James earned a B.Eng. from Queen’s University in 2006 and subsequently joined a leadership development role at Telus (Toronto). He started raising investor capital and acquiring Toronto real estate which led him to leave Telus in 2008 to pursue the development of rental properties full-time. After co-founding Percy Ellis, he has since completed more than twenty-five successful projects. James’ key expertise now includes value acquisitions, project planning & financing, multi-unit rental design, urban & public realm design, creating community benefits, and municipal approvals. Outside of work, James spends time with his wife and pups, reading on a wide range of subjects from the latest in science to ancient history, creative writing, experimenting with landscape design, and sailing his 50 year old laser inherited from his father.