John was born in Cornwall and graduated from Central Public and C.C.V.S. He began his insurance career in Toronto working as a general insurance underwriter in 1968. In the late 1970’s he worked in England as a marketing representative with the Wesleyan Assurance Society. In 1990 with the assistance of his good friend Don MacIntyre and Ecclesiastical Insurance, John incorporated a brokerage under his name in Cornwall, Ontario. In 1999, the Cornwall office branched out to Vankleek Hill, operating as Assurance Champlain Insurance. Today, John is happy to have brilliant staff, who are registered insurance brokers that pride themselves on providing personal service to their clients in Eastern Ontario.
John has been married to Shanti for 37 years, who he met in England. They have a daughter, Miranda and son Sebastian. John’s a CIP, (Chartered Insurance Professional). He enjoys working for his community, having served for 35 years as a member and president of the Cornwall Rotary Club; eight years on the board of Cornwall’s women’s shelter, Baldwin House and six years with Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers, including chair. John loves to be active – he runs, swims, bikes, and has a keen interest in yoga, trail and snowshoe racing and is supportive of these sports in the local community.