About John

My Calling

I’m deeply committed to transforming conflict into meaningful connections and guiding both myself and those I interact with toward their best life imaginable.

To maximize my impact, I’m constantly advancing my skills through ongoing education. I hold certifications as a Harmonic Mediator, Relationship Coach, Conscious Dating Coach, and Radical Marriage Coach. I’m also in the process of becoming a Certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer.

As the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Harmonic Mediation Society I am leading teams to revolutionize the way people perceive and engage with conflict. We offer specialized training and certification in Harmonic Mediation at the professional and personal level, empowering individuals to transform conflict into opportunities for meaningful connection.

To help people learn these skills and put them into action, I’ve developed a unique suite of products designed to increase connectivity and facilitate healthier conversations. This includes a comprehensive Relationship and Agreement Log, two curated card decks comprised of 48 cards to guide conversations and reconcile differences, and a mobile app for these products, all of which are being released soon.

In addition to working directly with couples, I also extend my services to larger communities. Whether it’s support groups, workshops, or even corporate settings, I offer tailored group mediation sessions that prioritize inclusive dialogues and collaborative decision-making. My workshops span various themes around connecting communication, effective conflict resolution techniques, and group decision-making.

Whether you’re struggling in your personal relationships or you’re part of an organization seeking to foster a more collaborative and understanding atmosphere, I’m here to guide you toward more harmonious interactions.

Radical Marriage and Conscious Dating are trademarked by Relationship Coaching Institute, used with permission.

Personal Life

My days are primarily dedicated to my life’s purpose. Whether I’m coaching clients, heading initiatives at the not-for-profit, learning new skills, or leading impactful workshops, every moment is an opportunity to make a difference.

Outside of my professional life, I cherish time with my partner of a decade, Celia. While I met Celia before being trained as a Conscious Dating Coach, I put a lot of the same principles into intentionally finding a partner I was compatible with. For example, we’re both long-time vegans, use only natural products, and focus our lives on helping people.

Celia is currently working on her fourth university degree and is devoted to enhancing the well-being of marginalized older adult communities in Canada. While we are both extremely busy, we continually connect throughout the days as we both work from home in our condo overlooking the Gorge Waterway in Victoria B.C.

Beyond that, I’m a retired Aikido Sensei with a 25-year history of volunteering to teach nonviolent physical self-defence to children and adults. These days, for leisure, you’ll often find me riding my e-bike downtown to play Pickleball for a few hours in the park, or going to our favourite vegan restaurant, Green Cuisine.

My partner of 10+ years and I in Manitoulin Island, Ontario in 2019.

Kayaking on the Gorge in our backyard in B.C. in 2020.

Fun Fact: In my 20’s I was a busker, unicyclist, and juggler.