Nicholas Mills

Director, Research


Nicholas plans and carries out socioeconomic research in support of the CMPA’s strategic objectives and, through the CMPA’s annual research plan, gathers business intelligence that contributes to growth and innovation within Canada’s independent production sectors.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Nicholas was director of Digital Media Research at the Banff Centre, where he led collaborative research projects exploring digital innovation in the cultural industries. This was preceded by seven years of professional business consulting experience and contributions to multiple large-scale research projects through the University of Toronto’s Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) and Innovation Policy Lab (IPL), and Ryerson University’s Digital Value Lab.

Nicholas brings firsthand experience in Canada’s media production industry to his role with the CMPA… having set up a lot of pylons as a location assistant and second assistant director in his early twenties. After this, Nicholas studied communications theory, cultural policy, media economics and business innovation on his way to earning degrees in sociology, multimedia studies, and communication and culture from the University of New Brunswick and Ryerson University.

Nicholas is proud to say that several independent CanCon productions rank among his favourite films and shows, including Goin’ Down the Road, Canada Russia ’72 and One Week.