Hero of the Month

Our Heroes

…are everyday people, embracing challenges, meeting them head on and have overcome them. They are changing their lives, inspiring their families and touching their communities.

February’s Hero: James McNiven

Jameson D. McNiven is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University and Senior Policy Research Advisor with Canmac Economics Ltd. He was the Fulbright Research Professor at Michigan State University’s Canadian Studies Center in 2010-11.

Until his retirement from Dalhousie, he held the R. A. Jodrey Chair in Commerce in the School of Business Administration and was a Professor of Public Administration. From 1988 to 1994, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie.  Prior to that, he was the Deputy Minister of Development for the Province of Nova Scotia (1981-88) and the President of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (1977-81).

He has been the CEO of a small technology company and has been a member of a number of corporate and government boards, including the Blue Cross of Atlantic Canada and the federal government’s International Trade Advisory Committee. He was a member of the federal government’s Royal Commission on National Passenger Transportation.

Dr. McNiven has a PhD from the University of Michigan.  He has written widely on public policy and economic development issues. His most recent research work has been about the relationship of demographic changes to Canadian regional economic development. He also has an interest in American history, with a book, ‘The Yankee Road’, published in 2015. He is the co-author of three other books. He still continues to teach at Dalhousie on a part-time basis and is a columnist with factsandopinions.com. a digital magazine published in Vancouver BC.

Here at Slim Gyms we have chosen to honour Jim, not on the merit of his exceptional accomplishments in his professional life, but on the generosity and kindness he displays at our fitness facility.

Jim and his lovely wife Joan spend a portion of the Winter in a warmer climate. While away, Jim has decided against pausing his membership and has asked us to offer his fees to an individual that could benefit from going to our gym but may, for some reason or another, have some obstacles that would typically prevent themfrom joining. We were touched and thrilled by his offer and had no problem finding the perfect recipient. As a result of Jim’s generosity there is a lucky individual that is very grateful and is truly benefiting from his new exercise program.

Jim, it is with great pleasure that we are calling you our Hero of the Month and we thank you for the example you are setting in our own little community!