President and Founder
John is the President and Founder of Intelligent Futures. John’s approach brings together elements of community engagement, strategic planning, effective communication and capacity-building to make sustainability meaningful for the communities and organizations he works with.
For his innovative approaches to sustainability, John was identified as one of Calgary’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2010 and was selected to an international group of emerging leaders invited to the “Global Environmental Governance Forum” in Glion, Switzerland in 2009.
John is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, an instructor at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta, is President of LEAD (Leadership in Environment and Development) Canada and is a member of LEAD International’s training team.
Master in Environmental Design (Planning)
University of Calgary, 2002
Bachelor in Environmental Studies (Honours)
York University, 1997
2012 “Putting People First” workshop with LEAD International at United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
2012 Course designer and instructor: “Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship.” Faculty of Continuing Education, University of Calgary
2012 ECO Canada Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, Calgary, Alberta
2011 ECO Canada Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta
2011 Course designer and instructor: “Professional Planning Practice.” Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
2011 LEAD Canada National Training Session Coordinator, Calgary, Alberta
2011 Course designer and instructor: “Urban Environments.” Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
2008-2011 Course designer and instructor: “Planning the Canadian City.” Urban Studies Program, University of Calgary
2010 LEAD International Training Team, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2009 LEAD International Training Team, Beijing, China
2009 Course Designer and Instructor: “A Boot Camp for Sustainability: Learning to Implement.” Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
2008 Course designer and instructor: “Long Range Planning.” Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
2007 Instructor: “Sustainable Futures: A Boot Camp for Long-Range Planners.” Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
2005 Workshop designer and presenter: “Sustainability Scenarios.” Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2003 Workshop designer and presenter: “Educating the public about planning.” Community Planning Association of Alberta. Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
2012 “Happy Earth Day to You.” University of Calgary Continuing Education Workplace Recess, Calgary, Alberta
2012 “Unlikely Partners in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Alberta,” Upwind Downwind Conference, Hamilton, Ontario.
2010 “The Nunavut Climate Change Adaptation Partnership,” Canadian Institute of Planners Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec
2010 “Engagement in Implementation: The Cochrane Sustainability Plan,” Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network Biennial Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
2010 “Sustainability Planning,” The Postmodern City graduate seminar, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
2010 “What Do Planners Do?” Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, Regina, Saskatchewan
2010 “Sustainability and business,” Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Forum, University of Calgary
2010 “The Legislative Planning Framework,” Architectural Technology Program, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
2010 “Sustainability and imagineCALGARY,” Olympic Heights Elementary School, Calgary, Alberta
2009 “The Cochrane Sustainability Plan,” Calgary Chapter, Alberta Professional Planners Institute of Planners
2009 “imagineCALGARY and Community Visioning,” American Planning Association National Conference, Minneapolis
2009 “Perspectives on Sustainability,” Understanding Sustainability undergraduate course at University of Calgary
2008 “Climate Change and the Planning Profession,” Alberta Professional Planners Institute Annual Conference, Banff, Alberta
2008 “imagineCALGARY,” Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
2007 “The Value of Visioning,” Portland City Council, Portland, Oregon
2007 “imagineCALGARY,” Canadian Institute of Planners National Conference, Quebec City, Quebec
2006 “imagineCALGARY,” World Planners Congress, Vancouver, British Columbia
2005 “The Partners in Planning Program,” Canadian Institute of Planners National Conference, Calgary, Alberta