Don James

Leading Jameswood Homes is company owner and founder Don James, a Journeyman Cabinet Maker and Carpenter with nearly four decades of know-how in building everything from fine furniture to the finest of homes. Don's excellent reputation in Calgary dates back to the 1970's. Today, Don is active in all aspects of the home building industry including with industry organizations such as the Renovators Council of BILD - Calgary Region and the RenoMark program.

Don’s hobbies include canoeing, woodturning, reading, skiing, photography, golf and exploring back roads in BC and Alberta.  He is currently teaching woodturning with occasional classes in his shop or at Lee Valley Tools. Many of his pieces have been featured in local exhibitions and the Calgary Stampede.

Don has been a past president of the Calgary Wood Turners Guild and has spent time on the board of SAWS (The Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society). He is married with two grown children.

Below is just a small sample of Don's work as an artist and woodturner:


Jim Lavigne

Operations Manager Jim Lavigne has been with Jameswood since 2011, and brings over 30 years experience in the residential and commercial construction industry in renovations, garages, estimating, project management, and business development. Jim is also heavily active in the local home building industry and currently serves on the BILD Calgary Renovation Advisory Committee.

Jim enjoys spending time in Sundre with his wife, and cheering on the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampeders.

Michael James, CFA

Finance Director Michael James has worked on and off with Jameswood Homes his entire working life, be it earning money during the summers while in school and during time off before attending University, or to gain experience by helping out his parents with various aspects of the business. 

Michael is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management Degree, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has held various roles in the finance industry, most recently as an analyst at a Calgary wealth management firm. He brings a mix of financial and construction experience that complements the expertise of the other Jameswood Homes team members.

Michael's hobbies include snowboarding, guitar, soccer, hockey and investing.

Our Logo

The Stanley Compass Plane, patented on September 25th, 1877, was made for shaping and smoothing curved wood surfaces - doors, window frames and furniture, not to mention oak barrels and wagon wheels.

Practice, patience and talent were needed to master this now rare tool. But in the hands of a skilled craftsman, the results could be exceptional.

This explains why Don James, our President, chose the Compass Plane as the perfect symbol for our company - It represents the uncommon craftsmanship and quality upon which we've built our reputation.