CHEO Board of Directors
Jim Roche is the President and CEO of Stratford Managers Corporation. He founded the company to positively impact society by helping organizations and their leaders achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Jim’s drive to positively impact society has been a guiding principle throughout his extensive career, leading to impressive accomplishments in privately owned and public companies as well as not-for-profits. As a seasoned executive and corporate director with over 30 years of experience, Jim is a strong advocate for small- and medium-sized companies and an active angel investor. He provides C-level advice on governance, strategy and operational matters, and serves in interim CEO roles. Prior to starting Stratford, Jim began his career as a founding member of Newbridge Networks where he helped grow the company to over $1B in revenue. Jim then co-founded Tundra Semiconductor and during his tenure as President and CEO, the company achieved double-digit average annual revenue and profit growth.
Over his career, Jim has sat on over forty boards and committees. He is currently a corporate director on the boards of Ballard Power Systems, Aonix and ThinkRF. As a community builder, Jim also sits on the boards of CHEO and Invest Ottawa, and champions innovation on the boards of Ocean Networks Canada, NRC-IRAP and the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards. Previous board assignments include Wi-LAN, DNA Genotek, Youth Services Bureau and Queensway Carleton Hospital.