Hon. Jim Prentice P.C., Q.C.
Senior Executive Vice-President and Vice-Chairman, CIBC
The Hon. Jim Prentice is Senior Executive Vice-President and Vice-Chairman of CIBC and joined the Bank in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for expanding CIBC's relationships with corporate clients across Canada and internationally. He also provides leadership on strategic initiatives for the Bank.
He speaks extensively on behalf of the Bank and is a respected authority on foreign investment, energy and the environment.
Mr. Prentice holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. He was designated as a Queen's Counsel in 1992 and a Privy Councillor in 2006.
From 1980, Mr. Prentice practiced law in Calgary, Alberta for more than 20 years, specializing in the litigation of property rights and the resolution of aboriginal land claims. During that time he was involved in a wide range of community, philanthropic and political activities at the provincial and national level.
Mr. Prentice ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 2003 and was subsequently elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Calgary North Centre in 2004. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2008.
From 2006 to 2010, he served as one of the most senior Ministers in the Canadian Government. He chaired the Operations Committee of Cabinet and served variously as the Minister of Industry, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. During his tenure, he also sat as a member of the Priorities Committee of Cabinet.
Upon his retirement from public life in late 2010, the Prime Minister of Canada described Mr. Prentice's role as that of the 'Chief Operating Officer of the Government of Canada' between 2006 and 2010.
In addition, Mr. Prentice managed the Government's environmental, energy and climate change agenda through to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. In that capacity he also served as Canada's principal intermediary on the Clean Energy Dialogue with the Obama administration.
His tenure as Canada's Minister of Environment was marked by a dramatic expansion of Canada's National Park system. He remains a passionate conservationist.
Mr. Prentice is a member of the Board of Directors of Bell Canada (BCE Inc.), a member of the Board of Directors of CPR and a member of the Board of Directors of Coril Holdings Ltd. He is the Canadian Chairman of the Trilateral Commission. He serves on the International Advisory Committee of Lafarge Group. He serves as a Governor of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and as a Governor of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.