John is a highly respected leader who has inspired and led the community to imagine a bigger future in life sciences. In 2013 he was inducted in to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. In 2015 he was given Life Sciences Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award. John is a founding member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association, chairman, Flax Canada 2015 Inc.; past chairman of the Crop Protection Institute, and the Canadian Animal Health Institute. He also serves as a member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, Board of Governors of the University of Guelph and held several positions on corporate boards as Chairman of the Board, and Director. John has a long history in agriculture and business. In 1965 he joined Eli Lilly in agricultural promotion and advertising. After holding several marketing positions, John became the Director of Elanco Products in 1971 and Vice-President of Eli Lilly Canada in 1976. In 1989, he became President of DowElanco Canada, Inc., a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Eli Lilly to research, manufacture and market crop protection and plant biotechnology products. In 1997 he combined his interest in biotechnology and government affairs into Maple Leaf Bio-Concepts.