John B. MacLeod graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BES degree in 1970 and a MLA degree in 1978. A native of Manitoba, he moved to Quebec in 1977 and has been a member of AAPQ and CSLA since 1979. He served as President of CSLA in 1991-92 and was a delegate to IFLA in 1991. He was also a member of the International Initiatives Committee and a member of the AAPQ Council.
John was actively engaged in private practice in Quebec City from 1978 to 1985 during which time he piloted a number of important public projects, including the Master Plan for the National Battlefield Park (The Plains of Abraham) and landscape and urban design for the Old Port of Quebec. He worked extensively in different regions of Quebec with native communities and on national parks and historic sites.
In 1985 he joined the staff of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Montreal where he is Associate Professor and teaches construction technology and design. He has also served as guest speaker and design critic at a number of universities across Canada.
In 1992, working on a project supported by the CSLA and in collaboration with the International Institute for Peace through Tourism, he participated actively in a series of workshops which led to the dedication of over four hundred peace parks across Canada.