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emily mills

biography

Emily Mills is passionate about her career in media and communications. Through her work and volunteerism, she has contributed to exciting projects and events related to cultural diversity, youth and the music industry for over a decade.

 Media and communications:

  • currently senior communications officer at CBC, helping Canada's national public broadcaster connect with local audiences and diverse communities
     
  • previously, the media relations and communications specialist for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), an organization that works to better include skilled immigrants into the local labour market
     
  • past assistant diversity producer at CTV News, supporting the network's efforts to better reflect the diversity of Toronto by broadcasting stories about people of various ethnicities, faiths, abilities and sexual identities

Music and the arts:

  • former freelance music journalist - interviews with R&B and hip hop stars including Mary J. Blige, K'naan, Jill Scott, Kardinal Offishall, Boyz II Men  and Lil X, and in-depth coverage of major events from the East Coast Music Awards to the Essence Music Festival
     
  • worked behind the scenes at many signature events in the city from the MuchMusic Video Awards to Honey Jam
     
  • former marketing coordinator for the Urban Music Association of Canada, a national industry organization

Community involvement:

  • founded the Northern Secondary School Triumph Award in 1999, which offers an annual bursary to a graduating high school student who has overcome personal hardships
     
  • volunteers with projects that benefit Caribbean and African-Canadian youth and coordinated a summer drop-in for young women in Parkdale
     
  • ongoing organizer of networking receptions and grassroots fundraisers
     
  • frequent public speaker and MC for events across the city - from Hart House to Harbourfront Centre - and has been a facilitator for media workshops in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax
     
  • served on the executive board of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists and has strong relationships with ethnic media

Awards and honours:

  • profiled in Luminato's Mille Femmes, a photo tribute to 1,000 artistic, creative and inspiring women from Toronto
     
  • presented with the 2003 Canadian National Griot Award alongside recipients Austin Clark and Jarome Iginla

Education:

  • Bachelor of Journalism degree (Ryerson University) 
     
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in music (York University)
     
  • completing part-time studies towards public relations certificate (Ryerson University)