Director, Institute for Risk Research, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo and Broadleaf Capital International
John is a traffic and transportation engineer who became involved in risks of dangerous goods after the 1979 Mississauga train derailment. In 1982 he became the director of the Institute for Risk Research (IRR) until 2010. He participated in the Krever Inquiry on the safety of the Blood System in Canada. Other health studies have concerned risks and benefits of pharmaceutical drugs and Xenotransplantation. Recently, the IRR managed a series of 5 international meetings on Clean Air and Health resulting in new policies in the UK and the US. In the last 30 years John has been involved with risk studies in transportation (marine, rail, trucks, transit, and pipelines), chemical plant safety, risk communications, management of “public risks”, water supply, food safety, and so forth. He gives about 5 talks a year on risk management particularly implementing 31000. Recent contributions to risk management have been in the area of Enterprise Risk Management with chapters on ISO 31000 in a 2009 Wiley business book and a 2010 article in the Journal of Policy Engagement. John has served on 3 Canadian standards committees (including CSA 31001 (2011)) and 3 ISO standards committees (including ISO 31000) over the last 20 years.