Mr. James H. Simpson

Jim Simpson

United Church Appointee | Vice Chair, Board of Governors

United Church of Canada


In over 25 years of career growth through the corporate areas of Finance, Human Resources, Strategy Development and Legal responsibilities, Jim Simpson has gained valuable experience in guiding and supporting strategic growth for organizations and strong knowledge of the foundational areas of organizational health, finance, sustainability & development. As well during his years in the non-profit world, he has been exposed to fund development, communications and stakeholder engagement. In particular his time on the board of Naramata Centre (treasurer (2 years), vice chair (2 years), chair (2 years) he led and developed initiatives around ownership consultation and engagement, fund development and working towards developing a financial understanding and business modelling.

Career highlights:

Strategic Partnerships & Development

Naramata Centre (Program & Retreat Centre of The United Church of Canada)

  • Responsible for finance, communications and new business development

Vice President Finance & Corporate Services,

Aspen Family & Community Network Society (social service not for profit)

  •  Guided Finance & IT areas to better support the growth of the Agency so it could provide more timely, accurate and better managed data so key decisions could be made successfully
  • Developed & implemented Human Resource process and policies to better support growth of agency and expanding employee base
  • Worked with Fund Development & Communications team to develop targets and strategies to promote Agency awareness and fund raising
  • Led redesign & implementation of improvements in financial processes and reporting, human resources, information technology and corporate governance

Chief Financial Officer & Assistant Secretary

Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. (oilfield services firm with revenues of C$400 million)

  •  Key committee member in negotiating sale of 30% of Company to Schlumberger Canada Ltd and signing exclusive international marketing arrangement; led due diligence team and oversaw drafting & negotiating shareholder agreements, share purchase agreements and international marketing contract
  • Redesigned and implemented new employee incentive plans and enhanced benefit program
  • Established international structure including subsidiaries and branches in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and United Kingdom

Member of executive team to develop and lead Company’s growth and strategic direction.