Jim Everson

Jim Everson

President
Canola Council of Canada

Jim Everson is President of the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) since May 2017. Jim is responsible for leading the efforts of the Council's professional staff and reporting to the Board of Directors on securing the key objectives of the Canadian canola industry.

He first joined the CCC in 2008 as Vice-President of Government Relations and lead the Council's government activities which included trade policy, market access and regulatory affairs. In 2013, the CCC and the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) entered a service agreement through which the Canola Council provides association management services to COPA. Jim lead this initiative as Executive Director of COPA and was responsible for all aspects of association management and strategy.

Before joining the CCC, Jim had been achieving solutions on government issues for private companies, associations and non-profit groups for over 15 years. Following nine years working as a political advisor in the federal government, he worked with a major Ottawa-based government relations company. Jim held the increasingly senior positions of Senior Consultant, Vice-President (Ottawa) and President. In 1998, he established his own government relations and public affairs practice, Everson Public Affairs. Jim's government experience involved eight years as a senior political advisor to federal cabinet ministers including Chief of Staff to the Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board.