Jim has spent over 45
years involved in weather, water and climate. He has been
President of the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society
(CMOS) from 2021 to 2023. He is well known nationally and
internationally, and is frequently invited as an expert speaker by a
variety of organizations and the media.
As President of ClimAction Services Inc., he and colleagues assist
municipalities, including African NS & Indigenous communities, to
understand and adapt to climate change and extreme weather. Jim
is also involved in Eco-Justice initiatives within the Faith community,
as well as member of the Advisory Board for the Black Environmental
Initiative, and was successful in acquiring funding from Environment
and Climate Change Canada for a three-year project to explore ways of
improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness within the weather,
water, and climate "enterprise".
Jim started his career with Environment Canada at CFB Greenwood, then
was transferred to Whitehorse, and on to Montreal where he learned to
work in French. Subsequently, Jim managed a wide variety
weather, water, and environmental operational and research programs,
including meteorological research and the observing program for all of
Canada, including the Arctic.
His most proud accomplishment was starting the Canadian hurricane
forecast and research program, which included being lead investigator
for several reconnaissance flights into hurricanes threatening Canada.
Jim was awarded the Patterson Medal for Meteorology in 2003, the Queens
Jubilee Medal in 2013, and a Fellowship in the Canadian Meteorological
and Oceanographic Society in 2017.