Years in Current
For over 30 years Jim has been a leader in experiential marketing with an emphasis on events, public relations, promotions and community building. At Evans Hunt Group, a digital marketing firm, Jim gets to focus that experiential background on a one-to-one relationship – helping customers participate in the brands they engage with online.
As a co-founder of Village Brewery, Jim is working hard to gather people around community. Using beer as a social lubricant he is leveraging his many experiences in marketing and building communities to create a more connected Calgary.
Prior to Evans Hunt and Village Brewery Jim was Vice President, Corporate and Community Affairs at Big Rock Brewery, he co-founded The Event Group and also worked at agencies such as Venture Communications, MacLaren:Lintas, Cossette Communications and JWR Advertising.
In the last five years Jim has also co-founded two successful community based events. Best of Calgary was conceived as a reaction to the downturn in oil prices in which Calgarians were losing their positive perspective. Best of Calgary celebrates all the great things we should be proud of, as well as hosting a day for everyone to discuss topics that make for a better city. Jim also co-founded Circle Carnival a 5,000 person festival that moves around the city with hopes of introducing Calgarians to their neighbours and new neighbourhoods.
His passion for community investment has been a common thread through his career and has earned him a philanthropy award from the Canadian Association of Fundraising Professionals, two “40 Under 40” awards with Avenue Magazine, an e-Award for Community Service from Alberta Venture Magazine, the Sherrold Moore Community Award thru the Calgary Chamber and most recently recognized as a Calgary Leader by Business in Calgary Magazine.
Presently Jim is living with terminal cancer and was given a year to live. He’s passed this date and is directing his energy to his health; his family and helping others deal with cancer through his blog www.gatherwithjim.com. But he will always derive energy from those interested in moving to Calgary to make it a better place so feel free to contact him.
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