Don Mills is currently the President of Crane Cove Holdings Limited, his family investment firm, a partner in Cabco, an IT infrastructure company and Total Marketing & Communications, a Bermuda based company he co-founded. He is the co-founder and former owner and CEO of Corporate Research Associates (now Narrative Research). He continues to be associated with Narrative Research as Chair of the Board and Senior Counsel. He is a regular columnist with both the Saltwire Network and Brunswick News and is published in all daily newspapers and many weeklies across Atlantic Canada, as well as being a frequent media commentator on public affair issues.
Don has been active as a business leader and community activist, serving on more than two dozen boards over his career including among others as a founding board member of the Halifax International Airport Authority, as a member of the boards of Dalhousie University, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, the Halifax Partnership, the IWK Foundation, the YMCA, the Arthritis Society, and United Way. He is currently a Board member with the Canadian Research Insights Council, the Halifax Hurricanes, the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, the New Scotland Clothing/ Brewing Companies and 100 Seeds.
He is recognized as a public opinion expert by various judicial bodies and is a Certified Research Insights Professional. He was recognized as a Fellow in the market research industry in 2008 by the national association, the only Atlantic Canadian to be so recognized. He was chosen as Business Person of the Year in 2001 and as a runner up in 2007 by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Top 100 CEOs Hall of Fame in its inaugural year in 2005 by Atlantic Business Magazine and received a Merit Award from his alma mater, Bishop’s University, in 2009 one of only twenty individuals to be recognized at the time of the award. He was also an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2017. He continues to be passionate about Atlantic Canada and an advocate for change in the region.