Jack was appointed chair of the Citizens’ Assembly
on Electoral Reform in May 2003 by the B.C.
Legislature. He has considerable experience as a
facilitator who can bring people together around a common goal.
Jack is a former president of Simon Fraser
University. In various university capacities, he
increased access to degree-completion opportunities and helped
create special undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as
liberal arts and professional programs for adults. He
was instrumental in the creation of Simon Fraser
University’s downtown campus and the Morris J. Wosk
Centre for Dialogue. The centre is acclaimed worldwide
for its design and support for dialogue.
Jack continues to serve as a Commissioner of the International
Joint Commission, a treaty organization dedicated to resolving
transboundary water issues between Canada and the United States.
He has served as chair of the Fraser Basin Council, which brings
together all levels of government, including First Nations, and the
private and civil sectors to resolve sustainability issues in
B.C.’s Fraser River Basin.
Jack is also co-creator and founding director of Action Canada,
a unique public-private partnership whose mission is to identify
and encourage future leaders of Canada.
Jack has served on a variety of community boards, such as those of
the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium and the Vancouver Police
He has received several national and regional honours, including
an honorary doctor of laws from UBC and the Order of British
Jack was born and lives in Vancouver and has explored most of it by
foot. He loves what he calls “urban
hiking,” walking around cities, getting to know
neighbourhoods, chatting with the folks he meets. Jack
enjoys cooking and reads stacks of newspapers from all over the