Jim’s love of the ocean started at the age of 2 when he went fishing off Victoria with his father. His first encounter with killer whales
was at age 11 in his 4 metre boat. He is a licensed captain and has been scuba diving for over 35 years. Jim is a pioneer in the whale watching industry
having started British Columbia’s first whale watching company in 1980. Jim’s love of killer whales
started in 1977 and has carried on to today. He has been involved with many committees that are committed to saving the environment and killer whale habitat
. His cooperation with researchers and scientist worldwide with acoustic recordings of marine mammals
with concentration in the Blackfish Archipelago
/ Johnstone Strait area
and the photo identification programme in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and Fisheries and Oceans Canada is ongoing. Jim has been recognized with many awards, one being Conservation Champion of British Columbia for 2008.