James  served as the elected Chief of Klahoose First Nation for three consecutive terms. In this role he also guided economic development for his nation with a focus on innovation as a wellspring of reconciliation.  The projects included Jimmy Creek, the largest green, run-of-river hydro project in Western Canada over the past decade and creation of cultural tourism business.  James has also served on the board of BC Assembly of First Nations, the Naut’sa Mawt Tribal Council and the Powell River Education Services Society. First People’s Cultural Foundation, and he has an extensive background in tourism, construction and the forest industry. His focus has always been to build capacity within his own community and strengthen strategic economic opportunities for Klahoose and other First Peoples