James MacDonald was elected as a director of the Canadian Justice Review Board on October 20, 2021 and brings to the Board a wealth of financial experience.
Mr. MacDonald is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University in Business Administration and Economics and earned a Masters Degree (MBA) at the University of Toronto having specialized in market and statistical research.
In his professional life he was the Director General of Policy and Program Coordination in the government of Canada at the Department of Communications and was a director at Statistics Canada responsible for all statistical research and data collection in the fields of science and technology, culture and education. This was followed by an appointment as Director of the Department of the Secretary of State for Ontario.
Mr. MacDonald is currently a professor at The Business School at Centennial College teaching graduate students in the fields of International Banking and Finance, Organization Behaviour, Business Analysis, Business Planning Entrepreneurism, Ethics and Stakeholder Management, International Trade and Business.
Professor MacDonald has also been a lecturer at York University teaching Marketing Strategy and Policy.and has volunteered his time and expertise with a number of worthy causes including: the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Past President, Markham Unionville Rotary Club, Past Member Corporate Fundraising, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, to name a few.
Professor MacDonald's current areas of research include an analysis of fiduciary versus non fiduciary duties owed to Canadians by financial industry providers as well as the role and limited success of class actions as attempt at achieving justice through the Courts.
The directors of the Canadian Justice Review Board come from various walks of life and occupations. We represent a broad range of Canadians who are concerned about the state of the justice system.