Robbie grew up in Ottawa and following in his father and grandfathers footsteps, he is the third generation Davidson to work with the hard of hearing. Robbie started working with his father in 1999 as a summer job while he was studying at the University of Ottawa. He recalls that right away he loved the close team he worked with and seeing how they were able to make such a significant difference in people’s day-to-day lives. This along with keeping up with the quickly changing technology side of the industry was enough for him to become excited about joining the family business.
Upon completing his audiology degree from the University of British Columbia in 2006, he joined the Davidson Hearing Aid Centres team as a full-time audiologist. He notes that he has immensely enjoyed working alongside his father for 20+ years and he couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. His love of audiology and desire to go above and beyond for patients was recognized by the Canadian Academy of Audiology who awarded him the Jean Kienapple Award for Clinician Excellence in 2021.
Currently, Robbie finds himself wearing many different hats at Davidson Hearing Aid Centres, which he says unfortunately means he has much less time for working directly with clients than he used to. Nevertheless, the clinical audiology side is still his favourite part of his work. Reflecting on the last two decades at Davidson, he is the most proud of the team that they’ve assembled and really enjoys dropping into each of the clinics and working alongside the different staff members.
When Robbie isn’t working, he spends the majority of his time with his wife and young children who bring him so much joy and laughter. However, he also finds a special solace when he can go out and ride his bike. This is when he can really disengage from the day-to-day life and just “be in the moment.”