About John

John Leeburn, BCOM, MBA

John established his boutique consulting practice in June 2018 after retiring from a 31-year career in local government administration in British Columbia.  He is a proud member of the small, but mighty, group of municipal chief administrative officers whose background and training was in human resources. Throughout his career John witnessed how organizational health and culture is critical to success and how important it is for organizations to invest and focus on their people and culture.

John’s passion is helping individuals, teams, and organizations grow and improve.  His professional career started in a Winnipeg slaughterhouse as a human resources generalist.  His working conditions improved greatly when he joined the City of New Westminster where he began his years in municipal service.  John left the City of New Westminster to become the director of human resources the City of Maple Ridge where he enjoyed 17 productive years.  The last eight of those years were in the role of deputy chief administrative officer.  In September 2012, John joined the City of Port Coquitlam as its chief administrative officer.

John has a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, specializing in industrial relations, and a master’s degree in business administration from SFU where he wrote his provocatively titled thesis, “Does Size Matter: An Analysis of the Rationale for Municipal Amalgamation in Canada.”  In 2018 John received a Local Government Management Association (LGMA) award for his invaluable volunteer contribution to LGMA-Capilano University courses.

John can often be found walking the parks and trails of Port Coquitlam attempting to get his two Golden Retrievers to walk nicely on their leashes.