James (Jim) is a retired Executive Leader with 30 years of Financial Institution experience with Export Development Canada (EDC). In 2011 Jim completed the Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto and associated qualification requirements of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is now a certified Corporate Director with the ICD.D designation.
Jim served on the Board of the Queensway Carleton Hospital as a Director and Vice Chair from 2014 – 2021. Jim Chaired the Governance Committee and was a member of the Medical Advisory and Audit Committees. During his time on the Board, Jim led an initiative to revise and update the Governance Policy Manual in preparation for a review of the Hospital by Accreditation Canada.
From 2014 – 2020 Jim was a Governor, Vice Chair and then Chair of the Board of Algonquin College. He served as Chair of the Academic and Student Advisory Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee and the Governance Committee. As Chair, Jim implemented a number of Board Governance changes to reflect more contemporary Governance practices.
Jim served as a Director and Vice Chair on the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation where he introduced a number of governance policies to enhance the governance framework for the Foundation and its alignment to the Hospital.
From 2016-2020 Jim served on the Ottawa Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors contributing to the ongoing education and learning of local directors.
In his executive Career, Jim held a variety of senior leadership roles at EDC including: Vice President, Business Development; Vice President, Loan Transformation; Vice President and Chief Risk Officer (CRO); Vice President, Information Technologies Team; and General Manager, Export Financing Group.
Jim led a number of Corporate Change Initiatives including the development and implementation of a strategic Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework and the implementation of LEAN process technology to the Financial Services of EDC. He served as Vice Chair of the Management Risk Management Committee and worked extensively with the Board Risk Management Committee.
Through his career Jim negotiated many international financing arrangements in both the public and private sectors across a number of Industries in both developing and developed Countries in support of Canadian exporters and investors. Notable was his leadership role in the financial restructuring of GM and Chrysler.
Jim is now focused on bringing his experience, skills and commitment to good governance and strategic enterprise risk management through effective and efficient processes to both the "for-profit" and "not-for-profit" sectors.