I started working for CRE/NRA in 1989 on the Chicotin-Fraser Rivers and what were then called the Queen Charlotte Islands (now Haida Gwaii). I headed to the Tat and other northern rivers in 1991. I consider the Tatshenshini River my home away from home. I’ve travelled the river 44 times experiencing its many moods and also its ability to serve as the perfect backdrop for community building among guides and guests.
Wolfville, Nova Scotia is my home which I share with my partner and two boys. I’m a Professor at Acadia University teaching in the Community Development and Environment and Sustainability Studies programs. I’m particularly interested in research involving renewable energy development and how this can support community development of our coastal and rural communities.
John is busy as the new Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program at Acadia University and working on a book on impacts of energy infrastructure in Canada. His youngest son Callan is graduating from high school this year and entering a conservation and environmental technology program while his older son, Keeler, is in second year biology as Acadia.
I will be travelling with students from Acadia University’s Community Development program to Peru for the month of April 2018 to work in several communities exploring the impacts of Fair Trade practices in coffee, tea and cocoa production. On the home front, my boys are doing great as Keeler continues his studies in biology at Acadia University and my youngest Callan coaches and wins the 16 and under Nova Scotia Brazilian jiu jitsu tournament in Nova Scotia.
John had a great Alsek River trip this year and looks forward to returning to the rivers in 2017. Over the next 6-8 months, John will be busy taking over as Chair of the Community Development program at Acadia University, working on a tourism development strategy for the Village of Port Clements in Haida Gwaii, and continuing his work on community and stakeholder engagement issues related to tidal energy development in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. His oldest son, Keeler, will be graduating from high school this year and going to Acadia University in the fall to study biology.