James Howe possesses a proven track record of success over more than 20 years as a creative, innovative nonprofit communications professional.
As our Chief Idea Guy, James led awareness campaigns for Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region and worked on annual reports and other communications material for clients such as Blue Door Shelters in York Region, the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society and World Accord. See our portfolio!
He is preparing for senior leadership roles with greater responsibility through the Senior Leadership and Management in the Not-For-Profit Sector program at Conestoga College. He as completed 6 of 10 courses: Finance, Human Resources, Leadership, Strategic and Operational Planning, Systems Issues, and the final Applied Project. He is currently enrolled in the facility management course.
James is passionate about using social media for change as part of his quest to help the social profit sector get the biggest bang for its communications buck. He authored the chapter on using social media in the newly published book Excellence in Fundraising in Canada: Volume 2 (2014). He participated in two panels on using social media at the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington D.C.
Most recently, James was Communications Manager at Reep Green Solutions (2015 – 18) an environmental charity based in Waterloo Region that helps people live sustainably. Previously, he was Director of Communications for the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo (2006 – 10) and was the first communications professional at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank (2004 – 2006).
James founded Social Media Breakfast: Waterloo Region as a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving everyone access to low cost opportunities to learn how to effectively learn how to enhance their use of social media. With a team of volunteers, he organized 24 events over 3 years which featured high quality speakers and attracted large crowds of 70 – 170 people. More than 900 people attended between 2010 and 2013.
James is a member of NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network).
An active community builder, James contributes as a volunteer in many ways to build happy, healthy communities in Waterloo Region.