As a result of John’s work with United States government, civilian law enforcement and Aboriginal law enforcement, he possesses an uncanny ability to understand people and relationships. This skill has allowed him to work, most recently, with the New Brunswick provincial government and Elsipogtog First Nation to provide peacekeeping services during environmental disputes with industry. He encouraged collaboration among stakeholders to ensure that cultural sensitivities remained a priority.
In addition to his expertise in relationship and team building, he has worked with heavy equipment and coordinated construction projects. Through these assignments he has managed personnel, scheduling, budgeting, safety and quality assurance to comply with building safety codes.
John, a Mailseet from Tobique First Nation, served for 14 years in the United States Army and was deployed twice to Iraq during his service. He received a Bronze Star for combat leadership during his last deployment to Iraq. He completed his military career as a Staff Sergeant with the Maine National Guard directing combat engineering missions. He has also provided assistance in disaster relief for Hurricane Irene, among others.
As Chief of Police for the Band of Maliseet Indians and in his other roles as detective and patrolman for local law enforcement, he coordinated with all levels of government to assure adequate funding to support operations. Furthermore, he built a law enforcement program from the ground up for the Band of Maliseet Indians.
John believes in the spirit of collaboration and facilitates consultations between Aboriginal groups, industry and government. A strong emphasis on mutual respect and education guides participants through the process, ultimately leading to a better understanding of the other party. He has been instrumental in facilitating a partnership with NGAI and High Velocity Equipment Training College of Calgary to provide on-site training to Aboriginal groups across Canada. This training will enable Aboriginals to access a 12-week intensive program in heavy equipment operation, leading to high-paying employment for on average 94.8 per cent of graduates.