James is a Canadian national with over 20 years of experience providing advice to global companies with operations in North America, across the EU, the Balkans, Africa, and the Caucuses. Between 2006 and 2009 he worked as Vice- President Government Affairs for a mid-cap Canadian mining company with operations in the EU, the Balkans, Africa, and the Caucuses. In November 2008, he was recognized as one of the three finalists for European Corporate Affairs Executive of the Year at the European Public Affairs Directory Awards. Prior to 2006, James had 15 years of experience in Canada working in law, public policy, politics and government. He has been a Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1993, and holds a degree in English literature (1988) and a Bachelor of Laws (1991), both from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada.