James is the co-founder of Signal Hill Equity Partners and has over 25 years’ experience investing and building companies. He started his business career as a senior executive at Newcourt Credit Group and helped build the second-largest non-bank finance company in the world. As a member of Newcourt’s Investment Committee, he helped accumulate a portfolio of debt and equity investments in excess of $28 billion, and assisted in completing 26 acquisitions.
James has extensive operational and financial restructuring experience, serving as Chairman, CEO and President of a number of public and private companies including, MDC Corporation and Farley Windows (now part of Gienow Windows and Doors), and helped transform them from positions of financial distress to profitable companies. He was previously a Partner at EdgeStone Capital Partners, one of the most successful private-equity firms in Canada, and was the co-founder of Ironbridge Equity Partners Inc.
James serves as Chairman of Westridge Cabinets Ltd. and C&V Portable Accommodations Ltd., CCI Group Inc., OEL Projects Ltd., Romet Ltd and City Wide. He previously served as Chairman of Orbit Garant Drilling Inc., and was Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of both Newcourt Capital Inc., and Farley Windows and Doors Ltd. He also served on the Board of Directors of Gesco Industries Inc., Davis + Henderson Income Fund and Labstat International Inc.
He holds an MBA – LLB degree from the University of Windsor, where he previously received his Bachelor of Commerce degree. James taught insolvency and restructuring law at the University of Windsor Law School. He is also the founder and a lecturer of the Advanced Business Law course. This course is designed as a workshop that aims to bring together academics and real life cases in order to provide students with practical insights and experiences in M&A, securities, corporate finance and insolvency and restructuring. James received many scholarships and awards including the Clark Award for his outstanding service to the University of Windsor.