John is Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer for GMS, responsible for Human Resources, Customer Care, Claims, Community Engagement and Partnerships. He brings substantial expertise in transformational change and a reputation for developing robust workplace cultures to his leadership of GMS’ key operational functions. John‘s extensive record of leveraging and nurturing strategic partnerships and alliances will play a critical role as GMS builds upon and expands external relationships to enhance customer experiences.
Before joining GMS, John served as President and CEO of Economic Development Regina Inc. for more than eight years, refreshing the organization’s strategic direction, securing and leveraging increased investment and leading the development and execution of Regina’s first Entrepreneurial Strategy. John also led the start-up, strategic planning and execution of the largest multi-sport event held in Saskatchewan, the 2005 Canada Summer Games, proclaimed the most successful Canada Games ever by the Chair of the Canada Games Council.
John’s strong belief that we should give back to the community where we live, work and raise our families has led him to key volunteer leadership roles with a variety of organizations and not for profits including: University of Regina Hill/Levene School of Business, the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Regina Palliative Care Inc., Regina Community Basketball, Kids Help Phone and Kidsport Saskatchewan.
An active lifestyle is also a priority for John who likes to golf, skate ski, mountain bike and loves to share time at the cottage with family and friends.