John has worked at Trent University for over 12 years. He is currently the Manager of Research Partnerships in the Office of Research & Innovation. He is the university’s lead for research infrastructure investment attraction which includes the development of a new 85 acre Research & Innovation Park on the Trent campus in partnership with the City of Peterborough. The Research Park has a clean technology focus. John is also the lead for the university’s extra-curricular youth entrepreneurship programing which includes the planned 2018 launch of the Trent Centre for Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation.
John’s community volunteer activities are focused around economic development, sustainability, and mentoring young entrepreneurs. He is a current Board member of the Innovation Cluster for Peterborough & the Kawarthas, and he is also on the Board for Ontario Agri-Food Technologies.
Prior to joining Trent University, John has had 20 years of experience working in business, as an entrepreneur, and as a senior manager in three different Peterborough based manufacturing companies including the Medical Products division of Johnson & Johnson.
He holds a MBA from the Ivey School of Business.