James Hughes

President and CEO, Mission Brewery


James Hughes President and CEO, Mission Brewery and previous Executive Lead, Government and Partner Relations at the J.W. McConnell Foundation. Previously, Hughes served as President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Prior to this, Mr. Hughes was New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development is responsible for a wide range of programs and services in the province including child protection, early childhood development, income assistance, disability support and senior care. Mr. Hughes played a central role in the development of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) through a widely acclaimed citizen engagement process (2008-2009). Before joining the New Brunswick civil service, Mr. Hughes served as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM), Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless men and women. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B. Commerce), University of Cambridge (B.A. Law) and McGill University (B.C.L).


Evaluating Bold Policy Proposals - Income and Consumption
May 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Panel presentations and live discussion with wellbeing research, policy and practice leaders to propose and assess the feasibility of specific bold, cost-effective, evidence-based and impactful policies for wellbeing.
Paul Frijters
Professor of Wellbeing Economics, London School of Economics
Andrew Oswald
Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science, Warwick University.
Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee
Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, IZA Research Fellow
Derek Cook
Director, Canadian Poverty Institute, Ambrose University
Marc Lee
Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Kari Wolanski
Finance Canada
James Hughes
President and CEO, Mission Brewery