John joined the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) as chief executive officer on October 1, 2019. As CEO, John is responsible for delivering the functions that regulate Alberta’s confined livestock feeding sector under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA), and for the development of policies and procedures that support these functions. John is also responsible for the NRCB’s corporate services and science and technology capacity, to ensure the Board is well-supported to carry out its authorities under AOPA, and under the Natural Resources Conservation Board Act.
Before joining the NRCB, John served in the Alberta government for more than 30 years, with broad experience in applied research, policy development, and service provision. He began his career with Alberta Agriculture’s agronomy unit and went on to hold senior management positions in the areas of food safety, crop diversification, industry development, the Alberta Grains Council, crop breeding, and livestock research. Most recently, John was assistant deputy minister (ADM) in Alberta Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism, and in Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
As ADM of science and innovation in Alberta Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism, John and his team determined priority investment areas for creating new knowledge and technology to create wealth, improve health outcomes, and protect and enhance the environment. The department led the Government of Alberta’s efforts to position the province as a world-class destination for research, innovation, and commercialization.
In Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, John was ADM of industry and rural development. Through research, development, extension, and business services, the department helped industry decrease costs, increase the value of products, capture market opportunities, and effectively manage risks. In rural communities, John worked with organizations such as 4-H, agricultural societies, agricultural service boards, rural utilities, and other rural stakeholders to enhance organizational governance, strengthen individual skills, and develop supportive community infrastructure.
John is a graduate of the University of Alberta in Soil Science and Agronomy.