2013 Speaker's listRetired Trade Commissioner (NB)
A native of Saskatoon, John Grantham graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B. Comm.
While at and after university John spent 7 years in the Naval Reserve (UNTD’s), spending 5 summers in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Montreal, as well as on the “high seas”. He remained in Montreal for two years, working with Bell Telephone in the Traffic Division.
In 1966 John joined the Federal Government – Industry, Trade and Commerce (the predecessor to Foreign Affairs) – as a Trade Commissioner. His career over 36 years took him to Philadelphia, Mexico City, Santiago (Chile), Melbourne, Edmonton, Bucharest (Romania), Copenhagen, Saskatoon and Guadalajara. He retired in 2002 when he and his wife Judie moved to Moncton.
Since then John has been very active in the community, as a member of the Rotary Club of Moncton West & Riverviiew ( Director, Committee Chair, currently Past-President), the Greater Moncton Immigration Board (Secretary and currently President), Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce (Volunteer of the Year 2005, Founding Chair of the Member Appreciation Committee and Education & Training Task Force, currently a Director), Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (Mentor), 2009 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship (Director of Events for Curling Fans).
John’s wife, Judie (Bursey), is a native of Moncton (you should ask him how the decision was made to retire in Moncton – an economic developer’s approach). They have a daughter Kelly and a son Brooke both living in Ottawa and 3 grandchildren.