James Maxim is the son of a family of immigrants who came to Canada from Hungary. He worked his way up from labour farm jobs to Canada Packers to, eventually, becoming an owner and operator of several businesses involved in the energy sector and government consulting.
Mr. Maxim has worked with a wide range of organizations as a volunteer. He has served as Chair of the Seventh Step Society and Multiple Sclerosis Society, was a Canadian Progress Club Charter, was Vice-chair for the Middle East and Africa for the Calgary Expo 2005 bid committee, and sat on the City of Calgary’s Municipal Building Advisory Committee. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for Public Service.
Mr. Maxim worked as an Executive Assistant to Senator Earl Hastings from 1972 to 1975. Further political experience came from being a federal Liberal candidate in Calgary North in 1993 and Nosehill 1997. He has also been involved in provincial politics as a Riding Association President in Calgary East.