John Borthwick is an experienced leader, communicator, teacher, and facilitator. John’s specialty is coaching leaders and inspiring innovators. He works one-on-one with individuals seeking to change themselves and/or the systems they serve. John is an engaging teacher specializing in the areas of staff teams, informal mediation skills, coaching skills and leadership development. He has worked with non-profit boards, universities, and congregations.
John is an ordained minister in The Presbyterian Church in Canada currently serving the congregation of St. Andrew’s in Guelph, Ontario. He has served St. Andrew’s for fourteen years, previously serving Rexdale Presbyterian Church in Toronto for five years. John has a BA in History from McMaster University, Hamilton and a Masters of Divinity from Knox College, Toronto. John holds a Certificate in Conflict Management and Congregational Leadership from Conrad Grebel University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. Since joining Guelph Police Service as their volunteer chaplain, John has been trained in several crisis and mental health certifications such as Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Critical Incident Stress Management. In 2016, John became a trainer for Road to Mental Readiness and delivered this important training to all members of Guelph Police Services.
John describes his work as creating space for meaningful conversations to occur. He does this through his naturally curious spirit and a good sense of humour. Along with a deep appreciation and gift for listening to the other, John brings a calming presence into sometimes challenging circumstances.