A native of Sarnia, Ontario, Jim Driscoll worked tirelessly for over thirty years to develop Judo programmes in Canada. As a participant, he held a Third Degree Black Belt – the Yodan – which was awarded to him in 1979. He started training youngsters in Judo at the Belleville Y.M.C.A. in 1952, and continued the lessons until 1982. In 1978, Jim received the Member of the Order of Canada in Rideau Hall in Ottawa from Governor-General Jules Leger. For seven years he was the Secretary General of Judo Canada serving internationally at Judo conferences in Munich in 1972, in Lausanne in 1973 and in Vienna in 1975. He was a Director of the Canadian Olympic Association during the Olympics in Montreal in 1976.
Until his death in 1982, Jim maintained a keen interest in both Judo and the Y.M.C.A.