Jim Dinning serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Western Financial Group. As well, he serves as a director on a number of public, private and not for profit boards.
Until December, 2004, Mr. Dinning held the position of executive vice president, TransAlta Corporation. Prior to joining TransAlta in 1997, Mr. Dinning held several key positions during his 11 years as a member of the legislative assembly in Alberta. Of note is Mr. Dinning's service as provincial treasurer from 1992 to 1997.

Mr. Dinning is a graduate of Queen's University with two degrees: a Bachelor of Commerce in 1974 and a Masters in Public Administration in 1977. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2002.

Mr. Dinning is married, has four children and resides in Calgary.