John retired as CEO of RBC Global Asset Management in 2015, at which point the company managed $370 billion in assets, placing it among the 50 largest asset managers worldwide. John currently serves as Director and Audit Chair for the following organizations: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, AbCellera Inc. (NASDAQ), and Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals (TSX). He also serves as Director and member of the Audit and ESG Committees of Aritzia Inc. (TSX), and Chairs White Crane Capital, a Vancouver-based hedge fund.
John’s past volunteer roles have included Chair of the UBC Board of Governors, Chair of The Vancouver Police Foundation, Killam Trusts Trustee, co-Founder of Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation and Chair of the Vancouver Public Library Capital Campaign. He now supports our communities as a Director for the Gairdner Foundation, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation, and Windmill Microlending, and is the current Chair of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. As a longtime member of the UBC Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, he also serves as honorary chair of the school’s campaign committee.
John holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from the University of British Columbia, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.