Robert C. McLeod was first elected in a by-election in 2004 to the 15th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories as the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes. He was re-elected in October 2007. Mr. McLeod served on the Standing Committee on Social Programs during the 15th Legislative Assembly and served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Programs during the 16th Legislative Assembly until his election to the Executive Council on October 6th, 2008. Mr. McLeod served as the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, the Minister Responsible for the Worker's Safety and Compensation Commission, the Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation and the Minister Responsible for Youth during the 16th Assembly. Mr. McLeod was acclaimed as the Member for Inuvik Twin Lakes in 2011.
Mr. McLeod was born in Akalvik, NT and was raised in Inuvik's west end. He moved to Aklavik in 1982 where he lived for the next 22 years. He currently lives in Inuvik. He has previously served as an elected official as a Councillor in Aklavik from 1983-1985, and was also Mayor of Aklavik frfom 1987-1989.
Mr. McLeod attending Sir Alexander Mackenzie School and Samuel Hearne Secondary School in Inuvik and went on to study at New Brunswick Community College in Moncton. He then attended Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta where he obtained his Journeyman Carpenter certificate and his Interprovincial Red Seal.
Mr. McLeod is a recipient of the Lakeland College Distinguised Alumni award and also appeared on the Vermillion Campus Wall of Distinction in 2010.
Mr. McLeod has served on a volunteer basis as the vice president of the Inuvik Curling Club and as president of the Aklavik Canoe Club and Aklavik Curling Club. He has been a player, coach and manager of the Aklavik hockey and fastpitch teams. He was a recipient of the NWT Volunteer Award and the Good Neighbour Award.
Mr. McLeod's hobbies and interests include curling, badminton, fastpitch, reading and snowmobiling. He was a member of the winning Aklavik Team in the bicentennial canoe race from Fort Providence to Inuvik in 1989.
Mr. McLeod and Judy, his wife of 34 years, have three children: Ryan (Fiona), Janesta (Freddie), and Kimberly (Raymond). Mr. McLeod's pride and joy are his four grandchildren: Rylan, Reese and Morgan Sophia and Kullen Ray Alexander.