Simon James

Simon James

Program Executive Director

Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phone: 1-604-314-4834

With nearly 40 years of experience in project and program management, predominately in the technology industry, my expertise includes building project teams & PMOs, supporting senior stakeholders and identifying business risk management strategies including mission critical operational support strategies. My focus is to provide practical problem solutions, which acknowledge all stakeholders whilst being cognizant of business constraints (including budgetary ones).

My vendor and contract management consulting experience has allowed me to provide professional level service in numerous contract negotiations, escalations and problem resolutions. With a strong background in the private and public sectors I am able to execute tactical and strategic plans for large corporations. I directly interface with Legal, IT Specialist, Finance, Privacy and Security experts to ensure approvals, compliance and business objectives are achieved with an acceptable level of risk. 

I’ve also been a Project Management Mentor for many years and I am particularly passionate about helping team members who are keen on developing skills and experience within their organization.

Professional Skills

Build PMOs to support large, complex projects including team recruiting and building as well as appropriate governance.

Negotiates complex IT contracts that meet a business’s critical operational requirements.

Collaborative leader and coach enjoy working towards big goals and achieving wins together.

Evaluates new technologies that span multiple platforms to integrate with existing business solutions.

Understands relevant standards and practices for public sector competitive bidding processes

Professional Highlights
  • Built ERP recovery PMO for a $4bn corporation when the original implementation stopped the entity trading (affecting share price).
  • Built Programs for 2 different entities to implement Microsoft O365 globally.
  • Led commercial systems development for SAP. implementation in Europe.
  • Worked on Province wide IT outsourcing IBM/TELUS solution.
  • Provided program and project consulting and technical services to: Methanex, Finning International, TELUS, Allied Domecq and UBC

Avantage’s SLMaaS is specifically designed to help organizations control, manage and maintain software licensing compliance without adding resources or expensive toolsets.​ We have extensive experience helping businesses maximize their IT investments in the following key areas of Software License Management.

  • Licensing Compliance
  • Policies and Governance
  • Vendor Negotiation
  • Audit Defence
  • Licensing Strategy
  • Strategic Sourcing