John has been involved in the energy business for several decades. While in university, he assisted the maintenance staff for the student residents implement an energy and water conservation program. After university, John work at the former Ontario Hydro where he was a key player in the development of a residential energy audit program, the first of its kind in Canada. While still at Ontario Hydro, he was the architect of a residential Heat Pump Program and a research program to determine the conservation potential in electrically heated home. John and his family moved to Sudbury in the late 80’s, to work at Sudbury Hydro. While there he initiated a low income weatherization program, piloted an electric Water Heater Tune-Up program for Ontario Hydro, help establish a not-for-profit company that undertook ‘all-energy’ audits of homes and created the Electric Blue Box consumer education program. In the late 90’s he was recruited by the Sudbury Hydro Board of Directors to build a telecommunications business, a successful company that is still operating today. John went on to work at the Ontario Power Authority, where he created a number of programs, including the Aboriginal Conservation Program and Community Energy Plan program. John facilitated the discussions between the OPA and off-grid First Nations in Northwestern Ontario to connect their communities to the provincial electrical grid. While at the OPA John has worked with a number of First Nations in their assessment of the feasibility of renewable energy projects. He also worked as an independent consultant with several First Nations in the development of renewable energy projects.