James is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, oil & gas and government. He has a passion for innovation and manufacturing and has successfully led small businesses as well as divisions for multi-national companies such as GE. He started his career in precision metal fabrication and then spent several years with Alberta Economic Development, designing and implementing growth strategies to help Alberta’s metal fabrication industry expand in the early 2000’s. Most recently, he was President of Firemaster Oilfield Services and still serves on their board of directors. James has an executive MBA from the University of Calgary.