John is a Chartered Professional Accountant who retired as a Partner with Ernst & Young in 2010. His more than 30-year accounting career included numerous senior positions, including Managing Partner for both the Halifax office and for Atlantic Canada, as well as a Director in the firm’s Quality and Risk Management group in New York. John has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia (FCPA). He completed the Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2012 to obtain his ICD.D designation.
He is the Chairman of Silica Investments Inc. and President of the Halifax Youth Foundation. He previously served as Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation as well as Chair of their Audit Committee. John served as Chair of the Teachers’ Pension Plan Trustee Inc. from 2010 to June 2020.