James Forrest is the Director of Academic Programs at the Perimeter Institute and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Guelph finishing in 1994. Forrest did post doctoral work at the University of Guelph, and Chalmers University in Goteborg, Sweden before taking up a lectureship at the University of Sheffield U.K. He moved from Sheffield in 2000 to take a faculty position at the University of Waterloo. He was the director of the graduate program at Waterloo from 2005-2010 and was instrumental in the initial development of PSI. Forrest is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2013 was the co-recipient of the Canadian Association of Physics Brockhouse award for condensed matter physics.