John Lavery

John Lavery
Business Development & Senior Environmental Scientist

We are pleased to introduce you to John Lavery, MSc., RPBio, PAg.

John has over 15 years experience in residuals management, and applies his wealth of knowledge in managing the SYLVIS team.  Throughout his career, he has undertaken work for, or collaborated with, governments, municipalities, and private industry in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, France, Australia and Chile.  His experience is broad and spans all aspects of the residuals management continuum for both liquid and solid residuals.

John currently oversees all projects and programming at SYLVIS.  He has been a key industry practitioner since his return to Canada following nine years abroad in New Zealand.  In addition to supporting policy and planning in biosolids management, he has also been responsible for the development of recent beneficial use programs in the City of Prince George, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, new options for Metro Vancouver and the City of Edmonton, and the development of a ground-breaking collaboration with Vancouver Island University and the Regional District of Nanaimo.  John was co-author, senior reviewer, and government liaison for the recently developed Guidance Document for the Beneficial Use of Municipal Biosolids, Municipal Sludge and Treated Septage for the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) in support of the Canada-wide Approach for the Management of Wastewater Biosolids.

Prior to joining SYLVIS in 2009, John spent time as a researcher with Forest Research in New Zealand (now Scion) where he made the most of his role as the Technical Manager for the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective, a group focused on the beneficial use of both liquid and solid residuals.  From this great departure point he worked on successfully setting up a satellite office and business in Rotorua, New Zealand for Glasson Potts Fowler, a boutique consultancy with strong roots in land treatment of effluent and biosolids, later managing the office through an ownership transition to become part of CPG NZ (now Spiire). 

John is passionate about sustainability and protecting the environment for the prosperity of future generations, including his two young sons.  He and his family love outdoor recreation and sports, including skiing, camping, hockey, and triathlon.