Flynn James

James Flynn

Founder, Code NL | Online Editor, The Varsity

Name:James Flynn
Address:Toronto, ON


June 2014 - present

Code NL


Code NL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving computer programming education in Newfoundland and Labrador. As Founder, I am responsible for:
– Meeting with government officials, including the Deputy Minister of Education and Leader of the Official Opposition, to advocate for policy changes.
– Organizing coding boot camps for young people in Newfoundland and Labrador.
– Organizing monthly speaker events featuring technology professionals.
– Managing the organization’s communication and recruiting efforts.

May 2015 - present

The Varsity

Managing Online Editor

The Varsity is the largest student newspaper in Canada, with a circulation of 20,000. As Managing Online Editor, I am responsible for:

-Managing the paper’s social media presence, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
-Managing the paper’s Video Editor and Web Developer.
-Uploading content to the paper’s website.
-Placing advertisements on the website and liaising with the paper’s Advertising Executives.

May 2014 - April 2015

The Varsity

News Editor

The Varsity is the largest student newspaper in Canada, with a circulation of 20,000. As News Editor, I was responsible for:
– Managing a team of 30 student journalists.
– Interviewing prominent Canadians, including Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair and University of Toronto President Meric Gertler.
– Facilitating meetings, assigning stories, and editing.
– Constantly interact with student journalists, through extracurricular fairs and social media, to increase the size of the news team.

June 2014 - July 2014

Program Assistant

Program Assistant

Shad Valley is a four week summer enrichment program, where the country’s top high school students spend a month living in residence and exploring STEM subjects at university campuses across Canada. Program Assistants assist the Program Director with their duties. These duties included:
-Hosting seminars on investing in publicly-issued securities.
-Playing an advisory role in the creation of an entrepreneurial venture.
-Living in residence and providing a support role for students.
-Maintaining clear channels of communication among students, and between students and faculty.

May 2013 - August 2013

The Walt Disney Company

Character Attendant

During the International College Program, I was based out of Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. My responsibilities included:
-Accompanying Character Performers during meet and greets.
-Ensuring the safety and show quality of performers.
-Assisting Guests with requests.
-Answering Guest questions and providing information.
-Participating in regular company-mandated customer excellence training.

May 2012 - August 2012

Future Shop

Sales Associate

I was a Sales Associate with Future Shop, one of the largest electronics retailers in Canada. I worked with a team of 9 associates in the Home Office department. My responsibilities were:
-Selling services and products on commission in an effective manner.
-Understanding recent information technology trends.
-Working with a team of associates to reach sales targets.
-Participating in regular company-mandated customer excellence training.


September 2011 - present

University of Toronto

Honours Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Political Science

I am currently studying at the University of Toronto, where I am a Dean’s List Scholar, on a full scholarship.

I participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including:
-Volunteer high school tutor at Arts and Science Students’ Union.
-Compliance Analyst at the G8 and G20 Research Groups.
-Ballroom Dance.
-Latin Dance.

August 2011 - present

Canadian Securities Course


I successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course, a baseline regulatory requirement to perform securities and mutual fund transactions in many financial services positions.


September 2011 - present

University of Toronto National Scholarship–$50,000

The Bank of Montreal University of Toronto National Scholarship is the University of Toronto’s top scholarship. It is awarded to the top graduating secondary school students from across Canada who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context.

CBC News

CBC News

CBC Radio

CBC Radio



Globe and Mail

Globe and Mail

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2015 May
Abdullah Shihipar, President, Arts and Science Students' Union – University of Toronto

James Flynn is an accomplished individual and a great person to boot. I have had the pleasure of working with him this past year and have seen first hand, his expertise and talent. As editor of the News section of The Varsity, he transformed the section for the better and has founded his own non for profit organization in Newfoundland. I have the confidence that he will find great success in whatever he does.

2012 February
Maxwell Brodie, Cofounder, Kaizena and Kira Talent

There are few people who can balance incredible ability with incredible humility; there are fewer still with incredible work ethic and abundant curiosity. I count myself among the privileged to have the opportunity to work with James Flynn. Congratulations James – you’re an exception to the rule, a beacon in the fog. You are one capable of changing our world for the better, and I have great confidence you will.

Contact info
AddressToronto, ON

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