ADVANCING THE LOW CARBON ECONOMY
PROFILE INFLUENCE SUPPORT
What I Do
How I help companies, organizations, and governments that are working to advance the global low-carbon economy.
If you have a plan for how you get the word out, I’ll help you bring it to life. If you don’t, I’ll help you figure out what you want to say, to which audiences, and through what channels. I’ll amplify your ideas and get them into circulation with messages that stick.
Report and White Paper Writing
I produce crisp, engaging publications that outline options, present research, or make a case for action. Some of America's top editorial talents mentored me at Outside magazine. I've since produced multiple reports focused on the low-carbon economy.
I can draw out your story or detail an upcoming project or event, and explain its impacts via case studies, fact sheets, briefing notes, guest blogs, opinion editorials, and more. I collaborate with designers to convey information visually.
Got a product launch or event coming up that may interest the media? I’ll drill you before they stick a mic in your face, and coach you on your responses so you’re properly prepped, confident, quotable, and sound-byte ready.
This just in: Competition for ink and airtime is brutal. Over the years, I’ve established relationships with a range of reporters, editors, and producers in Canada and the United States. I know what they need, and when, and how to cut through the noise.
Projects and gigs that made a difference.
Vice President, Communications
I contracted with GLOBE Series, the company that produces the biannual GLOBE Leadership Summit and Innovation Expo, as the company's vice president of communications.
GLOBE is a high-level forum for inspiration and collaboration between c-suite business executives, government officials, and civil society leaders on how to leverage markets and innovation to turn social and environmental challenges into business opportunities.
More than a thousand delegates came to GLOBE from more than 50 nations to discuss how to use market forces to drive transformational change. GLOBE 2016 included more than 240 speakers, including The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, four of Canada's provincial premiers, and leaders from companies such as Levi Strauss & Co, IBM, Nestle, Boeing, and BMW, as well as leaders from finance and banking, big-city mayors, and many others.
Clean Energy Canada
Clean Energy Canada works to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems.
As the organization's first employee, I played a pivotal role in growing its brand from nothing into what is now a highly credible national voice on climate and energy issues.
As part of this work I served as editorial director on Tracking the Energy Revolution, a widely-read series of publications and digital platforms that chronicle the growth of renewable energy across Canada and the world.
I also launched and authored the Clean Energy Review, a weekly digest with a 40 percent open rate that is widely read by energy and climate leaders and policy makers.
Almost Green: How I Saved 1/16th of a Billionth of the Planet
Greystone/Skyhorse Books, 2007
In 2008 Greystone Books / Skyhorse published my comic memoir of a year spent living deliberately and building a deep-green studio in my front yard. Douglas Coupland blurbed it. Publishers Weekly pronounced it "feet in the air funny."
What They're Saying
Shout-outs from a few people I've had the pleasure of working with.
Executive Director, B.C. Sustainable Energy Association
"James is supportive, enthusiastic, and brings extensive clean energy sector knowledge and strategy to his communications work. He is a great person to have in your corner."
The Climate Council
Clean Energy Canada
"James is both a doer and big-picture innovator. He’s passionate, driven, and chronically enthusiastic. He's an outstanding writer, he understands the importance of design, and he's widely connected with media. He has been an indelible part of our success."
President, Climate Smart Business
"James brings strong strategy and insight to his communications consulting. He helped Climate Smart with a number of projects - delivering on time, clear and compelling communication pieces that have amplified our message and impact."
Former Director, National Round Table on the Environment and Economy
"James is one of the top reasons Clean Energy Canada is getting attention. From social media, to webinars, to research documents, his work is stellar."
Vice-President, Strategy, Westport Innovations
"James helps organizations, governments, think tanks, and others cut through jargon and distil key messages that are focused on solutions and hope."
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