Jim Spatz serves as the executive chairman of Southwest Properties Limited where he has led the company for the past 34 years. His first career was as a physician practicing family and then emergency medicine for 15 years. As a business leader and philanthropist, Jim is involved in a number of community activities. He is the chair of the Capital Campaign Council for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, steering an ambitious $40M campaign in support of a new waterfront art gallery in Halifax. Jim is a founding partner and Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab – Atlantic. He has served on the boards of several organizations, including the board of governors of Dalhousie University, Atlantic Canada’s largest university, from 2001 – 2015, and as Dalhousie’s board chair from 2008 – 2014, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, the National Executive Committee for the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and as a life director of Neptune Theater.