Prior to becoming a management consultant, James was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Privy Council Office of Canada where he provided strategic policy advice to the most senior levels in government on enterprise-wide organizational change initiatives. He began his Public Service career in 2000 with the Department of Human Resources Development Canada. In 2001, he was invited to join the Canadian Centre for Management Development to design and manage its flagship executive leadership development program. In 2006, he was then asked to manage and lead the design of the Canada School of Public Service’s Advanced Leadership Program, an international leadership development program for Assistant Deputy Ministers and other high-potential senior public sector leaders.
Since 2010, James has continued to work as a management consultant with a variety of public and non-government sector organizations to design and deliver leadership programming as well as provide strategic advice related to organizational strategy and change. He has contributed his expertise both within Canada and internationally, including in the United Kingdom, United States, Kenya, Jamaica and India.
Having played a leadership role as a former member of the Canadian Forces Reserves, James has experience working in both civilian and military environments. His academic background is in education and he has done extensive work in coaching and adult learning. He is a university graduate from Mount Allison University and the University of Ottawa, and holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University. He has also completed the coursework and comprehensive examinations for his Ph.D. in Education at the University of Ottawa.