For over 20 years John represented Safeway’s $5 billion business interests across Western Canada, most recently in the senior role of Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations. As part of his duties, John has had exposure to a wide range of sustainability issues, including being part of the company’s onboarding team for many waste diversion programs across the West.
In 2017, John joined the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), a not-for-profit, industry-funded association that representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada. As Alberta’s largest private sector employer, more than 250,000 Albertans are currently employed in the retail sector.
RCC and its members understand the vital link between a healthy environment and a healthy economy, and currently participate in nearly a hundred environmental stewardship programs across the country. As a director on the boards of Alberta Recycling, Encorp Pacific, and Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, and through his participation on the RCC EPR / Stewardship Committee, John has developed an appreciation for the complexity of these issues.
John is married with two children and resides in Winnipeg – home of the future Stanley Cup Champions.