John received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1986. The University of Waterloo is also where John completed his Masters (1988 – Thesis: Spatial Analysis for Acid Precipitation Network Design) and Ph.D. (1993 – Thesis: Remote Sensing of Shallow Snow Cover for Use in Distributed Hydrologic Models).
John worked in both the private sector and academia during his career. His diverse experience includes seven years at a large engineering consulting firm, three years at information technology startup companies, and ten years in Canadian college leadership positions, including Dean of Engineering & Information Technology, and Vice Presidential roles responsible for areas such as Applied Research, International Education, and Community Development. John joined the University of Guelph in 2013 as an Associate Professor & Graduate Attributes Coordinator in the School of Engineering.
John is actively involved in CEAB accreditation, and the graduate attribute and curriculum improvement process. John’s research interests are focused on scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering, the contribution of humanities and social sciences to the engineering curriculum, and leadership in engineering. He currently teaches courses in engineering design and engineering leadership.
John enjoys contributing to collaborative organizations and has served as Director on several not-for-profit boards, including the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Communitech (Waterloo Region’s Technology Association), and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. In the engineering academic community, John currently serves as the President-Elect of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA) and is a member of the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development (EGAD) project. In his local community John serves as Vice Chair of the Sunnyside Foundation in Kitchener, Ontario, raising funds to help support the well-being of seniors.