Jim Simpson


Jim is President and Principal of the firm. His business background includes positions with Sears Canada, NCR Corporation and the TransCanada Telephone System, as well as several years as an entrepreneur in information technology and consulting.

He enjoyed a diverse and rewarding career in economic development with the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Business Inc., including positions as a consultant and advisor to small business, Assistant to the Deputy Minister, various research, marketing, project oversight and public information roles and, beginning in the mid-1990’s, responsibilities for managing international trade development and the province’s programs and services to exporters.   

Jim is an alumnus of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources Management.


J E Simpson Consulting was originally established in 1980 to carry out a specific business support project. This immediately led to the formation of a new corporate identity, Citadel Consulting Group Ltd. (CCG).  The firm was a unique collaboration of several technical specialists, with Jim serving as President. CCG developed back office accounting software, provided system analysis services to several government agencies and pursued other opportunities that were emerging from the growing adoption of information technology by small businesses at that time.

Jim also carried out a variety of market research assignments for public and private sector clients over his three years with CCG. In 1983 he began an extended contract with the Nova Scotia Department of Development that ultimately evolved into his 24-year career in the provincial public service.

J E Simpson Consulting was formally reactivated in September 2007 following Jim’s retirement from Nova Scotia Business Inc. The firm has been actively engaged since then in a series of projects supporting export development in Atlantic Canada. It was incorporated as JE Simpson Consulting Ltd. in December 2008. 


Please consult the following links for a detailed CV or a brief synopsis of Jim’s background and experience in the public and private sectors.

Detailed CV

One-Page Brief




Office: 902.876.0391
Email: jim@simpsonconsulting.ca