About Jon

I'm a professor in the Centre for Business at George Brown College and an applied researcher at GBC’s Office of Research & Innovation. My students know me by my motto: "Two ears, one mouth. Use them in proportion." In other words, listen more than you speak. I also run Job Talks, a partnership initiative that shines a positive light on less popular, unknown or misunderstood careers.

I live with my wife, Irina, and our dog, Donut, in a housing cooperative called Caroline Co-op. I’ve never felt more at home than I do here, thriving within this cooperative community. I’m proud to have served as Vice President and then President of a Board of Directors that, after 30 years, wrote and passed a new Occupancy bylaw and an Organizational bylaw. We’re ready for what the future brings.

I’m proud of my Italian-Filipino (Italipino!) heritage and I know that the strongest communities are those that celebrate diversity of families, arts, music, cultures and views. In fact, before Caroline Co-op, my wife and I lived for 6 years in St. James Town, one of Toronto’s most densely populated and diverse neighbourhoods.

During our spare time, we love walking and biking around Toronto, supporting our local businesses and attending neighbourhood events.