Appointments to National Capital Commission

    OTTAWA, May 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments of
Mr. Russell A. Mills, as chair of the 15-member board of directors of the
National Capital Commission (NCC) for a term of five years; and Mr. Jason
Sordi, as a member of the board of directors of the NCC for a term of three
    "I am pleased to announce that Mr. Mills has agreed to become chair of
the NCC. This will ensure consistency in the leadership of the Commission
while the long-term mandate of the NCC is being defined," said Minister
Cannon. "I am also pleased to welcome Mr. Sordi to the NCC's board of
directors. His experience in community and public relations will be a
significant asset to the board."
    Mr. Mills, of St. Thomas, Ontario, holds a bachelor's degree in general
arts and a master's degree in sociology from the University of Western
Ontario, as well as an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton University
for services to the community and the newspaper industry. He was also Nieman
Fellow at Harvard University in 2002-03. He began his career as a reporter
with the London Free Press and the Oshawa Times, where he later became city
editor. He then joined the Ottawa Citizen as copy editor where he held
increasingly senior positions, becoming publisher of the newspaper 15 years
later. Mr. Mills became president of the Southam Newspaper Group in 1989 and
returned to the Ottawa Citizen as publisher in 1992. He is currently executive
dean of the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Mr. Mills is also chair of the board of Opera Lyra Ottawa, vice-chair of the
Ottawa Health Research Institute, chief judge of the Michener Award for public
service journalism and serves on the boards of the Ottawa Symphony, the
Canadian Battlefields Foundation, ABC Canada and the International Press
    Mr. Sordi, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, holds a bachelor of arts with
honors in political science, with a minor in French, from the University of
Toronto. Since 2003, he has been senior account manager, commercial financial
services, for RBC Financial Group. He has also worked as an event planner,
regional project manager and representative for the Canadian Unity Council.
Mr. Sordi is a board member, advocate and fundraiser on behalf of several
community organizations, including the Columbus Centre of Toronto, the
National Congress of Italian Canadians - Toronto District, the Canadian
Italian Business and Professional Association of Toronto, and the Vitanova
    On August 2, 2006, Minister Cannon created the NCC mandate review panel
to assess the continuing relevance of the mandate, mission and activities of
the NCC. The panel submitted its report to the Minister in December 2006, and
has made recommendations that are complex, affecting not only the NCC, but
also other federal government entities and local communities. Legislative
changes such as amendments to the National Capital Act would be necessary to
implement several of these recommendations if approved by the federal
    "Mr. Mills' leadership as chair will be key while the Government of
Canada takes the necessary time to consider the recommendations very
seriously, and provide a timely and thoughtful response to the report," added
Minister Cannon. "Now that the chair has been announced, the process to find a
chief executive officer can begin."
    "This is great news for the future of the National Capital Region," said
the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment. "Mr. Mills' vast
experience and track-record will contribute to enrich the development of
Canada's capital."
    In accordance with the Federal Accountability Act, responsibility for the
chief executive officer (CEO) and chair of the board duties was split into two
separate postions, with the chair as a part-time position. Micheline Dubé was
appointed full-time CEO on April 4, 2007, until a new CEO is appointed.

    The NCC is a Crown corporation that was created by Parliament in 1958 as
the steward of federal lands and buildings in the National Capital Region. The
NCC mandate is to prepare plans for the development, conservation and
improvement of the National Capital Region to reflect its national
significance as the seat of the Government of Canada and to organize, sponsor
and promote public activities and events in the National Capital Region to
enrich the cultural and social fabric of Canada.

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