John Lefebvre

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John Lefebvre
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Background information
Born (1951-08-06) August 6, 1951 (age 65)
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, lawyer
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards
Years active 2008–present
Website www.johnlefebvre.com

John Lefebvre (born August 6, 1951), is a Canadian musician, composer, author, entrepreneur, retired lawyer and philanthropist, currently active as an author and activist on climate change issues. With his friend James Hoggan he is co-founder of the DeSmogBlog.com group of blogs.

Lefebvre first garnered public attention in 1999, when he co-founded Neteller (now known as Neovia), an online money transfer facility. The firm's involvement in transactions serving the then-fledgling online gambling industry led to U.S. charges of money laundering, racketeering, running an unlicensed money transmitting business and promoting illegal gambling, and to his arrest in January 2007.[1][2] Lefebvre plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to promote illegal Internet gambling transactions and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. The court ordered his company to forfeit $140 million.[3] He and his founding partner forfeited $100 million personally between them. Lefebvre ultimately served 45 days in Federal Prison in the Southern District of Manhattan.[4]

In 2007, he composed and recorded a double CD album entitled Psalngs with the help of the record producer Brian Ahern, whose previous credits include producing records by Emmylou Harris, Marty Robbins, George Jones and Ricky Skaggs. This was John's first effort as a solo artist. Ahern gathered a skookum studio band for the album, which included Jim Keltner, Hutch Hutchinson, Greg Leisz, Patrick Warren, Dean Parks, Al Kooper, Matt Rollings and Mac McAnally. The players regrouped with Lefebvre and Ahern in the spring of 2010 to record Lefebvre's second solo effort, The Initial Album, released in 2010.

Lefebvre is a co-founder and chief benefactor of DeSmogBlog.com, a blog that focuses on topics related to global warming, run by Vancouver public relations specialist James Hoggan.[5] The site's self-described purpose is to expose "global warming misinformation campaigns." Lefebvre is among the blog's most active commentators, in addition to substantial writing in other forums including social media.[6]

From July 2009 to July 2011 Lefebvre served as a director of the David Suzuki Foundation.[7] At that time both Suzuki and Lefebvre resigned from the board of DSF to found the David Suzuki Institute (DSI), which is not a tax deductible charitable organization, and thus is more free to express political opinions. He is also a continuing supporter of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, a Vancouver-based institution focused upon the teachings of Dalai Lama and "education of the heart.”

In 2017 Lefebvre published his first book, All's Well - Where Thou Art Earth And Why, a work of political, moral and legal philosophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neteller co-founder pleads guilty to gaming charge". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. 2007-07-11. Archived from the original on 2014-10-05. 
  2. ^ Verrinder, Matthew (January 16, 2007). "NETeller ex-directors on money laundering charges". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ Hartman, Bob (July 10, 2007). "Neteller Founder Lefebvre Pleads Guilty in Internet Gambling Case". Casino Gambling Web. Archived from the original on 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, Bill (2014-10-14). Life Real Loud: John Lefebvre, Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1550229417. 
  5. ^ "DeSmogBlog". August 24, 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  6. ^ "John Lefebvre on Twitter". Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  7. ^ "David Suszuki Fdn Board of Directors". DavidSuzuki.org. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 

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