Robert Valela is a Project Manager and Paraprofessional Couples Coach for Couple HOPES, a research study. Furthermore, Robert is employed at the Canadian Armed Forces as an Intelligence Officer and has experience working for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command department. Lastly, Robert volunteers for the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto and the Canadian Suicide Prevention Service as a Crisis and Supportive Counselling Responder.

Robert graduated from Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in human resources management with a minor and a certificate in psychology from Ryerson University, where he is also pursuing a mental health and addictions certificate. Additionally, he has completed an advanced diploma in human resources administration from George Brown College and a certificate of military achievement in military intelligence from the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence.

Robert’s professional experiences and studies have developed his scholarly interest in the military, organizational behaviour, technology, psychology, and effective communication methods.

Robert is dedicated to solving real-world challenges by establishing innovative partnerships, applying scientific insights, evidence-based methods, and strategic theories to operational planning and tactical implementation in order to develop effective solutions.