Robert Kryszko is a federally recognized status Indian (Mi'gmag) from Pabineau First Nation. He graduated from Bathurst High School in 1982, and from the 1980s to the early 2000s, Robert held executive positions in the commercial and communal fisheries, forestry, and housing sectors. He also has plenty of experience in policy and procedure development and implementation, and has served as an executive member on committees including the: Conflict of Interest Committee, Salmon Enhancement and Conservation Committee, Timber Harvest and Management Committee, Residential Housing Rehabilitation Committee, and Community Planning Committee.
Robert was elected as the Councillor for the Pabineau First Nation in 2004, and was subsequently re-elected for another term in office. Within the first two years of his council’s term in office, they had lifted Pabineau out of 3rd party management and increased own-source revenue to a record level. In 2004, approximately 60% of community members had employment, and by 2006 over 90% of community members were working.
Robert is the first aboriginal in NBCC Miramichi campus history to be elected as Vice President to the NBCC Student Representative Council and Board of Directors. Not long after, in November of 2010, Robert was the first Aboriginal to be elected as Vice President on the Provincial Council of Student Executives; representing over 5,000 post-secondary students. Robert received a diploma in business administration and marketing from NBCC in 2011.
Robert knows that his experience negotiating complex agreements and spearheading economic development projects, alongside his passion for decreasing poverty and creating sustainable community wealth, will serve him well as the representative for Acadie—Bathurst.