In November 2017, John Hoyles took on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Community Information Centre of Ottawa/211 East, a non-profit organization which provides information and referral services to individuals in need of community, social and health services across the eastern Ontario region and is part of the 211 Ontario network. John Hoyles continues as Chief Executive Officer of Relationships are Everything, Inc. a company dedicated to informing and educating executives and others about the importance of relationships in achieving success.
John served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bar Association for 20 years and stepped down in December 2016. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the National Capital Commission. Before that he was head of the GST Consumer Information Office. John practiced law for a number of years in New Liskeard in northeastern Ontario before moving to Ottawa. He is the past president of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives and currently the Honorary Secretary General. John is currently the Honorary Colonel of the Legal Branch of the Department of National Defense (JAG). He is also Past Chair of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).
His past charitable volunteer experiences have included chairing the Board of the Temiskaming Hospital, chairing the Red Shield Appeal for the Salvation Army and actively supporting fundraising for the University of Ottawa. For several years John chaired the Association Sector of the United Appeal in Ottawa. John was a member of the board and vice-chair of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation from 2005 to 2011.
In 2016 John received from the CBA Wellness Forum, the annual Wellness Award recognizing his contribution to promoting mental wellness for the legal profession over a number of years. In 2006 John received the Pinnacle Award, which is the highest award given by CSAE to an individual exhibiting exemplary association executive leadership. Originally from Val d'Or, Québec, John Hoyles completed an English degree at the University of Ottawa and attended Osgoode Hall Law School.
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