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Jamie Canby

Jamie Canby

Owner, IMS Home Inspection

Owner/Inspector Jamie Canby has lived on Whidbey Island for more than 20 years and can’t imagine a better place to call home. That’s why he decided upon home inspection as his encore career — having served 26 years in the military, then 10 years in the private sector and civil service.

Always eager to learn, he decided to embark upon training in home inspection and structural pest inspection, and is licensed by the State of Washington.

He started his military career in a clinical setting as the sole healthcare provider for 300 civilians and 15 Coast Guardsmen in the Palau archipelago of the Western Caroline Islands. He also worked for RCA / OMS, in the same capacity, 200 miles above the arctic circle at Cape Lisburne, Alaska.

After getting his degree in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University (1984), he entered the U.S. Navy as a Health Care Administrator. He served in a variety of capacities: Radiation Health Officer for the eight nuclear reactor divisions of the USS Enterprise, Medical Clinic Administrator managing fleet support to two Battleships and various surface vessels, Operations Management Officer of a 200 licensed bed hospital and Financial Systems Analyst at Headquarters, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington DC.

LCDR Canby was awarded a Masters of Science in Management with a focus in Financial Management from the U.S. Naval PostGraduate School, Monterey, California in 1994. He retired from the Navy in 1999 having completed his last four years as the Financial Officer for the Naval Hospital at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. He has experience as an Adjunct Professor, for Chapman University College, Northwest Campus in their Organizational Leadership program.

Among his interests are Forest Steward Management (Certificate from WSU, 1999), which he employs in managing his acreage on Whidbey. He is also interested in Leadership Studies, and recently wrote a book, “Loss of Confidence: The Leadership Vacuum in America and How to Fix It,” which is available on

He is active in his South Whidbey Island community, and has served for 17 years on the South Whidbey Mobile Turkey Unit – a hometown grassroots charity that delivers Thanksgiving meals to those who would otherwise go without. He lives with his talented wife, Laura, dog, and two alpacas (Cuzco & Zorro), on their forested property in Clinton.


  • Graduate of Residential Inspection and Technical Training, Olympia, WA, July, 2016 with over 120 classroom credited hours plus 52 hours of infield experience.
  • Masters Degree in Financial Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA


  • Member, Inter-National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)


  • Washington State Home Inspector License #1720
  • Washington State Licensed Structural Pest Inspector #92634
  • Certificate of completion, Washington State University, Forest Stewardship Program (March 1999)


  • Served with South Whidbey Mobile Turkey Unit for 17 years