Founder and Managing Partner
John Tennant is the Founder and Managing Partner of W2N2 Partnership, a strategic consulting, policy and advisory firm, specializing in international relations, economic development, international trade, investment, innovation, technology, governance and government relations.
John had a distinguished career with Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). There, his roles included Canadian Consul General in Detroit (as point person for relations with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, with considerable emphasis on trade, investment and technology); prior assignments in New York and Chicago; Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister (Economic/Commercial) in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and Director General for Asia Pacific in Ottawa. Earlier assignments, principally in business development roles, were in West Africa, Central America, the Eastern Caribbean and Australia.
From 2002 to 2008, John was Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc (CTT Inc), the public-private regional economic development partnership for Ontario’s Waterloo Region, comprising the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.
At W2N2 Partnership, among other assignments, John has authored a detailed Global Automotive Sector Strategy for Canada for DFATD and provided recommendations on foreign investment retention and expansion. He has also developed a detailed investment case for DFATD on Canada’s leadership role in quantum information processing research. Other projects have involved the Canadian Chapter of the Association of University Research Parks, Health Technologies Exchange (HTX), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Transport Canada, and municipal and regional economic development organizations.
John is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute, Canadian International Council, The Japan Society, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, International Economic Development Council, Economic Developers Council of Ontario, Communitech Technology Association, the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. He is on the Board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Dean’s Advisory Council at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics in Waterloo, and the Advisory Council at York University’s Schulich School of Business to develop a national curriculum on international business for Canadian undergraduates. He is a member of the Advisory Group to the Canadian Automotive Policy Partnership, a multidisciplinary study of the auto sector.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and the professional ICD.D qualification for Directors granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors.