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Member, Regina

Jim Hopson joined the Board of Directors in 2015. 

Mr. Hopson is currently the Chair of the Conexus Arts Centre. He’s also a Director at the Canadian Football League (Alumni) Association. He acts as an honorary spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association.

Football has always been a big part of his life. After high school, he played 4 years with the Regina Rams. He was a multi-year all-star and named outstanding lineman in the league in 1972. In 1973, he made the jump to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, playing until 1976. 

In 2005, he returned to the Riders as the first full-time president and CEO, retiring in March 2015. Mr. Hopson helped secure and plan the new Mosaic Stadium that opened in 2017.

Mr. Hopson began his professional career as a teacher in Ceylon, Saskatchewan. He retired as the director of education for the Qu'Appelle Valley School Division in 2004.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education (with distinction) from the University of Regina 
  • Master of Education from the University of Oregon

Awards and Accolades

  • Named to the Globe and Mail’s Power 50 list of Canadian sports figures
  • Awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal 
  • Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's most influential men by Saskatchewan Business Magazine
  • Received the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award (2014)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of Regina Alumni Association (2015)
  • Inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honour (2018)
  • Inducted into The Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2019)

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