A native of Vancouver, B.C., Farris brings a depth of business expertise and passion for hockey to the Stars. Farris was the president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Canada, one of 21 Schedule I banks in Canada. Prior to his tenure in financial services, he spent 10 years in the software industry as an executive with Fincentric Corporation and with MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates. A multi-dimensional professional, Farris also founded the publishing company, circaNow Media and has authored and published five hockey books: Texas on Ice: Early Strides to Pro Hockey (2016), Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built (2011) which was hailed as "the most important hockey book in over a decade"; Hail Cesare: Trail through the NHL (2006) about Stars' franchise legendary goalie, Cesare Maniago; a national best-seller in Canada, Hockey Play-by-Play: Around the NHL with Jim Robson (2005) and its encore edition, Hockey Play-by-Play: Canuck Captains with Jim Robson (2010).
Farris holds a master of science in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass. He also holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of science in physics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has been a member of the Society for International Hockey Research since 1995 and is a contributor to Total NHL as well as the annual NHL Official Guide and Record Book.
Farris is never far from the rink. For years he was a Hockey Canada official, having refereed and lined hundreds of minor hockey games. Though he grew up between the pipes, he can now be found playing in local men's league games as a centerman or right winger.
Jason and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Jane and Owen, and they reside in University Park, Texas.