John co-founded Birch Hill in 2005 and prior to that co-founded the Canadian mid-market Private Equity Group within TD Capital, Birch Hill’s predecessor organization. John is Chairman of CCM Hockey and HomeEquity Bank. He has served on the Boards of ACE Bakery, Bluewave Energy, COM DEV International, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Nealanders International, Persona Communications Corp. and Vector Intermediaries. John has also played a key role in Birch Hill’s investments in Celestica International and St. Mary’s Paper.
From 1995 to 2004, in addition to his role on several key Birch Hill investments, and as a senior advisor to the Birch Hill group, John’s other duties included: President of TD Capital and Head of TD Global Private Equity business: 1995-2000; Vice Chair and Global Head, Investment Banking, TD Securities: 2000 to 2002, and Advisory Committee member on all the alternative investments funds with TD Capital: Fund of Funds, Mezzanine and Venture Capital. Prior to joining TD Securities in 1987, John was with Ernst & Young LLP.
Outside of Birch Hill, John serves on the Board of YMCA Toronto and is the Chair of Our Children’s Medicine (“OCM”). Birch Hill is the founding supporter of OCM, an Indigenous employment program which connects First Nations, Metis and Inuit job seekers with entry level positions across the country. John is also the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 48th Highlanders of Canada, an Infantry Regiment of Canada’s Reserves. He was a Director of the Community Foundations of Canada, a Director of the Toronto Foundation (Past Chair), a Director (and past Chair) of Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, a Director of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, and Director of Calmeadow Foundation.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, a Chartered Business Valuator and holds a B. Comm. (Honours) from Queen’s University.