Green Party - Kelowna - Lake Country

John Janmaat

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John Janmaat​

Dr. John Janmaat is an outdoorsman, father of two, and a sustainability educator and leader in the Okanagan. He holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in Agricultural Economics from UBC, an M.B.A. in Finance from Simon Fraser, and a Ph.D in Environmental and Resource Economics from Queens. As Associate Professor of Economics at UBCO, his research focuses on the efficient use of limited resources, particularly the economics of water resources. He holds a prestigious provincial research chair in Water Resources and Environmental Sustainability. John is the past Vice Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee for the RDCO, and current Chair of the Kelowna Agricultural Advisory Committee.

As an avid outdoorsman, John has a passion for hiking, mountaineering, skiing, backpacking, and anything else that gets him into the wilderness. He is dedicated to the intersections between health and sustainability, and practices what he preaches commuting on his bicycle. He is on the executive of the Okanagan chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada, and ran the Boston Marathon in 2019, finishing in the top 10% for his age group. He believes in the power of education, teaching his students about sustainability as well as children through Scouts and other programs.