Jim Blake

TCCBE Board Liaison

Jim resides in Haliburton, Ontario where he works as a facilitator, consultant, project manager, educator and community volunteer. Since 2002 he has worked with the Haliburton County Development Corporation as their Community Economic Development Consultant. In this role he works with the not-for-profit sector, businesses, business associations, municipalities and other levels of government to facilitate strategic planning and community economic development and co-ordinate HCHC’s Haliburton Creative Business Incubator.

In 2002, under the umbrella of the HCDC, Jim undertook the responsibility to work with all of the arts, culture and heritage organizations in the region to form the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands.

Jim serves as the curator of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and is a part-time faculty member at the Fleming College Haliburton School of Art + Design where he teaches courses on business for artists.

As a community volunteer, Jim is the president and co-founder of the Haliburton County Community-Co-operative, which provides support for a wide range of community initiatives in the areas of the arts, heritage, active living and community-based research.

Jim is the co-chair and co-founder of the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research, board member of the TCCBE (Trent Centre for Community-Based Education), treasurer and co-founder of the SPARC Network, chair of Dance Happens Here Haliburton, past-chair of the Glebe Park and Museum committee of the Municipality of Dysart et al and serves on various other committees of not-for-profit organizations. Through his work with U-Links and the TCCBE Jim was involved with the CFICE initiative and in the development of CCEC.

In 2007, Jim was awarded the Fleming College Fellowship in Applied Education, in 2014 the Paul Harris Rotary Fellowship Award and in 2015 the Highlander of the Year awarded by the Chamber of Commerce for community service.