James (“Jim”) LeBlanc is the founder of J. LeBlanc International and ‘Consigliere’ to a number of senior executives throughout the world. With over 30 years of international experience, he has served in numerous leadership and executive positions within both the public and private sectors. He is also currently Chairman of the Candy Group US. As Vice President, and then as a senior advisor, of Unity Resources Group for the last number of years, Jim provided a wide array of global leadership, senior management and related services.
Jim previously served as executive director for the American-Kuwaiti Alliance, providing all elements of the leadership and management of the organization. He was also the senior resident Country Director in Iraq for a large international NGO responsible for providing organizational leadership and the implementation of numerous democratic development programs during the highly volatile period from 2004 to 2006. Jim served as chief of staff to the Secretary of State for External Affairs and International Trade and the Minister of Science and Technology, as well as, executive assistant to the Canadian Ambassador for International Security and Arms Control, giving him extensive public and political experience at senior levels in the Canadian Government. These positions, along with others, gave him critical varied and multi-faceted experience in:
- Providing advice and counsel to senior government officials and CEOs
- Strategic analysis, planning and communications
- Risk and crisis management
- Project management in complex environments and issue management
Jim is active in a number of organizations including those focused on international security and stability operations. He is also a past senior associate at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and continues to sit on numerous boards and advisory councils including as Vice-Chair of the International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA), Hostage US and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC).
Jim has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School (U.S.); a Master in Arts (International Security and Conflict) and a Bachelor of Arts (Law and Political Science) from Canada.