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Jim Hopson has been involved with football in Saskatchewan for much of his life. He played high school football for Thom Collegiate in Regina and then joined the Regina Rams to play junior football. Hopson graduated from the University of Regina with a degree in education and went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Jim began his professional football career in 1973, joining the Saskatchewan Roughrider football club. He became a starter on the offensive line for the Roughriders in 1974 and had the opportunity to play with many roughrider greats including Ron Lancaster and George Reed. During the 1975 and 1976 seasons, Jim played professional football while teaching in Lumsden, Saskatchewan. After the 1976 season he retired to focus on his teaching career. He completed his M.Ed. while a principal and retired as Director of Education for the Qu’Appelle Valley School Division at the end of 2004.

In 2005 Jim became the president and chief executive officer for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Hopson served in this role until retiring in 2015. Under his guidance, the Roughriders made 4 Grey Cup appearances and captured both the 2007 and 2013 Grey Cups. Jim’s leadership has helped turn the Saskatchewan Roughriders into one of the CFL’s model franchises and achieve record profits while continuing the teams’ deep rooted commitment to the communities in Saskatchewan. He was the driving force behind the resurgence of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club and was awarded the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to the Canadian Football League, the game of football and Canada’s sporting culture.

Jim is a popular speaker for both small and large groups in a variety of sectors. He has been an after dinner and convention speaker. He has acted as the Master of Ceremonies for a number of events keeping the audience entertained with many stores from his playing career and time as Rider President. He is also much in demand as a keynote speaker presenting on topics such as Leadership, Team Building, Managing Change and Building Excellence.

Pictures courtesy Jim Hopson