GRI recruits consultants on contract as required:

John Guertin Gordon

John Gordon has more than 55 years experience working in and with developing countries. His experience has included working at all levels of international technical assistance as a consultant, resident advisor, project manager, programme manager and head of an NGO and an international programme providing technical assistance. Since 1984 he has concentrated on the practical application of information technology in developing countries in the fields of agriculture, geographic information systems (GIS), health, cleaner production, WTO transparency and education.  His current work involves developing prototype models for incorporating sub-national data and OpenStreetMap mapping into planning and management in agriculture and other sectors in developing countries.


Work Experience

  • May 2009--Present: Consultant GRI, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Sept. 2008--April 2009 -- Sessional lecturer, agriculture in economic development, Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
  • Jan. 1990 -- April 2009: Consultant GRI, Fergus, ON, Canada
  • June 1984 to Dec. 1989: Coordinator, Field Office Automation then Chief, User Services, Division of Management Information Systems, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York City, USA
  • Sept. 1981 to June 1984: UNDP Resident Representative, Mbabane, Swaziland
  • July 1977 to Sept. 1981: UNDP Resident Representative, Monrovia, Liberia
  • Jan. 1973 to July 1977: Coordinator, United Nations Volunteer Programme, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jan. 1971 to Dec. 1972: Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO/SUCO), Ottawa, Canada
  • Aug. 1969 to Dec. 1971: Project Manager, Project Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Development Planning, Government of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Mar. 1966 to Aug. 1968 -- Planning Officer then Principal Planning Officer, Ministry of Natural Resources, Government of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi
  • Mar. 1964 to Mar. 1966: Press Liaison Officer, then Research Officer, Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, Ottawa, Canada
  • Sept. 1962 to May 1963: Graduate Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB, Canada
  • May 1957 to Mar. 1964: Journalism-- press, radio and television-- English/French-- Winnipeg and Ottawa. Three years full time and freelancing.>


  • BA (Economics/Geography), University of Manitoba, 1960
  • MA (Agricultural Economics), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Manitoba, 1965
  • Post Graduate Studies, (Rural Development) -- School of rural Economics and Related Studies, Wye College, University of London, Wye, Kent -- Sept 1968 to August 1969
  • MSc , (Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics) -- University of Guelph, 2007. Thesis: HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa: Modeling the costs of treatment

English and French fluent, Spanish good.

International Experience:
In addition to living and working in Canada he has lived and worked in the following countries : Malawi (2½ years), Tanzania (2+ years), Liberia (4+ years), Swaziland (3 years), USA (5 years), Switzerland (4 years)and England (1 year). He has had non-residential assignments of one month or longer in Bolivia, Pakistan, India, China, the Philippines, Burundi, Rwanda, South Africa and Jordan as well as having short-term assignments in other countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Brunei, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia), Africa (Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, the Sudan),  and the Middle East (Egypt).


  • Health Policy: A critique of the financial requirements to fight HIV/AIDS, The Lancet 2008; 372: 333-336
  • Study of the Supply and Demand for Opiates, International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), Vienna, 10 April, 2000 (Restricted Board document).
  • The Agricultural Economics of Opium Production, United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), Vienna, 1994 (Restricted Document).
  • A Model for Estimating Future Agricultural Acreage and Production in Malawi, Report No. 4, Agrarian Development Series, School of Rural Economics and Related Studies, Wye College, University of London, Wye, Kent, UK. 1971.

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