AMANDA “AJ” JAMES
Director of Business Development
Amanda grew up an only child in Richmond, BC. According to her husband and best friend, this goes a long way towards explaining who she is!
After finishing up her Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia, Amanda decided to delay adulthood a little longer by going overseas to complete a graduate degree at the University of London. This degree, a Master of Science in Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology, serves very well as a tongue twister and unique piece of personal trivia, but was not going to be Amanda’s long-term career path.
Upon returning to Vancouver, Amanda spent six years working in environmental sciences with the federal government (PWGSC) where she had the opportunity to explore all corners of British Columbia and Yukon, including mountaintop Coast Guard stations, far-flung hydrometric stations, and maximum-security correctional institutions. In 2007, she joined the PWGSC Pacific Region’s executive team, first in an internally focused role as the Director of Corporate Services and later in an externally focused role as the Director of Real Property. Throughout this period, Amanda volunteered as a spinning instructor at the YMCA, which is where she met her husband, a student in her class (her husband says she took advantage of her position of authority in their student-teacher relationship).
In 2013, Amanda and her business partner left government to start an independent consulting practice focused on commercial real estate strategy and planning. Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit, Amanda has since launched a handful of other business ventures, which was how she was introduced to Eteros. As Director of Business Development and Government Relations, Amanda hopes to use her combination of public and private sector experience to help Eteros achieve success.