Commissionaires Nova Scotia (CNS) recently elected two new volunteer Board Governors. Douglas Ruck had his first meeting in September and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Col David Fairbanks in March. Col Fairbanks lent his legal expertise to our Executive, Finance, Governance and Strategic Planning Committees during his seven years with CNS. Our newest Governor, Corinne MacLellan, joined our Board in October. She has replaced LCol Gordon Davis who retired after serving 14 years on the CNS Board, including a two-year term as Board Chair and as Nova Scotia representative on the National Board. He was also Chair of the CNS Strategic Planning and Nominating committees, as well as a member of the other Board Committees. LCol Davis was a strong advocate for including business expertise on our Board.
During his legal career, Doug specialized in labour relations and employment, human rights, occupational health and safety, civil litigation and administrative law. While in private practice he chaired the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Tribunal, the Civil Service Employee Relations Board and was vice-chair of the Labour Relations Board. In 1995, Doug was appointed Ombudsman for Nova Scotia. He promoted the development and implementation of alternative dispute resolution systems throughout government and chaired the Premier’s Task Force on Employment Equity in Nova Scotia. In 2001, Doug was appointed Vice-Chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board. In 2011 he became the first full-time chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board. Doug has shared his time and expertise with a range of volunteer organizations, including the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia and East Preston Day Care. He is currently Chair of the University of King’s College Board of Governors.
Active in the areas of media relations, marketing, communications, corporate community engagement, public affairs and event production since 1994, Corinne MacLellan is the owner and founder of CMC communications. She is also a Communications Principal with Group ATN, an in-Canada representative for Visit Flanders an arm of the Belgian Government, a member of the Board of Governors for the Army Museum and a communications advisor to the Assembly of First Nations, Regional Chief Morley Googoo. Corinne specializes in community outreach, public relations, awareness and media engagement.
Corinne and Doug are both welcome additions to our Board - we are happy to have their exceptional skill-sets and experience on our team!