James Hughes is the President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, a leading private philanthropic organization in the mental health sector.

 James Hughes was formerly New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development with responsibility for a wide range of programs and services in the province including child protection, early childhood development, income assistance, disability support and senior care.

Previously, James served as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM), Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless men and women.

James Hughes is a lawyer by training. He practiced law in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, commercial transactions, real estate and bankruptcy. He has degrees from Queen’s University (B. Commerce), University of Cambridge (B.A. Law) and McGill University (B.C.L).

 Mr. Hughes was the founding President of Youth Employment Services, now the premier Montreal based non-profit provider of employment and entrepreneurial services. He is a past board member of the National Council on Welfare, currently serves on the boards of Prosper Canada and Raising the Roof and is a Thought Leader for Vibrant Communities.


He has an unusual mixture of passion for improving the lives of the most vulnerable in the community and a pragmatic approach to finding solutions to deep-rooted social problems.
— Brian Duplessis, Executive Director of the United Way/Centraide of Central N.B.