John Glass


I joined GRIPS in 2013 and my goal was to meet other photographers and to focus on becoming more active in developing my photography skills. I bought my first SLR in high school, and over the years, my interest in photography was highly cyclic. In high school, I developed and printed black and white prints and developed slides. My interest in photography lessened as I moved through my post secondary education – mainly because I didn’t have nearly as much free time anymore.

My interest grew again as I settled into my career and as my family grew. As an electrical engineer, I was always interested in technology and I owned several HP and Kodak digital cameras. I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon T1i, in early 2009. Our family was going to the 2010 Winter Olympics in February 2010 and I wanted to make sure I’d be able to use the camera to competently capture Olympic athletes in competition.

After being in the club for a couple years, I became Secretary from 2015 to 2019. I left this role as I am involved with several other groups. In addition to photography, I have a strong interest in local history. I’m currently the President of the Waterloo Historical Society and Chair of the Waterloo Region Heritage Foundation.  

When the secretary position became vacant late in 2021, I was asked to return. I was happy to come back as really enjoyed interacting with the GRIPS board members. I look forward to meeting with old friends and new GRIPS members.