With broad, multi-sectoral experience, Jim Dinning is an accomplished business executive and former politician. He serves as chair of Russel Metals Inc and Liquor Stores NA Ltd, both TSX-listed companies. Dinning is chair of Desjardins-owned Western Financial Group and Zag Bank.
He served as board chair of Export Development Canada from 2007 to 2013. He is the past chair of the Canada West Foundation.
Jim served as Chancellor of the University of Calgary from 2010 to 2014 and was honored with the Chancellor Emeritus designation as he completed his four-year term.
He is a director of the Canadian institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and he serves as a trustee with the Killam Trust. For the last seven years, he has served as the lead faculty member of the Max Bell Public Policy Training Institute.
These engagements follow seven years (1997-2004) as executive vice-president of Transalta Corporation, Canada’s largest publicly traded electric power generator.
Prior to his private sector work, Jim had a respected career as both a public servant and an elected politician. By the age of 31, Jim had held a variety of positions in the Alberta government, including Deputy Minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs. He entered provincial electoral politics, representing a Calgary constituency from 1986 to 1997. During this time he served as Minister of Community and Occupational Health, Minister of Education and finally, as Provincial Treasurer from 1992-97.
A graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Public Administration, Jim received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2002. He was honored by Canada’s Public Policy Forum in 2014 when he received the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy.
Jim Dinning was honored as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors at its June, 2015 meeting in Toronto.