Robert Butcher was born in England and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Wales. He came to Canada in 1982 to continue his studies at the University of Western Ontario. He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with a concentration in ethics. He taught courses in Philosophy and Ethics at Western for over fifteen years. He has published academic articles on health and sport ethics, and a book on police ethics and has served as the ethicist for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. He has also written numerous articles on ethical issues for the popular press. Since 1990 Robert has provided ethics consulting services to the health, sport, government and business sectors, through Foundations: Consultants on Ethics and Values.
Robert currently provides ethics services to some twenty hospitals and health-care facilities. He recently developed an education programme on Ethics and Accreditation for Health-Care Facilities, which is currently being offered nationally and internationally by Accreditation Canada. Robert is a frequent speaker at workshops and conferences and is well-known for engaging and challenging his audiences in reflection and debate.
In his real life Rob is father to six and grandfather to three. He lives with his wife and some of those children in London, Ontario.