As a life-long entrepreneur, James understands the focus and drive needed to lead and to build something – whether starting out as an independent business owner, becoming the Chair of NAIT’s Board of Governors or serving as both Chair and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.
With entrepreneurship comes an inherent responsibility to give back to your community. This is why James has actively supported non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement, Northlands Park, Edmonton Construction Association, Alberta Art Stabilization Fund, Norlien Foundation, Alberta Opportunity Corporation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, to name a few. A recipient of NAIT’s Alumni Award of Distinction and Top 50 Alumni, James is a former member of the World Presidents’ Organization and current member of Harvard University Alumni OPM 27.
A lifelong Edmontonian born and raised in Edmonton Centre, James and his wife Debbie have been married for over 40 years. Together they have raised three amazing children and are the proud grandparents of three beautiful granddaughters.