burgundy Experience

  • Joined Burgundy in 2005
  • Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016
  • Appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2019
  • Previous roles include: Chief Operating Officer, Director of Research, Emerging Markets equity Investment Analyst, Canadian equity Investment Analyst, fixed income Investment Analyst, Compliance, Performance Measurement

Relevant Experience

  • 20+ years of combined professional experience
  • Experience includes positions at: Russell/Mellon Analytical Services, CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services, HSBC Bank Canada


  • CFA charterholder
  • Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of British Columbia

Memberships and Community

  • Member, Campaign Cabinet, CAMH Foundation
  • Director and Investment Committee Member, Cystic Fibrosis Canada
  • YPO International, Maple Leaf Chapter
  • Member, CFA Society Toronto
  • Member, CFA Institute


The 100 Year Culvert

The 100 Year Culvert

The Journal | April 2020

Before my career in investing I had a career in forestry, where I spent most of my time working on Vancouver Island and on Canada’s Northwest coast – to this...

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June 2017

Since assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer at Burgundy last December, one of the common questions I get asked by clients is about my background, my career and education....

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