James Risdon is an award-winning Canadian journalist and former Canadian Association of Journalists national director based out of northern New Brunswick. A Concordia University journalism graduate, he also holds college diplomas in social sciences and business administration. This staunch Roman Catholic has covered business, the equity markets and the economy, politics, justice, First Nations rights, the environment and breaking news for publications from coast to coast, including Manitoba's Winnipeg Free Press, New Brunswick's Telegraph-Journal, Nova Scotia's The Chronicle-Herald, Timmins' The Daily Press, British Columbia's Business In Vancouver, St. John's The Telegram, Prince Edward Island's The Guardian, and the Northwest Territories' Yellowknifer. An ex-militia officer, James was trained by members of the Royal 22nd Regiment at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier for service with the French-language Régiment de Maisonneuve as a platoon co-commander. He has contributed to the military industry trade magazine Canadian Defence Review. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesrisdon007.