Robert Sampson

The “Bobby Effect”

Robert (Bobby) Sampson puts his skills as a well-connected lawyer to great use helping newcomers transition to the Canadian workforce. He does this so well, that some of his mentee’s describe his impact as the “Bobby Effect”.

“Robert is a generous and dedicated mentor who helped me achieve my goal of teaching law at a Canadian university,” says Clémence Naré who moved to Ottawa from the United States in 2013. She is originally from Burkina Faso. Clémence was part of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Federal Internship for Newcomers program.

“In 2015, I was lucky to be matched with Robert. Since then, I benefitted from his expertise and dedication as he guided me and supported me selflessly through my professional and personal settlement adventures, and he helped speed up my integration process in the very competitive Canadian labor market.”

Robert encouraged Clémence to apply for positions which she initially thought were out of her reach, and he reviewed and disseminated her resume within his wide professional network. He even introduced her to people in the legal field, opening doors that eventually led to her to becoming a part-time lecturer in international law at the l’École Nationale d’Administration Publique, Université du Québec en Outaouais.  Clémence also works with the International Institute for Sustainable development as a legal advisor and outreach manager for the Intergovernmental forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development.