Jim Hamilton is a seasoned consultant with extensive experience in the governance and financing of public institutions, especially in relationship to questions of sustainability. Jim’s experiences stem from over twenty-five years in analyzing and advising on financial, environmental and sustainability matters while with Hamilton, Thomas and Associates Ltd and previously as a senior executive and analyst within the Treasury Board Secretariat within the Government of Canada. Included among his major contributions is co-founding the Federal Buildings Initiative within Natural Resources Canada. The Federal Buildings Initiative is a government-wide initiative to take advantage of alternative techniques to finance energy and water savings investments, which presently enjoy widespread application within provincial governments, municipalities, hospitals, schools and universities across Canada. Jim was also instrumental in the initial development of federal built heritage policy as well as Treasury Board policies with respect to environmental matters. Jim’s primary interest today is in assisting others, including governments and organizations, in understanding how their decisions, and in particular their decision processes, impact sustainability over the longer term. He also has an abiding interest in demonstrating how sustainability can be self-financing. When, not involved in these, his focus quickly changes to the outdoors and writing. development.