182 John James (Jim) Carney

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               JOHN JAMES (JIM) CARNEY

Producer, Broadcaster, Communications Consultant   

Jim Carney’s career began in Vancouver in 1960 as a producer for CBC-TV (CBUT). He moved to Toronto in 1962 as writer/director on network public affairs series such as “Close-Up“, “Horizon“, “Inquiry” and “This Hour Has Seven Days“.

In 1966 he began a ten-year association with the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal during which he wrote and/or directed a variety of award-winning theatrical shorts, sponsored films and TV documentaries including the “Children of The World” series, a CBC-UNICEF co-production filmed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as development support films for the United States Agency for International Development.

From 1975 to 1987 Mr. Carney worked with the United Nations. In February 1975, on behalf of the National Film Board and the Government of Canada, he was seconded to the United Nations’ Habitat Secretariat in New York as Liaison Producer, to design and implement a program of financial and technical assistance for developing countries in the production of more than two hundred films for the 1976 UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat).

He was then appointed Deputy Director of the United Nations Audio-Visual Information Centre for Human Settlements (Vision Habitat), responsible for the world-wide distribution of the Habitat films, which required the establishment and direction of regional offices and film libraries in appropriate language versions in Amman, Bangkok, Dakar, Geneva, Mexico City and Nairobi. From March 1983 through April 1986 he served in Nairobi, Kenya, as Chief, Division of Information, Audio-Visual and Documentation, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements. In May 1986 he returned to Vancouver as Commissioner-General of the United Nations Pavilion at Expo ’86. He decided to settle permanently in Vancouver and resume his career in film, TV and media- related consulting.

Subsequently, in addition to developing a number of film and TV projects, Mr. Carney served as Chair of the Film and TV Industry sub-committee of the Asia Pacific Project and as a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Motion Picture Association.

For four seasons he hosted  a TV series on the Knowledge Network – “Cross Currents” – presenting one-hour documentaries on a variety of geo-political issues around the world, including the Falkland Islands war, Lebanon, Israel, Africa and the USSR. More recently, he has been associated as writer and editor with the Commonwealth of Learning, an international agency headquartered in Vancouver.

Mr. Carney’s films have won a number of Canadian and international awards at festivals in San Francisco, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, Rome, Columbus, Buenos Aires, Brisbane, Cracow, Prague, Venice and Montreal. In 1987, he received a World Environment Festival Award for his work in public information in the field of human settlements.

In 1995 he received the United Nations Association/Canada Medal of Honour, for having made “an exceptional contribution by a Canadian at the international level and related to the United Nations System”. In 2002, Mr. Carney received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his work as a communications consultant with  the B.C. and Yukon Command of The Royal Canadian Legion.

Mr. Carney holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of British Columbia, followed by graduate courses in international development at UBC, and studies in film and television at Stanford University, California.