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James is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, oil & gas and government. He has successfully led small businesses and has run divisions for global multi-national companies such as GE. He excels at building high performance teams and leading businesses through times of transition.
Based in Calgary, James works with the Envision team to help their clients with strategy, leadership development and capital sourcing. He was most recently the President of Firemaster Oilfield Services, a leading industrial safety services business operating in Western Canada. He continues to be involved with Firemaster as a member on their board of directors.
Starting his career in metal fabrication he oversaw company growth of 40X while he was Vice President and General Manager of All New Manufacturing in Calgary. As part of the Industry Development team in Alberta Economic Development, he designed and implemented growth strategies that helped the metal fabrication industry expand in the mid-2000’s. While he was Executive Director of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, he worked with the board’s appointed CEO’s and business leaders to advise on strategy and economic issues to the Premier and Cabinet of Alberta.
James gained exposure to international markets at General Electric where he was Global General Manager of their Heavy Oil Division, a high growth business unit for GE. James has an executive MBA from the University of Calgary and served six years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Alberta Division.