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Jim Billington is an Associate Principal in Navigator's Calgary office. He has extensive experience advising premiers, cabinet ministers, and political parties throughout Western Canada. As Associate Principal, Jim leads client files and provides strategic advice in the areas of communications, issues and crisis management, and government relations.
Prior to joining Navigator, Jim served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Communications to the Premier of Saskatchewan, where he led communications for the province's COVID-19 response, oversaw government media relations and strategic communications, and managed stakeholder relations and international engagement. In 2019 and 2020, he managed national communications efforts as Communications Chair for the Council of the Federation.
Jim has previously served as a ministerial Chief of Staff in the governments of Saskatchewan and Alberta and worked as Executive Assistant to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice.
Jim also brings significant campaign experience to his role at Navigator. In 2020, Jim directed communications for the Saskatchewan Party in a majority provincial election campaign. Prior to that, Jim played key roles in multiple provincial leadership campaigns, seeing two party leaders elected as premiers.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and has received executive education in Finance from the Ivey Business School. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters, though they remain proud members of Rider Nation.