A MemoirAuthor Jim Scott ISBN 9781774571286 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Flanker Press Publication Date June 02, 2023 Size 140 x 216 mm
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This book is about the life of Jim Scott, from his birth in 1962 through to 2022, a journey that took him from a blue—collar family to becoming a successful businessman and self—made millionaire. His journey starts like that of any normal kid in a Canadian middle—class family living in a one—industry town. However, tragedy struck with the loss of his father in 1977. Jim left school less than a year later, and at sixteen years of age, with only a grade eight education, he ventured off to trades school in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. He tried a course in autobody mechanics but found it wasn't for him. Next he tried his hand at learning the millwright trade at a different trades school. His search for employment landed him several jobs throughout Canada and the USA, until at the age of forty—four he created his own firm, Standard Consulting Inc. In nine years, this project and construction management firm grew to a multi—million dollar operation via work from mines with the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), Wabush, and Vale. At the age of fifty—three, Jim Scott sold his company to a national engineering firm and remained as one of its very few non—engineering partners and owners. He managed a multitude of clients in Energy and Industry, two large sectors in Atlantic Canada, including Newfoundland Hydro, Newfoundland Power, New Brunswick Power, Nova Scotia Power, Maritime Electric (PEI), Saint John Energy, Wabush Mines, IOC Mine, CFI Mine, and Vale Mine. Jim Scott retired in 2021 at the age of fifty—nine, only to begin a new venture, namely starting a new firm, Scott Consulting Inc., which now provides business development throughout Newfoundland and Labrador for two large Canadian firms
Jim Scott was born in Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and graduated from the District Vocational School (now the College of the North Atlantic) in Grand Falls with an Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) certificate in 1981. He returned to school in 1993 and graduated in Business Administration (Marketing) from College of the North Atlantic in Grand Falls?Windsor in 1995. Jim also holds a Red Seal in Industrial Mechanics (Millwright). He attended distance education from Memorial University of Newfoundland, completing a Master Certificate in Project Management. Scott started his career as a millwright in 1981, working at Denison Mines underground and surface in Elliot Lake, Ontario, then moving to several mines and large construction projects from 1983 to 2003. Some of these sites and locations were in Canada, including IOC Iron Mines and Scully Iron Mines in Labrador West, NL, Hudson Bay Underground Copper Mine in Leif Rapids, MB, and Duck Pond Underground Gold Mine in Millertown, NL. He also worked at two large oil platform projects, Hibernia and White Rose, in the fabrication yard in Bull Arm, NL. Scott also completed a five—year stint offshore from 1997 to 2001 on the Hibernia oil production platform working as a rig mechanic. His work in the US included the Big Dig (Boston, MA), commission supply and exhaust fans, and the Miramar Marine Base in San Diego, California, removing an Apache helicopter training survival system for shipping to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Scott started his own business in 2006. Standard Consulting Inc. was a project and construction management operation, which grew from one employee to thirtythree in six years. In 2015, he sold the firm to Cima+ Engineering firm in Montreal. With his new position, Senior Director, his new area of operations was Atlantic Canada and his role was to grow and develop this sector through expansion and growth.
Jim Scott is now a semi—retired consultant with his new firm, Scott Consulting Inc., which is retained for services through his old firm, Cima+, and the national construction firm Black & McDonald. Scott Consulting helps both companies with business development throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. He has one son, Jake, a schoolteacher in Shanghai, and his daughter—in—law, Sandi, is also a schoolteacher. Jim is a member of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL). He resides in Paradise, NL, and spends his free time writing and golfing.