Skip to main content


John Swatridge

Teacher, Trip Designer/ Organizer/ Guide, Wine Salesman, Former Investment Broker and Publisher Sales Manager

Job Description

I set up itineraries and the required bookings for destinations all over the world. Generally these are places I have already visited and enjoyed so I am excited about taking people there and also confident in their safety and comfort. I then escort the groups to the destinations which include everywhere from New York City to Vietnam/ Cambodia. As well, I sell imported wines to primarily restaurants. The funnest part is chatting while I have them taste new wines. I could also discuss my teaching, brokering and sales/sales mgt jobs and discuss how education is a lifelong exercise!

Relevant School Subjects

  • Business
  • Canadian and World Studies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Areas of Expertise

  • Admin/Business
  • Catering/Hospitality
  • Education/Training
  • Financial/Insurance/Banking
  • Leisure/Sports/Tourism
  • Media/Print/Publishing

Career Story

It is an extensive story as I went to university on a music scholarship but aimed for law. After the computer messed up my timetable I took a Physical Education course and ended up majoring in Kinesiology. I worked at a racquet club upon graduation but it went bankrupt so I went to Teacher's College in Phys-ed and Economics. After graduation I applied and interviewed for teaching jobs but none of the 3 positions I was offered seemed right so I went into publishing sales in Toronto. A year later I was in Edmonton with the same company and 2 years later I was in sales becoming National Sales Mgr. a year later. Subsequently, after some frustrations I started to take my Investment Broker's license while still managing sales. Then I became a broker in Kitchener. After 3 years I started to teach high school but was hired to teach in disciplines I had no formal education in so I completed a Geography degree in about 2.5 years while teaching and coaching. After 26 years teaching I retired to trips and wines with my eye on some other business ventures very soon.

Back to top

We use cookies to make interactions with our website and services easy and meaningful, to better understand how they are used and to tailor advertising. By using our website or clicking "accept", you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.