Jim Reader, B.Sc., RHU
- developer, consultant and senior facilitator of The Freedom System
- based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- a husband and father
- an entrepreneur, business executive
- program designer, corporate culture specialist, speaker/facilitator
- award-winning western historical singer/songwriter & professional entertainer
Jim's background is varied with plenty of water under the bridge. He's cut a wide swath along his career path and is able to bring unique and refreshing perspectives to The Freedom System participants.
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Jim's is not a story of rising from the ashes to the pinnacle of success. He is someone who has felt the euphoria of life's 'ups', and has indeed felt the devastating effects of thumps, bumps and lumps that real life can hand out.
Jim has sold tangibles and intangibles; he's managed union and non-union staffs; he has coordinated multi-million dollar capital fundraising campaigns involving hundreds of volunteers; he has held a high profile position in Canadian agriculture; he has been a corporate sales and corporate culture innovator and implementor; he has held a senior management position with a high profile health insurance corporation; he has cowboyed, ranched and from 2010 to 2014 was a contracted VP of a small oil & gas company in Saskatchewan.
Jim feels that much of his interpersonal skill and work ethic can be attributed to his athletic background. Jim was a nationally ranked Canadian university level springboard diver and track athlete, played organized hockey for 40 years, and is a low handicapper on the golf course.
Jim's transferable skills have indeed served him well. Throughout the years, he has hung on to two very distinctly different skills: creativity and helping others. At the foundation is his creative side, where he has been an award winning singer/songwriter since the late '70's and still makes time to perform across North America. ( www.jimreader.com www.westernentertainers.net ) On the mentoring side, the culmination of his business and management background has led to his development and re-development of The Freedom System. He had been public speaking, training and chairing meetings since 1980.
His facilitating/mentoring started in 1993, when he took an entrepreneurial leap from the security of a great paying executive management position to help begin a western Canadian franchise of TheStrategicCoach Inc., one of - if not the - most prestigious entrepreneurial coaching institutions on the planet. Thus, he cut his teeth by helping facilitate highly intensive workshops for entrepreneurs, business owners and salespeople. This life altering move propelled Jim into a further myriad of consulting activities involving training and corporate culture development.
Now semi-retired from the day to day corporate scene, Jim is focussed 100% on re-energizing his love of facilitating workshops and mentoring through his Freedom System. Jim and his wife Marion - between them having 5 wonderful adult children - have entered a new stage in life as empty nesters. They reside in Okotoks, Alberta, in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains.