Don Mills, Chairman & CEO

As Chairman and CEO, and Co-founder of Corporate Research Associates, Don is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research professionals with over 34 years in the industry. 

He is a qualified expert witness in the field of public opinion and market research and has appeared before numerous boards, commissions and judicial courts, including the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.  Don is frequently a guest commentator on radio and television on public opinion issues.

Supporting the Industry

Actively involved in the research industry, Don was the founding President of the Marketing Research & Intelligence Association (MRIA). He was Past President of the Canadian Association of Marketing Research Organizations (CAMRO) and was a member of the national Board of the Professional Marketing Research Society (PMRS). Don was also the Chair of the 2005 National MRIA Conference in Halifax.  Currently he is a member of the MRIA Operations Committee.

Community Involvement

Don has been active in the community throughout his career and has served in a variety of Boards including the Halifax International Airport Authority, the YMCA, Dalhousie University, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce (Founding President), the Greater Halifax Partnership (Past Chair), Ashburn Golf Club, the United Way, the Canadian Parents for French, the Help Line, and the Arthritis Society.  He is currently Chair of Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame; Lead Ambassador for the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute; Board Member of Laing House and the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS); and Advisory Committee Member of Uniterra and NovaKnowledge, member of the Board of Trustees for the YMCA; as well as member of the Board of Directors for the Office Interiors Group, Poly Cello, and Total Marketing and Communications Ltd. (Bermuda).


Don was inducted into the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame in its inaugural year in 2005. As well he was selected 2001 Business Person of the Year in Metro Halifax by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and was runner-up in 2006. In 2009, Don was named Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association of Canada (FMRIA) and has received the Bishop’s University Award of Merit in 2009, one of only 20 to ever receive this award.

 Corporate Research Associates has been named one of three companies who have been selected one of The Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada by Progress for each of the past sixyears (since the inception of this program).  CRA has also received the 2011 Psychologically Health Workplace Award for Excellence in Employee Involvement and Communication presented by the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, Saint Mary’s University, and the CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. 

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