Jim Mitchell was a founding partner of the policy-consulting firm Sussex Circle (1994-2014). After several years as a university lecturer, he began his government career in 1978 in the Department of Foreign Affairs before moving to the Privy Council Office in 1983. He later served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Board, Personal Policy Branch (1989-1991) and as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government (1991-1994). In the latter capacity, he was responsible for providing advice to successive Secretaries to the Cabinet and Prime Ministers on matters related to the organization of government, the reform and renewal of the Public Service, and a host of other issues related to the workings of government in Canada. As a consultant, Mr. Mitchell provided policy and organizational advice in virtually every area of federal responsibility. He holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado.