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Bob Penner

Bob Penner is the President and CEO of Strategic Communications Inc.  (Stratcom), a strategy, polling and fundraising firm that he founded in 1991.

Bob has been the pollster, strategist and senior advisor for a large number of political and advocacy campaigns in Canada and other countries. Clients have included Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall and the Federal New Democratic Party, and its leader Jack Layton. Stratcom’s services include general strategy, polling, communications, voter contact phone programs and fundraising.

Prior to founding Stratcom, Bob was a peace and environmental activist. Originally from Toronto, Bob now lives in Vancouver with his partner, fiction writer Shaena Lambert, and their two children.


How the media and the NPA got it wrong in the Vancouver election

This is the fourth Vancouver election in a row where I have been a pollster (the last three for Vision Vancouver), and this was the oddest I’ve seen here – or anywhere else I’ve worked for that...