Director, Institute for Community Prosperity
MEDes, University of Calgary
James Stauch has served as a foundation executive and non-profit sector consultant with nearly two decades of experience working in the field of philanthropy. He has guided or advised on a wide range of programs that support the emergence of community leadership, or that help organizations uncover new possibilities for their programming and operations in order to be strategic, authentic and enduring in their impact. James has worked extensively with communities in the Arctic and far north, with the non-profit sector in the Calgary and Greater Toronto regions, as well as with Aboriginal communities and organizations across Canada.
James is the founder and director of 8th Rung, a consultancy focused on leadership and network development, policy scoping and analysis, citizen-driven strategic planning and evaluation, and helping communities, foundations and industry establish strong relationships based on equity, trust and openness. From 2002 to 2012, he served initially as Program Manager and then as Vice President, Programs and Operations at the Toronto-based Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. While at the Gordon Foundation, he designed and managed its programming related to the Arctic and far north, including co-creating and overseeing the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship Program. Before that, he ran the Community Grants Program at The Calgary Foundation.
Holding a Master in Environmental Design (Planning) degree from the University of Calgary, James has worked in the field of community and regional planning in the private and non-profit sectors within Alberta and the Northwest Territories, including with the Praxis Group and Yamozha Kue (formerly Dene Cultural Institute). James is past Chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network Board of Directors, a co-creator of the Arctic Funders Group and past Chair of two organizations working to build relations between philanthropy and First Peoples: The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and the San Francisco-based International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. Other current involvements include serving as a Consumers Association of Canada-appointed Board member of the Canadian Motor Vehicles Arbitration Plan, as a member of the Banff Forum and as an advisor to several organizations, including PlanLab Ltd., the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, and the NY-based Global Arts Corps.