Rob Burgess was the chairman and CEO of Macromedia from 1996-2005 until its acquisition by Adobe. Under his leadership, Rob led Macromedia’s transformation from being the leader in multimedia tools for creating CD-ROMS, to becoming the leader in multimedia tools for the internet. Macromedia was purchased for $4B – the 5th largest deal in software history.


From 1991-1995 he was CEO of Alias and Alias/Wavefront which became the leader in 3D software for motion picture special effects. Directors like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg used Alias software to create the first generation of these effects in movies like Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park. Alias developed Maya, which won the Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement.


Born and raised in Toronto, Rob spent many years working in non-profits for youth development. His three sons continued that tradition through middle and high school by raising over $300,000 for Kids Against Poverty, a charity they created that was inspired by a year-long trip they took visiting orphanages and schools in developing nations around the world. The funds they raised enabled the development of mobile computer labs used to educate remote tribes throughout mid-Africa.


Rob serves on the boards of Adobe, Nvidia, and Roger's Communications in Canada, and has been chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula for the last four years. He was given an Honorary Doctor of Laws at his alma mater, McMaster University, where he gave the commencement address.