Senior Advisor Climate Change, Polar & Cryosphere Division
Phone: +1.613.482.2918 ext. 3250
John's academic background is in journalism, communications and political economy. He had a Master's Degree in Northern and Native Studies from Carleton University. His practical northern experience began when he migrated to the Yukon Territory in the early 1980s and got hooked on all things northern.
After working with CBC Radio in the Yukon, he was Cabinet Communications Advisor to Tony Penikett's NDP government. Currently residing in Ottawa, John has worked on policy issues for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, been government relations manager for the Nunavut Planning Commission, and Executive Director of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC). He was also Executive Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in journalism, public administration and geography Yukon College in Whitehorse, Carleton University and the University of Trier in the beautiful Mosel Valley in Germany.