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John Dowler


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John Dowler is an accomplished senior government leader, professional accountant and university educator. After a successful 32-year career of ever-increasing management responsibilities with the government of British Columbia, Dowler retired from his position as an executive director. Dowler also taught on a part-time basis during those years sharing his insights and expertise through graduate and undergraduate courses for two universities, a college and the Chartered Professional Accountants (Certified Management Accountants) of British Columbia. He has taught at Royal Roads for 17 years. His volunteer work has included serving on Royal Roads University’s Academic Council, on the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia Victoria Chapter Board of Directors and as a leader for Scouts Canada. Dowler lives in Victoria with his wife Dolores.  When he is not teaching, he and his wife travel extensively. Their son has recently completed his medical residency studies and is now a physician in Victoria.


Dowler has held positions as executive director, executive financial officer and, for a number of government ministries, senior financial officer (comptroller). Dowler has also served as a member of a government regulatory tribunal. In addition to his financial responsibilities, his senior leadership roles have included provincial highways district management, aboriginal relations, risk management, major project procurement, land management, insurance and bonds, contract administration, facilities management and the province’s snow avalanche mitigation program.


Dowler holds a CPA, CMA professional accounting designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (1982) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan (1976). He has completed the Management Achievement Program at the University of British Columbia (1989), the Executive Leadership Program at Royal Roads University (2002) and the Creating Futures Program for executive leaders through the Province of British Columbia (2006).