President, Coyne Consulting Services, Inc.
John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability advocating with industry groups and other organizations to promote ESG, circular economy and climate related initiatives as essential features of corporate strategy.
John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and is a director of Evergreen. He is also the Co-Chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a collaborative environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. He is a director of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation. John is a director of ALUS which is devoted to extending nature based solutions on Canada’s vast agricultural lands. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.
For more than a decade, John was a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and the Compass, Unilever’s strategy to grow the business, reduce its environmental footprint and increase its positive contribution to society. John was also one of the founding Co-Chairs of the Circular Economy Leadership Coalition (CELC) launched in 2018 to accelerate Canada’s transition to a circular economy.
John has been recognized for his leadership in corporate sustainability by being named a Clean 50 honouree in 2013 and a Clean 16 honouree in 2018. From 2015 to 2017 John served as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group advising the Ontario Minister of the Environment on effective climate change actions. In 2018, John was honoured to receive the Canadian General Counsel Award for Environmental, Social and Governance Leadership. In addition, in 2018, John was appointed to the federal Plastics Advisory group advising Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on issues relating to plastics and the implementation of the Ocean Plastics Charter. In April 2020, John was appointed to The Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Circular Economy in Canada sponsored by Environment and Climate Change Canada.