James C. Temerty is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Northland Power Inc. (listed on the TMX as NPI) and is its largest shareholder. James has built a successful career as an entrepreneur in several industries. He is also a patron and supporter of numerous charitable and community institutions and causes in Canada and abroad.
James pioneered the independent power industry in Ontario with the founding of Northland Power Inc. in 1987 and the subsequent establishment of Northland Power Income Fund, which was one of the first power income trusts in Canada. As a result of the merger of these two entities in 2009, Northland Power Inc. became one of the largest developers, owners and operators of power plants in Canada.
Prior to the founding of Northland Power Inc., James owned and operated the world’s largest privately held chain of ComputerLand stores. He was also instrumental in the founding of Softchoice Corporation (listed on the TMX as SO), a foremost North American reseller of personal computer software and hardware. James served as Chair of Softchoice Corporation for 16 years and was its largest shareholder until December 2006. James began his business career with IBM where he held various progressive middle and senior management positions in Canada and the United States over a period of 15 years.
He is also an active community volunteer, serving as chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum from 2002 to 2009.
He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007 and has been the recipient of many honours. In the most recent of such recognitions, James was named Canada’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.