Jim Coulson, CRM, FAI, has been awarded the prestigious Emmett Leahy Award by the Institute of Certified Records Managers for his distinguished achievements in and contributions to the profession of records and information management. The Leahy Award, considered to be the highest award internationally in records and information management, was presented at the ICRM's Annual Meeting during ARMA International's 1997 Annual Conference in Chicago.
A native of Canada, Coulson's exceptional 27-year career in records and information management began in 1971 at Canada Permanent Trust in Toronto, Ontario, where his efforts led to that organization's records management program being recognized as one of that country's premier programs. He then joined Datafile Limited of Canada and was a major influence in Datafile's emergence as a leading manufacturer and vendor of color-coded and computer-augmented lateral filing systems. His initial work with Don Barber, CRM, and a team of software and hardware engineers led to the development of the first viable OCR/bar-coding file tracking software in North America. The work eventually culminated with the development of the first full-featured automated records management software in Canada and that became a de facto industry standard for automated records management software functionality. When he moved to the United States in 1987 as Vice President for Marketing at Wright Line, following Datafile's acquisition by that company, he oversaw a complete retraining program for that organization's international sales force. Currently Coulson is President of the Records Improvement Institute based in Westboro, Massachusetts.
Coulson's work with the Special Committee on Records Retention (SCORR) led to clarification of Canadian regulatory requirements and statutes for records retention and resulted in publication of the first detailed Records Retention Requirements in Canada. …