After leading Vancouver Opera for 17 years, James Wright retired from the company in June 2016. Under his leadership the company was known for innovative productions and field-leading community programming. Previous to moving to Vancouver, he held senior leadership positions with the opera companies of Charlotte NC and Anchorage AK.
He is a regional director for Nature Conservancy of Canada BC Chapter, and recently completed terms on the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, the Vancity Community Foundation board of directors, and the National Arts Centre’s Creation Fund advisory committee.
Jim serves as a field consultant with Opera America and has recently facilitated meetings in New York City, St. Louis and Dallas, and is a mentor for Business for the Arts artsVest program. He is a birder and served as a volunteer on the Vancouver planning committee for the 27th International Ornithological Congress held in Vancouver in August 2018.
Jim received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to peers, community and to Canada.