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 world-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 has emceed three United States National Championships in Seattle and Baltimore. 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 13-member world 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 5½ 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.