Nicholas Mills is responsible for CMPA's annual research priorities in support of the organization’s strategic goals.
A champion of the study and application of strategies for growth and innovation within Canada’s cultural industries, Nicholas has over seven years of professional consulting experience through which he has led research in support of economic development, business innovation, and organizational growth for public sector departments and cultural industry organizations. Previously, as the Director, Digital Media Research at The Banff Centre, Nicholas led applied research initiatives that explored the innovative possibilities that digital technologies and commercialization strategies hold for media content and cultural industry entrepreneurs. He also accumulated extensive expertise investigating industry innovation as a researcher with the University of Toronto-based Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) and Innovation Policy Lab (IPL), and Ryerson University’s Digital Value Lab. As a university lecturer and course mentor, Nicholas has taught communications theory and business innovation through a number of courses at Mount Saint Vincent University and in Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Entrepreneurship and MBA programs.
Nicholas brings first-hand experience in Canada’s media production sector to his role with the CMPA. Through his digital media company, Trifecta Productions, he created interactive media content for a variety of clientele and received both provincial and national filmmaking grants for his short- and feature-length film projects. He also setup a lot of pylons as a Location Assistant and 2nd Assistant Director.
Nicholas earned a BA with Honors in Sociology, a Major in Multimedia Studies, and a Film Production Diploma from the University of New Brunswick; graduated summa cum laude with a MA in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University/York University; and, as a PhD candidate at Ryerson University, he received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Cultural Studies and has twice been awarded the Rogers Doctoral Fellowship in Communication & Culture.