On behalf of BCIA, I would like to welcome our BCIA Executive Director, JP Ellson.
Our new Executive Director and General Legal Counsel, JP Ellson is originally from Nipawin Saskatchewan where his family operated a seed growing business since 1925. His grandfather is a member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame as one of the developers of canola. With degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Regina and a Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan JP spent several years as chief legal counsel for the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
In 2007 he moved into not for profit corporation management and entertainment law. Along the way he received the Canadian Bar Association Volunteer of the Year Award, The Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals and the Western Canadian Music Industry Builder Award.
He and his wife have operated an event planning company for several years during which he has been the producer or part of the production team for two JUNO Awards, The Canadian Comedy Awards, The Gemini Awards, The Canadian Country Music Awards, BreakOut West and two shows of The Rolling Stones. One of his most prized possessions is a Gemini Award that was won by Ron MacLean for “Broadcaster of the Year” that was gifted to him by Ron much, much later that same evening.
He is the founding president of The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations and the first CEO of Creative Saskatchewan. He has served a member of the Canadian Bar Association National Awards Committee and the Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judicial Council. He has also served as Board Chair of The Conexus Arts Centre and on the Board of Directors of Tourism Saskatchewan and The Warehouse District Business Improvement Association. Most recently he has worked under contract in the international development field specializing in gender equity and climate adaptation projects in east Africa and south east Asia.
JP has led trade missions to Ottawa and every capital city in Canada (except Iquluit) and international trade missions to New York, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Singapore, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Cannes, Bilbao, Barcelona, Hamburg, Glasgow and Warsaw. He has appeared as legal council before numerous parliamentary committees, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Canadian Radio & Television Commission (“CRTC”).
JP, his wife and youngest son have recently relocated from Regina Saskatchewan to Sooke, B.C. where he is amazed by the lack of flat terrain and window screens. JP brings a wealth of not for profit management expertise with special experience in government relations, regulatory compliance and creative promotion.
He looks forward to meeting members at the various branch AGM's this fall and into the New Year. Please help me welcome JP to our wonderful province.
Julie Robinson, P.Ag.