John completed his M. Ed. Degree and Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. John has worked as an assistant principal, principal, associate superintendent and Director in several Alberta school systems as well as 23 years in the Alberta Department of Education. He is also an Adjunct Assoc. Professor at the University of Calgary. With 40+ years of experience in education John recently has transitioned to launching his company Practical Data Solutions, Inc. (PDS) with a primary objective of advancing action research on factors that affect student engagement with school.