Jim's life away from his Law Office is unique. He sang Second Tenor in the world-famous Vancouver Bach Choir for 18 years and is a member of The Vancouver Club in downtown Vancouver and the Institute of Directors in London, England.
Since 1980, Jim has been a perennial Master of Ceremonies at DanceSport BC’s free open-air summer dances at the Robson Square Ice Rink in downtown Vancouver.
But outside the office, Jim is principally involved in the administration of competitive ballroom dancing, now called “DanceSport,” which received full recognition as a sport from the International Olympic Committee in 1997.
After retiring from competing personally, he became Canadian National President of the 1,300-member Canada DanceSport organization, the peak governing body for DanceSport in Canada, from 1997-2005. Jim was Canada's representative in the governing world body, the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), and attended meetings all over North America, Asia and Europe, including at IOC Headquarters in Switzerland, and especially in cities across Canada from Victoria to Halifax. He was invited to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta for the filming of CBC-TV’s documentary on DanceSport's Olympic initiative and appeared in the resulting episode of “CBC Witness” called “The Dancing Game.”
Jim was a successful competitor from 1976 - 86. In 1996 and 1997, he organized two very successful world-ranked DanceSport competitions in Vancouver: the “SnowBall Classic” WDSF World Competitions, featuring Olympic-level competitors from Europe, Canada, the USA, and Asia. By “moving the SnowBall Classic to the next level,” he was pivotal in its huge growth and success ever since. Since 1985, he has presided over numerous Canadian DanceSport Championships in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and three United States National Championships. He has contributed to several publications, including the International DanceSport Magazine, Dance News, and The New York Times on the subject. He served as an Official of the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan.
In 1998, he became the first Canadian ever elected to the governing WDSF ‘Presidium’, the sport’s world 14-member board of directors, and is one of the people in the world responsible for World Championships, DanceSport’s relations with the IOC, and other matters affecting the world's 4½ million registered DanceSport athletes. He has been Chair of WDSF’s Legal Commission since 1998, dealing with sports law questions all over the world. He was re-elected to further terms on the Presidium in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2017 and was WDSF’s first World Anti-Doping Representative.
WDSF's New World Board of Directors, Singapore, June 2017
In 2016, Jim was elected 1st Vice President of WDSF. At the WDSF’s Diamond Anniversary 60th Annual General Meeting in Singapore in June, 2017, he was elected to a four-year term as WDSF’s Vice-President for Legal Affairs.
Jim has been a Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee since 1997. He was DanceSport’s Representative to the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) 1997 - 2005, and has served on two subcommittees of the COC. Since 2005 he has been elected and re-elected four times to personal membership in the COC for British Columbia.
He has contributed to several publications, including the International DanceSport Magazine, Dance News, and The New York Times on the subject. He served as an Official of the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan.