Vice Chair of the Niagara College Board of Governors
John, the Past Chair of the acclaimed Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, is known for his ability to analyze and interpret complex economic and business concepts in the food supply chain, giving considerations to both the macro trends and micro-market influences that affect how and where consumers shop, what they buy and why.
John, who holds a Degree and post graduate training in Economics from Queens University and completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto-Rotman School of Management, stepped down after 23 years as CEO of Canada’s largest retail grocery association, The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, in 2013. In his current capacity he analyzes strategies and frequently speaks on Canada’s retail industry to public and private companies, Governments, Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) and Processing Groups.
John also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), the Canadian Agri Food Policy Institute (CAPI), the North American Advisory Board of Monaghan Mushrooms, and is the past Chair of Markham Stouffville Hospital. He holds the designation ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.