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 board of the Assiniboine Credit Union, and is a Co-founder of Fools + Horses, a Winnipeg-based coffee company.


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.


James integrates leading edge practices from ecological economics and social innovation into mainstream business settings. Through his work in the Centre for Resilience (a co-working lab and experiential learning hub at CMU) James is using problem-based pedagogies to supplement university education in real-world business settings.


He recently wrote a chapter for "A Future Beyond Growth," (Washington & Twomey, ed; 2016), a new academic work outlining best practices 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 "Green Plan." He has also written a number of short articles for CASSE's Daly News and Resilience.org. For more on these publications see magnusjohnston.ca.

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