James was elected as a Director in 2018 and joined the Human Resources Committee in 2020. He has an extensive background serving on the boards of many organizations over the past 19 years, including Westgen, Semex, Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan, Dairy Producers Cooperative, and the Saskatchewan Milk Producers Association. He was also Chair of the Governance and HR Committees for Saskatchewan Milk Board and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan.
His dedication to being a director stems from his desire to participate in building a producer driven presence in the processing sector.
“This presence influences the development of policy, leadership, and outcomes that are balanced with stakeholder needs. My goal is to contribute and add value by supporting the creation of proper board function that can be sustained long-term. To do so, I am able to participate and engage in the tough conversations that are required for organizational culture changes.”
James’ journey with farming began in 1975 as student in the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. He now runs 3000 acres of farmland near Grenfell, Saskatchewan with his wife Laurel and two daughters (Erin and Michelle). Together they are responsible for a herd of 600 cows – 230 of which are milking cows – as well as growing forage and grain for the dairy herd and canola as a cash crop.
As an avid student with a desire to continue learning, James spends his leisure time studying governance and farming strategies and participating in a variety of self-development opportunities. He completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Course from the Rotman School of Management in 2020 and in 2018 he attended the Future Leaders Development Conference. He is currently enrolled in the online Professional Directors course through Governance Solutions Inc.