Dr. John Colton

Graduate Program Coordinator & Professor


  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Sustainable Concepts and Systems
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Community Development Projects
  • Marine Renewable Energy Development
  • Professional Placement
  • Leadership
  • Global Issues

Scholarly Interest & Expertise

  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Tidal Energy Development: Socioeconomic Dimensions
  • Ecotourism/Sustainable Tourism
  • Aboriginal Ecotourism and Community Development

Community Service

  • Centre for Rural Sustainability, Chair
  • Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative, Chair
  • Nova Scotia Steering Committee for Renewable Energy

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487.2 War Memorial Gym
Acadia University
550 Main Street

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

Phone: (902) 585.1160

Fax: (902) 585.1702

Email: john.colton@acadiau.ca

Did you know...

  • John has worked for National Geographic as their sustainable tourism evaluator for eastern Canada World Legacy Awards program and has led wilderness expeditions for their writers and photographers in northern Canada and Alaska. John continues to guide northern wilderness river expeditions where he enjoys introducing people to the beauty and splendour of Canada's northern wilderness areas.
  • John co-authored the Community and Business Tidal Energy Toolkit and the Tidal Energy Community Engagement Handbook. He is a founding member of the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute.
  • John teaches a Marine Renewable Energy course in Iceland for the University of the Westfjords Coastal Marine Management graduate program
  • He has worked with Halifax Regional Municipality in training their staff on sustainability and has collaborated on the development of a sustainability assessment framework and criteria for decision-making. More recently he has worked with the Wildcat Reserve of the Acadia First Nation in developing an ecotourism development strategy.

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