Robert D. Bott is a Calgary-based writer, editor and communications consultant specializing in energy, forestry and the environment. He was a reporter and editor for United Press International (1965-74) and the Calgary Herald (1974-77); managing editor of Energy Magazine (1981-82); a contract editor of energy-related articles for The Canadian Encyclopedia (1983-84); writer-interviewer, Business Watch, CBC-TV (1982-84); writer in residence, Lethbridge Community College (1986); sessional instructor, magazine writing, Mount Royal College, Calgary (1987); business columnist, Calgary Herald (1987-90); contributor, columnist and consultant, Oilweek, Calgary (1992-94).
Since 1990 he has developed many educational publications and web pages for the Petroleum Communication Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Energy Information. He has prepared reports for energy and forestry companies on health and safety, environmental performance, forest stewardship, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He has written or co-authored corporate histories of oil pipeline and forestry companies. He wrote the fifth, sixth and seventh editions of Our Petroleum Challenge, the basic text on the Canadian oil and gas industry.
Recent clients include the National Energy Board, the Canadian Centre for Energy Information, and Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries. His editing work generally involves substantive or structural editing of texts on energy, forestry and/or the environment, and he has also consulted on publication design and photo selection. He does some plain-language and copy editing.
He is a 32-year member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and a director of the Petroleum History Society. He is a recipient of the Petroleum History Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, four National Journalism Awards for petroleum writing, and one Western Magazine Award.