John K. Pattison (M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics 2009)
John Pattison was raised on a farm near Kingman, Alberta. He completed his undergraduate education at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, and completed a Master of Science in 2009. During his time as a student, John was the president of both his undergraduate and graduate student associations, and played an active role in music, outdoor sports and academic organizations.
Life “post-Rural Economy” has been very diverse. Upon graduation he worked as an Environment Development Officer with Africa Community Technical Service (ACTS), a non-governmental organization in East Africa collaborating with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and United Nations Development Programme. While in this position he specialized in environmental assessment and clean water provision to remote communities through gravity flow and slow-sand filtration systems. In addition, he was involved in the establishment of an HIV/AIDS widow mutual benefit society; through various connections he has managed to raise nearly $50,000 in support for these women. Although he has since returned to Canada, he retains association as a Project Coordinator within the organization.
Upon completion of his contract in East Africa, John has been engaged as a sessional lecturer in environmental and agricultural economics and researcher at the University of Alberta. Much of this research involves conservation of wetland ecosystems and food safety initiatives. Further, he is currently working as an independent research consultant with Ducks Unlimited Canada, focussing on environmental services and valuation of wetland ecosystems.
Throughout these various opportunities, John remains connected to the land and people in his home community of Kingman and Camrose. He maintains a horse breeding operation – specializing in blue roan quarter horses – as well as an active role in the management and operation of the family beef and grain operation.