Minister Baird Announces Reappointment of the Chair of the National Capital Commission Board of Directors

April 13, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced the reappointment of Russell Andrew Mills as chair of the National Capital Commission (NCC) board of directors.

“Mr. Mills is a respected member of the NCC board of directors,” said Minister Baird. “His exemplary record in serving his community and Canada is a testament to the value he brings to the NCC. I congratulate him on his reappointment.”

The Chair of the NCC board of directors is appointed by the Governor-in-Council at the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to whom the NCC reports. The NCC is responsible for planning and taking part in the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s capital region. It is also responsible for organizing, sponsoring and promoting public activities and events that reflect the country’s heritage and official languages.

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A biographical note follows.

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Biographical Note

Russell Andrew Mills (BA, 1967, University of Western Ontario [UWO]; MA [Sociology] 1968, UWO) was born July 14, 1944, in St. Thomas, Ontario. While at university, Mr. Mills worked as a part-time reporter at the London Free Press from 1964 to 1967. He joined the Oshawa Times as a reporter in 1970 and became city editor later that year. In 1971, Mr. Mills joined the Ottawa Citizen as a copy editor and was subsequently promoted to assistant city editor, night news editor and assistant managing editor. In 1977, Mr. Mills became the Ottawa Citizen’s editor, then was appointed general manager in 1984 and publisher in 1986. Mr. Mills became president of the Southam Newspaper Group in 1989, responsible for all of Southam’s daily and weekly newspapers, and returned to the Ottawa Citizen as publisher in 1992. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University from August 2002 to May 2003, Mr. Mills then joined Algonquin College in August 2003 and is now Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design. Mr. Mills is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Carleton University (June 2002) for services to the community and the newspaper industry, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) for services to Canada. In addition to being chair of the National Capital Commission, Mr. Mills is president of the Michener Awards Foundation for public service journalism, a director of the Canadian Film Institute and of the Canadian Battlefields Foundation and an adjudicator on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.