James Magnus-Johnston

Ecological Economist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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James is the Director of the Centre for Resilience at Canadian Mennonite University, where he teaches Social Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the boards of Assiniboine Credit Union, Transition Winnipeg, and the Green Action Centre, and is a Co-owner of Fools & Horses, a coffee business with two locations in downtown Winnipeg.

BACKGROUND

James has worked in finance, in public policy, and in communications as an editor and translator in Asia. He completed his MPhil in Economics at Cambridge University, where he studied the growth requirement of the global banking system. He was named one of Manitoba's "Future 40 Under 40" in 2015.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

James is interested in applying knowledge for social and ecological stewardship in the private and public sectors through the principles of ecological economics (ie. local economic resilience, transition towns, and steady state economics). Fools & Horses practices corporate democracy and waste reduction according to Benefit Corporation ("B Corp") guidelines.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

He recently wrote a chapter for "A Future Beyond Growth," (Washington & Twomey, ed; 2016), a new academic work outlining policies for ecological and economic resilience. He also recently co-authored an analysis of the "Energy East" pipeline for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

In 2014, he edited and co-wrote "Winnipeg's Great Transition: Ideas and Actions for a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient City," and led a number of community-based organizations in their response to the Manitoba government's new "Green Plan." He writes regularly for CASSE's Daly News and Resilience.org. For more on these publications see http://www.magnusjohnston.info.

  • Work
    • Canadian Mennonite University
  • Education
    • M.Phil (Economics), Cambridge University
    • Double B.A. (Hons), University of Winnipeg