Speaker Profiles

Carole James

Carole James

Minister of Finance

Government of British Columbia

Carole James was first elected MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill in 2005 and served as Official Opposition leader from 2003-2010. Carole is honoured to serve the people of the community she grew up in, raised her children in, and continues to live in. In July 2017 she was appointed the Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier.

A community leader for over 25 years, a foster parent for over 20 years, Carole served as president of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995.

She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the vice-president of the Canadian School Boards Association. Her experience and dedication to communities is reflected in a number of appointments to provincial initiatives, including the Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, and the Ministry of Children and Families Secure Care Committee.

In addition she served a two-year term as the director of Child Care Policy for the Government of British Columbia.

In 2001, Carole moved to Prince George to serve as director of Child and Family Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services. As part of her management responsibilities, she coordinated the planning for regionalization of child and family services from the Ministry of Children and Families to an Aboriginal Authority.

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