Robert specializes in providing practical business and governance solutions to a wide range of organizations operating in the social enterprise sector. Robert developed his appreciation for the unique challenges facing small businesses by packaging nails and selling fertilizer in his father’s High Park-area Home Hardware.
Robert’s engagement in the entrepreneural space extends to his role as a mentor in OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst program. Robert is always happy to introduce inspiring people throughout his professional network.
After graduating from Queen’s University with an honours degree in Commerce Robert worked with a start-up company in Germany, acted as an English Instructor in Japan and volunteered as a human rights intern with Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana. He returned home and earned a JD from the University of Toronto in 2008, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2009.
Before co-founding Wakulat Dhirani LLP, Robert operated his own practice and was a legal professional with Japan’s largest corporate law firm Nishimura & Asahi.
Industry Expertise (4)
Renewables and Environmental
Areas of Expertise (9)
Early-Stage Capital Raising
Renewable Energy Law & Policy
Queen's University: B.Comm (Houours), Commerce 2000
Activities and Societies: Queen's Marketing Association Conference, Inter-Collegiate Business Competition, Commerce Yearbook, P&CC
University of Toronto: Juris Doctor, Law 2008
Essay winner of the 2008 Canadian Bar Association National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section David Estrin Law School Essay Contest. (To be published in Autumn 2008.) Activities and Societies: International Human Rights Program, Downtown Legal Services, Ultra Vires Student-run Faculty Newspaper, Competitive Mooting
The ins and outs of Energy Services AgreementsEnergy Manager
Energy retrofits of industrial and commercial buildings have recently proven to be one of the more popular initiatives for Canadian landlords and tenants (“project proponents”) seeking to brandish their green credentials or, simply enough, to save money. However, comprehensive retrofits can be quite costly with high initial capital costs and long payback periods. Incentives such as the federal government’s ecoEnergy Retrofit, BOMA Toronto’s Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) $60-million fund and Toronto Hydro’s Business Incentive Program have been attempts to make some of these investments more palatable to building owners and operators.
Commonwealth Human Rights InitiativeCHRI Newsletter
While undertaking their duty to protect the rights of Ghanaian citizens, members of the Ghana Police Service often find themselves having to decide what level of force is appropriate in apprehending suspected lawbreakers. It is not uncommon to see headlines related to this issue such as, “Cop Faces Murder Charge”, on a page in The Daily Graphic last year. Even when the Police successfully arrest a suspect, the level of force they use is often not warranted given the circumstances.