Jim has a BS in electrical engineering and a joint PhD in business and economics from Stanford University.
Currently a computer consultant, Jim’s past experience includes First Nations economic development (Haida and Cowichan bands) and projects for BC Hydro, BC Gas, and WorkSafe BC (WCB). He has also consulted for corporate clients in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
As a professor of business at UBC and SFU, he taught courses in policy analysis and information systems. In the 1980s, Jim was president of Stephenson Software Inc., which developed the VP Planner spreadsheet and database program sold around the world and translated into seven languages.
Jim has served his community as a scout leader and as founding president of the North Vancouver Elementary Band & Strings Parents’ Association in the '90s, which helped save the instrumental music programs in North Vancouver elementary schools. He is a member and past president of the North Shore Unitarian Church.