About John

Posted on 2014-07-30 20:32:53 by Updated on 2018-07-16 19:44:48 by

Regional Councillor & Deputy Mayor As Newmarket's Regional Councillor for the past twelve years John has served on over 25 boards and committees including York Region Community and Health Services (Chair), the Canadian National Exhibition Board, Newmarket Economic Development Committee and The Human Services Planning Board (Co-Chair). John has tirelessly advocated for enhanced recreation and social services, responsible spending, and the environment. During his first three terms as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor. John successfully championed The River Walk Commons, Maple Leaf School Playground, the need for new Rental and Affordable housing, and controlled and sustainable growth. John has also been a strong advocate for reduced spending and controlling taxes. Professional Experience John has worked as an independent investment consultant. He was also a partner in a logistics and transportation company that employed more than 25 people. Previously, he worked at Queen's Park as a special assistant to Charles Beer, the Minister of Community and Social Services. He has also worked as a high school English teacher and in the field of education and market research. Education While attending Trent University, The University of Toronto, and The University of British Columbia, John earned bachelor degrees in English and Education, a Master's degree in Canadian Studies, and a Ph.D. in Education. John has also conducted educational research in Thailand, Manitoba, and British Columbia. He taught courses at U.B.C. related to Educational Policy. Part of his work was published as a chapter for a book titled, "First Nations Education in Canada: The Circle Unfolds." John received an award for academic achievement while at U.B.C. Political and Government Experience Over a twenty-year period, John has worked on numerous election campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. He has attended numerous political conferences, conventions and meetings during that time. John has had a particular focus on public policy. John advised Charles Beer on First Nations Issues and general policy matters while working at Queen's Park in the 1980's. Community Experience

  1. Born (1965) and raised in Newmarket
  2. Attended Maple Leaf Public School and Newmarket High School
  3. Past President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation - York Region North
  4. Former Host of Rogers "Focal Point" - a political affairs television program
  5. Member of the Voices of Joy (an all ability choir) fundraising committee
  6. Past Member of the Advisory Board for the Windfall Ecology Festival
  7. Founding Co-Chair of Newmarket's Gala for the Arts
  8. Previous Board Member of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation
  9. Previous Member of the Site Selection Committee Habitat for Humanity
Personal John is married to Michelle and together they have a daughter Addison and a son Ethan. John enjoys reading, basketball and scrabble. 2014-2018 Term of Council
Town of Newmarket Committees
  • Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Community Energy Plan Task Force
  • Yonge Davis Corridor Working Group
  • Newmarket Gala for the Arts (Co-Chair)
  • Earth Hour Planning Committee (Chair)
  • Site Plan Review Committee
York Region Committees
  • Planning and Economic Development Committee
  • Community and Health Services Committee (Chair)
  • Environmental Services Committee
  • Housing York Inc.
  • Human Services Planning Board (Co-Chair)
Community Committees
  • Syrian Refugee Committee
  • Teach for Canada Advisory Board
  • Voices of Joy Fundraising Committee
  • Newmarket Children's Dream Foundation (Chair)
  • Outdoor Arena Fundraising Committee