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Technology executive, investor, and technology/IP lawyer focused on start-up and growth-stage companies.

Year of Call.




Jim has spent the last 25 years in our Alberta economy as a CEO, corporate/technology lawyer, investor, board director, guest lecturer, and mentor to young entrepreneurs. In those roles, Jim has had a front-row seat to a new era of innovation and disruption that is challenging how we live and how we do business. 


As a technology and IP lawyer, both in private practice and as ad hoc “in-house” counsel in his investee companies, Jim has advised on IP strategy and implementation from pure R&D, through to commercialization and liquidity. 


As a founding principal at an Alberta-based private equity firm, Jim led investments in companies ranging from pharmaceutical distribution solutions, clean energy, Independent Digital Media, logistics, and pure-play technologies.    


Jim has also sat on and chaired private and public company boards, and has worked closely with government agencies and ministries, including leading a multimillion-dollar project supported by both federal and provincial grant funding. 


Jim originally hails from Vancouver Island where he and his family like to visit every chance they get.  He does eventually get tired of putting up with the relentless taunting from the devout Canuck fans among his island family and friends, always leading him back to the C of Red!  


National Committee of Accreditation: Juris Doctor, University of Victoria, 1997

LLB Degree in Laws (Hon), University of London, 1996

GCE Advanced Level Laws - Contract Law and English Legal System, Croydon College, 1992


Member of Canadian Bar Association; Past Board Member of Technology Practice Subcommittee
Member, Law Society of Alberta 
Member, Calgary Bar Association 
Past Speaker and Member, Calgary Council for Advanced Technology 
Past Member and Board Director,  IT. CAN, Canada’s largest association of IT Lawyers 
Past MC, Speaker, and Panelist, Banff Venture Forum 
Past Speaker, Annual Conference for Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuers 
Past Lecturer and Contributor, Legal Education Society of Alberta Refresher on Business and Technology Matters 
Past Contributor, The Lawyers Weekly on High Tech and IP matters 
Past Contributor, Calgary Herald Business Section


Executive Chairman of the Board, Serious Industrial Motion Simulators Inc., January 2024 -Present

President and Chief Executive Officer/Board Director, Serious Labs Inc., August 2012-March 2023

Principal, ColMac Capital Inc., July 2011-2022

Chief Executive Officer, Urban Dispatch Logistics Inc., May 2005-September 2010

Lawyer, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, July 2001-May 2005 

Lawyer, Heller Ehrman LLP, May 2000-July 2001

Lawyer, MacLeod Dixon LLP (Norton Rose)September 1997-May 2000

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