Jim Hopkins

Jim Hopkins
Assistant Deputy Minister
BC Provincial Treasury

Political Science - BA (1976)

Jim Hopkins did post-graduate work in public administration before joining the Ministry of Finance in 1979. He has held positions as research analyst in economic policy and planning, executive assistant to the deputy minister, and director of policy in the government's purchasing commission. In 1987, Jim joined the Debt Management Branch and was appointed as Director of Borrowing and Project Finance in 1999, and Executive Director in 2002. In April 2004, Jim was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Provincial Treasury. Jim is also currently a board member on the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation as well as serves as an advisor to the British Columbia Immigrant Investor Fund Ltd.

My education from the University of Victoria set the foundation for a career in treasury management in the public service although it was not obvious that I would land in this place when I left UVic. A BA in Political Science and Economics combined with History informed my interest and curiosity in public affairs and policy in Canada. The School of Public Administration imparted the critical practical application of public policy. The UVic experience was an anchor that gave me confidence to take initiative on the job and continue learning, and uncover my passion for the treasury business.