Jim Hopson joined the SaskPower Board of Directors in 2015.
Football has always been a big part of his life. After high school, he played four 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. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honour in 2019 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.
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.
He has a Bachelor of Education (With Distinction) from the University of Regina and a Master of Education from the University of Oregon.
Mr. Hopson was named to the Globe and Mail’s Power 50 list of Canadian sports figures. He was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s most influential men by Saskatchewan Business Magazine. He received the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award in 2014 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Regina Alumni Association in 2015.
Board and Volunteer Positions
- Director, Canadian Football League Alumni Association
- Chair, U of S Huskies Athletics Board
- Member, Board of Directors, Regina Exhibition Association Limited