Jim Warren is a senior executive and entrepreneur with 25 years of progressive leadership experience in the gaming, lottery, corporate affairs, and political arena.
Currently, Jim is President and CEO of Riseley Strategies Inc., a consulting firm he founded in 2008. Riseley Strategies specializes in the fields of communications strategies, crisis management, stakeholder management, and business development.
Jim has worked for some of the world’s largest gaming companies, as well as Canada’s top decision-makers. Previously, he has served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG), Executive Director to the Premier of Ontario, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the Mayor of the City of Toronto, and Director of Corporate Communications at Magna International Inc.
In 2008 Jim founded Riseley Gaming Inc., a company formed to build and operate casino-related investments. Riseley Gaming Inc. was one of four companies that partnered together to win a Provincial Request for Proposal in 2008 for a 20-year monopoly gaming license for the Province of New Brunswick.
From 2008 to 2015, Jim was a board member and co-owner of Sonco New Brunswick, which developed, constructed, financed, and operated a $95 million gaming and entertainment complex. Located in Moncton, the complex construction and operations included a casino, a 128-room hotel, and a 1,800 seat multi-purpose entertainment venue and convention facility. In 2015 the complex was successfully sold to Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.
Jim is publicly known for his work as an on-air political analyst for Bell Media properties Newstalk 1010, CTV News Toronto, and CP24. He was a national columnist for Postmedia from 2015 to 2020.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and completed the Canadian Securities Course. In 2023, he completed the prestigious ICD-Rotman Directors Education program. Jim’s passion for his work keeps him on an energetic agenda, but he greatly enjoys his personal time with his partner Elizabeth and his two children.