As Executive Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity at MRU, the administrative host for the Centre, James has developed or co-created social innovation, leadership, and systems-focused learning programs for both undergraduates and the broader community. A former foundation executive and philanthropy and social change consultant, including as Vice President and Program Director of the Gordon Foundation, James currently serves as a Director on the Board of Alberta Ecotrust, as an Advisor to the Nonprofit Resilience Lab, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Philanthropist. He is the lead author of an annual scan of trends and emerging issues, produced in partnership with Calgary Foundation. His recent contributions to community-partnered knowledge production include Aging and Thriving in the 21st Century, with ATCO; The Right to Eat Right: Connecting Upstream and Downstream Food Security, with the YYC Food Security Fund and Place2Give Foundation; Merging for Good: A Case-Based Framework for Nonprofit Amalgamations, with Trellis, The Problem Solver’s Companion: A Practitioners’ Guide to Starting a Social Enterprise, co-produced with Shaun Loney and Encompass Co-op; In Search of the Altruithm: AI and the Future of Social Good, co-authored with Alina Turner of Helpseeker; and A Student Guide to Mapping a System, co-produced with Systems-Led Leadership and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford. James is a member of Catalyst 2030, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.