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James Hughes

Executive Lead, Government and Partner Relations, J.W. McConnell Foundation


James Hughes is currently Executive Lead, Government and Partner Relations at the J.W. McConnell Foundation. Previously, Hughes served as President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation.

Prior to this, Mr. Hughes was New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development is responsible for a wide range of programs and services in the province including child protection, early childhood development, income assistance, disability support and senior care. Mr. Hughes played a central role in the development of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) through a widely acclaimed citizen engagement process (2008-2009).

Before joining the New Brunswick civil service, Mr. Hughes served as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM), Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless men and women. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B. Commerce), University of Cambridge (B.A. Law) and McGill University (B.C.L).

His publications include A Bipartisan Approach to Aboriginal Affairs (2013), Homelessness: Closing the Gap between Ability and Performance (2012) and Why We Can't Afford Poverty (2012). His first book, entitled Early Intervention: How Canada’s social programs can work better, save lives, and often save money, was published by Lorimer Canada in the Spring of 2015.




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