Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Board of Directors 2021-22
John is a founding partner of Clarks LLP, Barristers & Solicitors, with practice concentrations in business and not for profit corporate commercial law, estate planning and administration.
Windsor born, John is a graduate of Walkerville Collegiate, the University of Toronto (Trinity College) and the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. He is a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law in estate planning and administration, and since 2006 he has been a member of the Solicitors’ Advisory Committee of the Law Society of Upper Canada, tasked with confirming lawyers’ competency standards and setting and reviewing the Bar Admission Licensing Examinations. He has chaired or spoken at several continuing professional development programmes for the Law Society, the Ontario Bar Association and Osgoode Professional Development. He was a member of the executive of the Essex Law Association for six years and served as President in 1999.
John has served in a leadership capacity on the local boards of Victorian Order of Nurses, Windsor Housing Authority and Canadian Mental Health Association, and on the Leamington and Area Family Health Team. Provincially, he was a member of the board of Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, chairing its Branch-Division Accountability Task Force while Vice-Chair of the board; and he served as Chair of the board of the Ontario Council of Housing Authority Chairs. He is a former Chair of the Finance and Taxation Committee of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, more recently its board Treasurer, and currently Chair-Elect.
John is married to Sheila Gordon. They are blessed with two sons and two grandsons: Christopher, who lives in Windsor with wife Danica and their sons Calum and Keigan; and Daniel, who lives in Ottawa looking forward to his marriage to fiancée Helena.
Meet the Board
HDGH: What motivated you to join HDGH’s Board of Directors?
JC: To give back to the community.
HDGH: What do you believe are the most prominent health needs in our community?
JC: Mental health – especially children’s mental health
HDGH: As a member of the Board, how does the board ensure a healthy, equitable community?
JC: We can’t ensure one alone, but we can work as a community partner with other stakeholders to work toward that end.