The Council

Executives

John Fraser

John Fraser

Executive chair

John Fraser, is the NNC’s executive chair. Until April 2018, he served as the founding president and CEO of the National NewsMedia Council. He 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 …

Miller Ayre

Miller Ayre

Vice Chair, Eastern Canada - Public Member

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 …

Ray Gerow

Ray Gerow

Vice Chair, Western Canada - Public Member

Ray Gerow is a former member of the B.C. 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 B.C. and the Nechako Kitimaat Development fund, and a former chair of …

Public Members

Anita Vergis

Anita Vergis

Public Member

Anita Vergis is a lawyer and a mediator.  Anita was a partner in a downtown Vancouver law firm prior to opening her own dispute resolution business providing mediators (to settle disputes), arbitrators (to rule on disputes) and custom dispute resolution design.  Currently Anita practices in the area of class action/mass tort law.  Anita has had the privilege of being counsel on several class actions including Zimmer Durom hip implant, hormone replacement therapy and Fosamax.  Most recently Anita has worked on …

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 …

Joanne De Laurentiis

Joanne De Laurentiis

Public Member

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 …

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 …

Cheryl Palmer

Cheryl Palmer

Public Member

The Rev. Canon Cheryl Palmer is currently the rector of Christ Church, Deer Park (Anglican) in Toronto. Prior to that, she has served as Director of Cemetery Ministries for St.John’s Norway in Toronto, and was rector of 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 also served …

Ken Sims

Ken Sims

Public Member

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, the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. In Atlantic Canada, he has served the industry as Chair, President and Treasurer of the Atlantic Community Newspapers Association. He has twice received the President’s award for dedication to …

Professional Members

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 …

Doug Cudmore

Doug Cudmore

The Toronto Star

Doug Cudmore is a senior editor at the Toronto Star, overseeing a wide range of files, including business, justice, science and immigration. A Ryerson journalism graduate, he has held a variety of newsroom management roles at the Star, including Business Editor, Deputy City Editor, and Entertainment Editor. He previously worked at The Globe & Mail.

Jeff Elgie

Jeff Elgie

Village Media

Jeff Elgie is a born and raised entrepreneur. From the age of 15 he has founded, owned and operated businesses in the Information Technology and Digital Communications sectors. In 2013, he retired as the founder and CEO of Lucidia Ltd., the largest Integrated Marketing Communications agency in Northern Ontario and moved on to become the CEO and majority shareholder of Village Media. Village Media now owns and operates daily news sites in six Ontario communities, and partners with publishers in three others.  …

John Racovali

John Racovali

Postmedia

John Racovali is the tablet co-leader with the National Post. He has worked with the Post since 2001 in numerous capacities, including: chief news editor, national editor, assistant managing editor, and homepage editor. He is a previous winner of a William Southam Fellowship at Massey College.

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, …

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

Personnel

Pat Perkel

Pat Perkel

Executive Director and Complaints Co-ordinator

Pat Perkel 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, …

Brent Jolly

Brent Jolly

Director, Communications, Research, and Community Management

Brent Jolly is the director of communications, research, and community management with the National NewsMedia Council of Canada (NNC). Prior to joining the NNC in 2016, Brent worked as a journalist with a variety of news outlets as both a writer and editor. He is a co-author of the recently-released study ‘Good News, Bad News, a snapshot of conditions at small market newspapers in Canada’. He is a national director with the Canadian Association of Journalists, is Canada’s press freedom …