The Council



Shelley ChrestChair: Shelley Chrest

Shelley Chrest is a former director and chair of the BC Press Council. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. Read more »


Miller pixVice Chair, Eastern Canada: Miller Ayre

Miller Ayre is President of Mansbord Incorporated, National Vice Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, a director of the Canadian Deafness Research and Training Institute, the Quebec-Labrador Foundation, the Michener Awards Foundation, and the Science Media Centre of Canada. Read more »


JoanneVice Chair, Joanne De Laurentiis

Joanne De Laurentiis is an experienced senior executive and board member with expertise in building, implementing and managing board and organizational governance structures, particularly related to multi-stakeholder financial services organizations. She recently retired from the position of President of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Read more »


Public Members

john18John Cochrane

John Cochrane was a member of the Manitoba Press Council from 2003 to 2011, including six years as Chairman. He was Publisher of The Winnipeg Sun in the mid-1990s. His broadcasting career of 34 years was spent mostly in Winnipeg with CJOB, where he started as an announcer and held management positions for 22 years. Read more »


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Ann Dillon

Ann Dillon is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and practiced corporate law as a partner of two major Toronto law firms for almost 20 years. After a sabbatical in which she raised her four children, she served as a Canadian Citizenship Judge in Vancouver where she participated in a number of national working groups and represented the Citizenship Commission on legal panels relating to citizenship. Read more »


Ray GerowRay Gerow

Ray Gerow is a former member of the BC Press Council. He served six years with the Canadian Armed Forces, including posting during the Gulf War. His work history ranges from construction to management, with extensive experience in economic and community development. Read more »


john18George Lafond

George E. Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake (Treaty 6) Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He was raised in the community by his mother, one of the first women chiefs to hold office in Canada, the late Senator Alpha Lafond, and his father, a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, Albert Lafond, along with his brothers and sisters and extended family. Read more »


Cherly Palmer, Public MemberCheryl Palmer

Cheryl Palmer is presently the Director of Cemetery Ministries at the Anglican Church of St. John’s Norway in the Beach. Prior to joining the staff of St. John’s Norway Cemetery May 2012, The Rev. Canon Cheryl Palmer served at St. Clement’s Anglican Church in North Toronto for sixteen years.  In the previous years Canon Palmer was the Anglican Chaplain at the Hospital For Sick Children. Read more »


Ken SimsKen Sims

Ken Sims has been a senior manager of community and daily newspapers in Canada for nearly 40 years. During this time he has worked in Nova Scotia, PEI, Ontario and Alberta. Ken has been a board member of The Canadian Press, Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and Canadian Community Newspapers Association. Read more »



Professional Members


Michael Bird, Globe and Mail

Michael Bird is Production Editor at The Globe and Mail. Since joining The Globe in 2004, he has held a variety of senior news, presentation and production editor roles in News, Report on Business and Features. He was formerly Design Director of the Ottawa Citizen and Assistant Managing Editor of the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

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Bob CoxBob Cox, FP Canadian Newspapers

Bob Cox is Publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, and also responsible for the Brandon Sun, Steinbach Carillon and seven other community newspapers in Manitoba owned by FP Canadian Newspapers. He currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Newspaper Association. Read more »


Abbas HomayedAbbas Homayed, Laurentian Publishing Ltd.

Abbas Homayed is Vice President of Laurentian Publishing Ltd. and Publisher of Northern Life newspaper, providing leadership to multiple media and events operations that deliver online and print coverage of local, regional and provincial news. He is the President of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association, and served as President of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association from 2008 to 2010. Read more »


Tim Shoults, Glacier MediaSHOULTS_Tim-pic-200x300

Tim Shoults is Vice-President, Content and Audience Development, for Glacier Media, which operates more than 50 weekly, daily and suburban community newspapers across Western Canada. He is President of the BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association and a director of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. Read more »


Mary VallisMary Vallis, Toronto Star

Mary Vallis is Life Editor for the Toronto Star. She was previously the newspaper’s Canada editor, deputy city editor and senior editor of digital news. After writing for the Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Province, she moved to Toronto as a news reporter for the National Post. Read more »





President and CEO: John FraserJohn Fraser 2

John Fraser, President and CEO, is a Canadian journalist, writer and academic. He was editor of Saturday Night magazine from 1987 to 1994, where he pioneered the use of mixed circulation. He is the recipient of multiple national journalism awards, and was chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation until 2008. Read more »


IMG_20160104_164232Executive Director and Complaints Co-ordinator: Pat Perkel

Pat was appointed in January 2016 after working in various capacities with the Ontario Press Council, including as its interim executive director. She is also editor of YourCommonwealth, a website for emerging writers and youth leaders to exchange perspectives on current events and issues. Read more »


Brent JollyCommunity Manager and Director of Communications: Brent Jolly

Brent is a Canadian journalist, who joined the NNC in August 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where he studied as a junior fellow at Massey College. He has a diverse background, having worked on Bay Street, Parliament Hill, universities, and newsrooms alike. His passion for digital media is a welcome addition to the team. You can reach him at:


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