James B. Wood has been a member of the International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC since September 1979, first joining the Motion Picture Studio Production Local 873 as a grip and then the International Cinematographers Guild Local 667. Mr. Wood is a second-generation member of the Alliance.
Prior to joining the International on a full-time basis, Mr. Wood served as the Business Agent for IATSE Local 873 in Toronto and was returned to office in eleven consecutive elections. Mr. Wood continues to hold the distinction of being the longest-serving elected officer in the history of the Local.
In 1995, Mr. Wood was elected as Eleventh International Vice President, becoming the youngest Vice President in the history of the Alliance. Mr. Wood was twice re-elected at International Conventions in 1998 and in 2001, and was appointed Director of Canadian Affairs in 1999.
During their 2002 mid-Summer meeting, the General Executive Board unanimously elected Mr. Wood to fill the vacated position of General Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance. Mr. Wood continues to serve as General Secretary-Treasurer, having been elected, unopposed, at the International’s 66th Quadrennial Convention held in Orlando, Florida in July 2009, and again re-elected unopposed at both the 67th Quadrennial Convention held in Boston in July 2013 and the 68th Quadrennial Convention held in Hollywood, Florida in July 2017.
Mr. Wood serves as a Labor Trustee for the IATSE National Benefit Funds (comprised of pension, health, welfare, annuity and vacation). Wood also serves as the co-chair of the Administrative and Finance Committees of the Funds.
Mr. Wood graduated from York University in 1985 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.