John has a Bachelor of Music
degree (BMus), receiving the top student award on graduation, a Bachelor of
Laws degree (LLB) and a Master of Laws degree (LLM), all from the
University of British Columbia. After being called to the bar in British
Columbia, he worked as a writer with Carswell (a legal publisher) and started a
career as a legal educator.
Besides teaching at Capilano
University in the School of Legal Studies, he has taught at Simon Fraser University in the School of Criminology and at the
British Columbia Institute of Technology in the School of Business. He has taught a range of law
courses, mostly at Capilano, including Introduction to Law, Jurisprudence, Torts, Contracts,
Property, Family, Company, Business, Criminal, Evidence and Legal Research.
Since 2007, John has been the Chair of the School of Legal Studies, and he
was the lead developer of Capilano's Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal)
degree, which launched in 2010.
John is the author of a book on legal
research, How to Find Canadian Law, first published in 1999. His
LLM thesis was on the topic of negligent misrepresentation and economic loss (2003). More recently he co-authored an introduction to law text published by Emond Publishing, Introduction
to Law in Canada (2014), and was the lead author of A Brief Introduction to Law in Canada (2017), also published by Emond..
John's other pursuits have included
co-running a small importing business. In his spare time he writes music, drinks peaty scotch and when possible travels to far-away places.