As a member of our Real Estate Group John represents clients acquiring, disposing, developing, and financing real estate assets.
A former development executive, John brings a unique blend of legal and business thinking to his clients. He specializes in housing, construction, brownfields, procurement, and public and private partnerships.
John possesses extensive front-line experience gained in his previous positions. As General Counsel, Development and acting Vice President, Development for Toronto Community Housing, he was responsible for managing development risks and negotiating with private sector partners and the City of Toronto on joint ventures, construction contracts, and funding agreements. Prior to that, John was a partner and member of McMillan LLP’s Commercial Real Estate Group where he acted as lead counsel on the purchase and development of the former Stelco site in Toronto and the former GM plant north of Montreal. Most recently, John was Chief Executive Officer of the Batawa Development Corporation, which is re-developing the former Bata Shoe factory in Batawa, Ontario. He continues to be involved in Batawa in an advisory capacity.
John is active in his community, currently serving as Chair of the Laidlaw Foundation, an organization offering funding to young people carrying out initiatives addressing issues that concern and inspire them. He is a former Board Member and Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, Canada's largest food bank. John also coaches soccer and hockey.