In his role as Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University, James has led the creation of non-credit, co-curricular and credit-based programs for students and practitioners in social innovation, community investment and the economics of social change. James previously served as a philanthropy executive and consultant, including as senior executive for the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation in Toronto. He has served as chair of the Arctic Funders Collaborative, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network.
James has published extensively and is the lead author of an annual scan of trends and issues, produced in partnership with Calgary Foundation, and is a leadership faculty member for the Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Institute. James is also a regular contributor to the Future of Good and KCI Philanthropy Trends.
His most recent publications include co-authoring a Students’ Guide to Mapping a System, published by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, co-authoring In Search of the Althruithm: AI and the Future of Social Good, in partnership with the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, The Loney Companion: 10 Steps to Starting a Social Enterprise in Canada, produced with Encompass Co-op, and a chapter on the role of business in the community, as part of a forthcoming textbook on the nonprofit sector in Canada, produced by Carleton University and the Muttart Foundation.