In over 30 years of working to build economic and social growth on the North Coast, Jim has established a reputation in union and management cooperation, business start-up, regulatory compliance, human resources, community and stakeholder engagement, and corporate relationships. His direct experience has included marine terminals, intermodal logistics, seafood, and economic development. Jim is passionate about strengthening the local labour force’s capacity and utilization.
Jim spent the past ten years as a senior manager in the successful establishment of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal. He was responsible for the initial safety, security, and environmental programs, and acquired all of the necessary regulatory permits to begin operation. He helped to develop a labour force that grew from less than 50 to over 500, with an exceptional union / management relationship. As Compliance Manager, then Terminal Manager, and Manager, Labour, Corporate and Government Affairs, under Maher Terminals and their successor DP World, Jim helped make Fairview the fastest growing container terminal in North America, and helped lay the groundwork for the 2017 expansion of the terminal.
Jim also spent five years as the Manager of the Prince Rupert Economic Development Corporation, helping to rebuild the city’s financial fortunes after the serious economic downturn of the 1990s. Jim’s roots lie in the fishing industry, with nearly 20 years as a deck-hand, vessel owner and Northern Representative of the United Fishers and Allied Workers Union. He built, from the ground up a federally-licensed seafood processing facility, retail outlet, and distribution business that is still a key local tourism business.
Jim has served on countless industry and local boards, from the BC Marine Terminal Operators Association to the Prince Rupert Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program. He served on a variety of committees of the BC Maritime Employers Association and Prince Rupert Port Authority, Transport Canada’s Canadian Marine Advisory Committee, and many others. He and his wife, Paddy Jones, the Manager of Support Services at Northern Health, raised their family in Prince Rupert.
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