The Council

Executives

Shelley Chrest

Shelley Chrest

Vice Chair, Western Canada

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. Shelley has practised as a sole practitioner and as in-house legal counsel, and has also worked in various advisory roles including in employment standards, human rights, and workers’ compensation. She is a mediator, and a member of the ... read more

Miller Ayre

Miller Ayre

Vice Chair, Eastern Canada

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. He is a member of the Order of Canada and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University. He was educated at Prince of Wales College and holds an honours degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master ... read more

Joanne De Laurentiis

Joanne De Laurentiis

Vice Chair

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 representing and advocating on behalf of industry sectors. She is currently President of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Previous positions include President of Credit Union Central of Canada and Interac, among others, and she has served on a number of boards. As an executive, Joanne has excelled in building ... read more

Public Members

John Cochrane

John Cochrane

Public Member

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, a news and information radio station, where he started as an announcer and held management positions for 22 years. He served on many industry and community boards, including the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Western Association of Broadcasters, the Advertising ... read more

Bob Cox

Bob Cox

FP Canadian Newspapers

Bob Cox is publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press and is also responsible for the Brandon Sun, Steinbach Carillon and seven other community newspapers in Manitoba owned by FP Canadian Newspapers. He rejoined the Free Press in 2005 as editor after an earlier stint as a reporter there in the 1980s. He has worked in Canadian newspapers since 1983 when he spent the summer as an intern at The Globe and Mail in Toronto. Journalism has taken him across Canada to posts in Winnipeg, Regina, Ottawa, Edmonton and ... read more

Ann Dillon

Ann Dillon

Public Member

Ann Dillon is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and practised 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. Ms Dillon has been a community volunteer, frequently ... read more

Ray Gerow

Ray Gerow

Public Member

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. He is vice-chair of the board of governors for the College of New Caledonia, a board member of the Northern Sports Centre at the University of Northern BC and the Nechako Kitimaat Development fund, and a former chair of ... read more

George E. Lafond

George E. Lafond

Public Member

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. George has been involved in community development and service in a variety of roles during his professional ... read more

Cheryl Palmer

Cheryl Palmer

Public Member

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, during which time she was an Honorary Assistant at Christ Church, Deer Park. She has ... read more

Professional Members

Michael Bird

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.

Abbas Homayed

Abbas Homayed

Laurentian Publishing Ltd.

As Vice President of Laurentian Publishing Ltd. and Publisher of Northern Life newspaper, Abbas Homayed provides leadership direction to multiple media and events operations that deliver online and print coverage of local, regional and provincial news; promote the growth of local businesses; showcase the efforts of community organizations; and spotlight the contributions of community-minded individuals. He is the President of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. He also served as President of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association from 2008 to 2010. In 1988, ... read more

Tim Shoults

Tim Shoults

Glacier Media

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 a director and past president of the BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association and vice president of the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. He served as a director on the BC Press Council, one of the predecessors of the NNC, from 2009 to 2015 as well as the transition committee establishing the NNC. Tim ... read more

Mary Vallis

Mary Vallis

Toronto Star

Mary Vallis is is Life editor for the Toronto Star. She was previously the newspaper’s Canada editor, deputy city editor and senior editor of digital news. Her career began at the Kitimat Northern Sentinel and Ladysmith Chronicle in BC. After writing for the Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Province, she moved to Toronto as a news reporter for the National Post, where she spent 10 years covering stories in the United States and Canada. She won a National Newspaper Award for her breaking news coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre ... read more

Personnel

John Fraser

John Fraser

President and CEO

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 started his journalism career as a teen-aged copy boy for the Toronto Telegram, and became a noted dance and theatre critic. He has been a columnist, China correspondent, Ottawa bureau chief, national columnist, national editor and London correspondent at The Globe and Mail. He is the recipient of multiple national journalism awards, and ... read more

Pat Perkel

Pat Perkel

Executive Director and Complaints Co-ordinator

Pat was appointed executive director 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. Pat previously dealt with journalists and journalism issues internationally during a term as executive director of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. She also spent 30 years as a freelance journalist in Ontario, reporting for print, ... read more

Brent Jolly

Brent Jolly

Community Manager and Director of Communications

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: bjolly@mediacouncil.ca