James C. Thomas


Senior Advisor

Jim’s unique grasp of the “big picture landscape” has made him an industry leader in environmental, regional and community planning, in a career spanning over three decades.

Jim has worked closely with First Nations to negotiate and implement groundbreaking land claims and land settlements in Manitoba and Ontario. Some of his most recognized works include the Rainy River First Nations Land Claim and the Peguis First Nation Surrender Claim. In addition, Jim has spent the last ten years leading the HTFC team through unprecedented environmental assessment work with York Factory First Nation (YFFN). The resulting document entitled, Kipekiskwaywinan: Our Voices, outlines this assessment while drawing from the traditional knowledge, experience, and values of the YFFN Cree. Jim’s exceptional practice engages Indigenous people, communities, municipalities, cultural groups, Crown Corporations, private industry, and federal and provincial governments.

Additionally, Jim is a leader in community and regional planning. He is very familiar with planning and development issues through his involvement in a wide variety of projects; including development plans, zoning by-laws, residential subdivisions, and infrastructure development. Jim has extensive experience in conducting meaningful public consultation programs and has specialized expertise in the fields of watershed and waterway planning.

Jim holds an Honours Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba. In 2013, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for his executed works and his work in the community. Jim regularly lectures at universities and conferences across the country on regional planning, site planning and terrain analysis. An avid outdoorsman and accomplished triathlete, Jim has completed two Ironman races and competed at the Canadian National Championships.

Jim has taken on a new role at HTFC as a Senior Advisor.  He will be focussing on internal mentoring, business management, and selected project work.  

If you wish to contact Jim, please do so through the main office at info@htfc.ca or 204.944.9907.