Dr. John Colton

Head of Community Development (on sabbatical July 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021)

Phone: (902) 585.1160
Email: john.colton@acadiau.ca
Office: CD House, 24 Highland Ave., 2nd Floor
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Global Issues
  • Community-Based Renewable Energy Development
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Sustainability Concepts and Systems
  • Sustainability Projects

Scholarly Interest & Expertise

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

Community Service

  • Fundy Energy Research Network Socio-Economic Committee, Co-Chair (present)
  • Acadia Tidal Energy Institute (present)
  • Centre for Rural Sustainability, Chair (2006–13)
  • Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative, Chair (2006–10)
  • Nova Scotia Steering Committee for Renewable Energy Targets (2009 -11)
  • Atlantic Canada Aboriginal Health Research Program, Co-Chair (2002-08)

Did you know...

  • John co-authored “Energy Projects, Social Licence, Public Acceptance, and Regulatory Systems in Canada: A White Paper", a report sponsored by the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary to encourage greater transparency and accountability in energy development.
  • 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. 
  • John has worked with the Halifax Regional Municipality in training their staff on sustainability.
  • John guides northern wilderness river expeditions in Alaska, the Yukon and Northwest Territories and British Columbia.
  • John has worked for National Geographic as their sustainable tourism evaluator.

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