Jim Hopson came on board in 2005 as the Roughriders’ first Chief Executive Officer and over the past eight plus years, fans have seen many changes on and off the field. The changes and a focus on excellence in all areas of the operation have seen the Riders reach the Grey Cup four times in the last seven years, winning the 2007 and 2013 Grey Cup championships. A new level of expectations has been set and Jim is focused on building long term stability with championship level football supported by strong business acumen.
There has been a renewed focus on community involvement by the club and a significant number of players are now working in and making Saskatchewan their year round home and being very involved in the community. Jim leads by example as he and his wife Brenda spend numerous hours in the provincial community speaking to community groups, at charity events, and presenting to business groups.
Off the field the Riders continue to excel as a business and achieve record profits. Over the past few years, the organization has won Paragon Awards for both marketing and community involvement; been named as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 companies: selected one of Saskatchewan’s Top 20 Employers; a regional winner for Most Admired Corporate Culture; and an Honorary ABEX Award Winner. These have all been steps in achieving the level of excellence Jim desires for the organization.
Personally, Jim has been named one of the Power 50 of Canadian Sports by the Globe and Mail; been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of the province’s most influential men; inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; and was awarded a 2011 International Communication and Leadership Award by Toastmasters International. Jim is also the official spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association’s “Save Your Melon” campaign. This campaign has been recognized nationally for its impact on the prevention of brain injuries. Jim has been awarded both a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and, most recently, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Jim’s roots in Saskatchewan football run deep. He began his football career in high school with the Thom Collegiate Trojans. He then went on to play for the Regina Rams prior to joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1973. He became a starter in 1974 and lined up at guard or tackle for each game during the season. Jim played four seasons with Saskatchewan and helped open holes for the likes of legendary back George Reed, and in protecting quarterbacking great Ron Lancaster.
Jim was able to combine teaching in Lumsden with playing professional football during the 1975 and 1976 seasons, but after playing in the 1976 Grey Cup he retired from football to concentrate on his career in education. He ultimately spent 30 years as a teacher, principal and Director of Education/CEO in Saskatchewan.
Jim has two children – Carrie who is a member of the large Rider nation in Calgary and Tyler who cheers for the team in Regina.
|Retail Assistant Manager, Saskatoon||Holly Brown|
|Manager CRM and Information Technology||Ricardo del Cid|
|Corporate Partnerships||Kevin Clive|
Community Relations Coordinator
|Receptionist, Mosaic Stadium||Shelly Crooks|
|Warehouse Lead||Carol Csenar|
|Executive Assistant /Office Coordinator||LaVerne Cuddington|
|Corporate Partnerships||Olivier Eddie|
|Retail Assistant Manager, Northgate Mall||Jesse Ell-Schwartz|
|Retail Store Manager, Saskatoon||Jack Ferwerda|
|Retail Store Manager, Mosaic Stadium||Kevin Flood|
Corporate Partnerships Coordinator
Retail Operations Assistant
|Digital Media Coordinator||Cara Hull|
|Ticket Control Officer||Carol Hoeving|
|Community Relations Intern||Brian Kalbhenn|
|Manager, Facilities & Stadium Operations||Hugh McKay|
|Manager, Human Resources||Kim Mealing|
|Webstore Merchandiser||Rebecca Mills|
|Assistant Director, Retail Operations||Charlene Oancia|
|Digital Media Producer||Michael Orthner|
|Customer Service Coordinator||Amy Packham|
|Receptionist, Business Office||Charlee Patton|
|Manager, Community Relations||Dan Plaster|
|Manager, Communications||Ryan Pollock|
|Retail Assistant Manager, Mosaic Stadium||Melissa Reynolds|
|Retail Store Manager, Grasslands||
Manager, Ticket Operations
|Financial Reporting Analyst||Aaron Thompson|
|Retail Store Manager, Northgate Mall||Christa Tomyn|
|Corporate Partnerships||Jordan Wall|
|Manager, Video Production||Gord West|