School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management
John teaches in the Engineering Safety and Risk Management program within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta, and is a member of the course and program development team.
John joined the Faculty after retiring from Dow Chemical Canada, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, a world-leader in the safe and reliable operation of petrochemical and plastics manufacturing plants.
John’s extensive career includes a broad range of operations, engineering, and project management expertise in manufacturing, having worked in seven world-scale plants. His “forte” is the integrated application of engineering design/process safety, technology improvement, occupational safety, environmental protection, and regulatory compliance within manufacturing. John has received numerous Dow technology awards throughout his career.
John received his M.B.A from Athabasca University (2007), and his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto (1980).
Basic concepts of risk and consequences of loss incidents; risk management principles and practices; incident investigation, causation, root cause analysis; process safety management; the roles of government agencies, professional bodies and industry associations; workplace safety; risk-based decision-making processes; leadership and the human-factors side of risk management. The course focuses on the principles and practices of leadership towards the effective application and implementation of risk management in major organizations across all engineering disciplines. Industry virtual tours, case studies, seminars and team projects specific to the student's engineering program will be used to develop competencies and proficiencies in applying leadership and organizational effectiveness for successful risk management.Fall Term 2020