Work History

Work History
Sep 2001 - Present


JM Project Management
  • 30 years management experience in retail, marketing and direct mail/mail order
  • Entrepreneur with superior business skills--from concept to final execution
  • Exceptional buying and negotiating skills
  • Experienced in tourist, gift, apparel, skiing and outdoor markets
  • 12 years experience as a judge for gift shows throughout Canada and international markets
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and time management skills
  • High-energy team player, with proven ability to lead both internal and external resources
  • Formed a strategic alliance with the Justice Institute of BC to develop their retail store, merchandise and on-line store programs
  • In 2003 traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan to serve as a merchandise specialist for the United Nations Development Fund for Women and to help launch an Economic Empowerment Program as part of the first Afghanistan women's conference in 25 years.  One of four North American judges hired to help the women of Afghanistan increase their products' marketability to both local and international markets
  • Provided marketing and retail consulting services to a number of BC companies - including BC Experience (a $10 M interactive, multi-sensory geographical attraction in Victoria's historic Crystal Garden), Cassiar Mountain Jade (a retail shop specializing in BC Jade), the Van Dop Gallery (an innovative approach to marketing local artisans through virtual living); Cambridge & Company (private school uniforms), Thomas FX (a supplier of special effects products to the film industry),BC Tourism Information Centres (to develop their merchandise program), BC Rail and Canadian Geographic
  • Assisted with design and development of the launch of the Arts & Cultural Guide to BC, a promotional and publicity tool for local artisans
  • Responsible for the design, development and delivery of adjudication services for the "Uniquely" Gift Show series across Canada and internationally, leading a minimum of seven juries per year; 
  • Co-owned and operated the Uniquely Canada retail and on-line store in Sun Peaks (Kamloops), BC. Responsible for sourcing and developing new products, designing merchandising programs and revenue opportunities, operational and human resources procedures, purchasing, marketing, store and website design.
1988 - 2001

Director, Retail

Beautiful BC Magazine

  • Increased revenues from $200,000 to over $3.5 million and decreased cost-of-goods by 10%
  • Managed a purchasing budget of $1.5 million
  • Managed up to 45 staff with a wage budget of $600,000
  • Developed concept for, and opened outdoor-oriented retail shop for Grouse Mountain
  • Developed concept for, and opened seven BBC gift shops; worked with strategic alliances such as Vancouver International Airport, BC Ferry Corporation, Overwaitea Food Group and Grouse Mountain
  • Provided consulting advice to Ripley’s Aquarium Retail (a division of The Jim Pattison Group), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, from initial design through to start-up
  • Developed numerous private-label products for BBC, Grouse Mountain & Ripley’s Aquarium;
  • Successfully launched e-commerce website (
  • Created Corporate Christmas Gift Basket Program for Jimmy Pattison for tenyears
1979 - 1988

Direct Marketing Manager & Craft Department Coordinator

Canadian Living Magazine

  • Developed and managed mail order division for magazine and successfully launched Canadian Living cookbook series
  • Grew revenues from $0 to over $1 million annually


1974 - 1977

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute


JM Project Management provides full-service retail management services to a number of BC companies including the Justice Institute of British Columbia, The Arts & Cultural Guide to BC and the Van Dop Gallery (an innovative home-based gallery dedicated to the promotion of BC artisans). 

Areas of expertise include:

  • Planning & Budgeting
  • Product Selection, Purchasing & Inventory Management
  • Custom Merchandise Programs
  • Operations & Fulfillment
  • Recruitment & Training
  • Administration Management