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WHO AM I?


John Hall


I
was born in Sarnia in 1943, where my 98 year old mother still resides. Both my parents were born and raised in Sarnia, and I spent a lot of time with both sets of grandparents there. My father was a chemical engineer who spent almost 40 years with Polysar.

My childhood activities included sports, key club and scouting. As a Queen’s Scout, I was selected to open the Queen’s car door on her visit to Sarnia in 1959. I also attended the World Scouting Jamboree in Colorado Springs.

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I graduated in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, then worked for Polysar, and later Dow Chemical, before deciding that if I didn’t get out of Sarnia, I would die there.


I moved to Toronto, joining the comptroller’s department
at the Imperial Oil Head office. A short time later I was assigned to the transportation department which involved ships, rail, pipelines, trucks and distribution plants. With another man, we made a two year coast to coast assessment of what was going to be required to manage that department in future.

Independently we also decided that the best martinis in Canada were made in PEI, while the best restaurant was in Vancouver.

I next moved to the comptroller’s systems group in Edmonton. That lasted little more than a month before I was loaned to Syncrude for two years, then moved back to Toronto in the comptroller’s head office to work on the long term plan for the department.

Then I got sent to York University, living in residence, while taking the Executive Development Program. On my return, I was loaned to the corporate planning department, later appointed head of the wholesale credit department, then general credit manager.




After Imperial merged with Texaco the company changed dramatically.
I decided to leave and joined the executive loan program of Keats Peat Marwick where I was assigned to Purolator Courier, which I later joined.

In 1999, as my marriage was ending, I decided to move to Kitchener to be closer to my oldest son, who was ill. He passed away from brain cancer in 2002. I have three other children and nine grandchildren who live in the GTA.

Upon moving here, I became involved with the Waterloo Community arts Centre where I served as president, and on the board for a few years. I also served on the board of the KW Friendship Group for nine years.

I was  nominated for an award of distinction for the city of Kitchener in 2003, then appointed to Compass Kitchener for three years.


I then became involved with restructuring the Waterloo/Wellington local health integration network, merging four caregiver support organizations, and creation of Community Support Connections.  I now serve on that board  and the board of a related foundation..

I enjoy cards, hiking, biking and golf, although I am presently awaiting a knee replacement.




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