Jim Rhode is a lifelong Saskatoon resident, business owner, community volunteer and family man.
Family and community are at the core of who Jim is. Together, he and his partner Bonnie have raised seven children right here in Saskatoon.
He is the President of Davis Machine Co., a custom manufacturer, machine and welding shop that has been in Saskatoon for more than 100 years. Jim has been with the company for nearly 40 years and is a proud local employer in Saskatoon. He is also the co-founder of Lead 2 Lean Solutions Inc., a management coaching practice.
In 2007, Jim was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. The incident further instilled in Jim the importance of community and ensuring that the services we count on are available. He has committed to serving on numerous volunteer boards in our health care system since to help support their cause.
Jim served as Chair of both the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority and 3sHealth as well as board member of eHealth Saskatchewan. In these roles he provided strong governance support to leadership teams in challenging times including the decision of, site selection for and construction commencement of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital.
As a 20-year member and Past President of the Canadian Progress Club Saskatoon Downtown, Jim has given much of his time and resources in helping others. As part of the club he is proud of the work that has been done to ensure successful Care & Share Programs to provide Bikes and hot Holiday lunches to inner city school children across the city. During his time the club has been key to the establishment of Farm in the Dell supporting adults with developmental disabilities; continued success of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon; and strong supporter of Special Olympic Athletes locally and nationally. Among several other roles, Jim also served as Board Member and Committee Chair for the Royal University Hospital Foundation, raising funds for our province’s primary trauma and treatment hospital; as well as a key member of the Future in Mind Campaign responsible for funding and build of The Irene & Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health.
Jim hopes to continue serving his community by ensuring that the concerns of local residents are heard at City Hall. After much thought and reflection, on September 16, 2020 he announced his candidacy to represent Ward 7, where he and Bonnie live, in Saskatoon’s municipal election.
“Jim has been a great friend and partner to Care & Share for many years. He has served on the board as well as provided continued support to the Holiday Lunch Program, which feeds thousands of children. Each year, Jim contributes to the program by supplying the juice for 6,000 students. Jim is an engaged citizen and has a clear interest in creating opportunity for at-risk youth. His company, Davis Machine, is the title sponsor of the Bike Safety Program that allows community school students to participate in outdoor learning adventures. As part of the Canadian Progress Club, and the leader of a mentor company to St. Michael School, Jim has served meals to children for the Holiday Lunch Program for over 20 years. Jim’s actions demonstrate a responsiveness to community needs and Care & Share is grateful to have him as a loyal and caring ally.”– Sandi Meldrum, Executive Director Care & Share