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About the Independent Appointments Commission

The Independent Appointments Commission is a legislated independent non-partisan commission comprised of five volunteers appointed by resolution of the House of Assembly.

The Independent Appointments Commission is responsible for providing merit-based recommendations of qualified individuals for appointment to our largest Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

These Agencies, Boards and Commissions deliver important services including health care, k-12 and post-secondary education, and help manage our natural resources. The Independent Appointments Commission believes the merit based process it will use to recommend individuals for the most important governance and executive roles in the province’s Agencies, Boards and Commissions will ultimately improve services to residents.

Members of the Independent Appointments Commission:

Hon. Clyde K. Wells, B.A., LL.B, LL.D (Hon), QC
Clyde Wells has had an extensive legal and political career. A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Mr. Wells built a thriving legal practice before serving as the fifth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1989-1996. Mr. Wells has served as a justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Court of Appeal) and was appointed Chief Justice of the province in 1999, a position he held until 2009. Mr. Wells remained as a supernumerary justice of the appellate court until his full retirement from the bench in November 2012. Mr. Wells now practices as Counsel with Cox & Palmer, where he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Wells will serve as Chair of the Independent Appointments Commission.

M. Zita Cobb
Zita Cobb is Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Shorefast Foundation, which uses a social entrepreneurship model to contribute to cultural and economic resiliency for Fogo Island. Its most significant projects to date are the Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island Shop and Fogo Island Fish. Ms. Cobb has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and has received Honourary Doctorates from Memorial University, Carleton University and McGill University, as well as a Honourary Fellowship from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Dr. Gill Chin Lim Global Award.

Shannie Duff
Shannie Duff served on St. John's City Council from 1997 to 2013 where she served as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor-at-Large. She also briefly served as a member of the House of Assembly. Throughout her municipal career, she has been a strong advocate of developing strong and sustainable communities. Ms. Duff has been a champion for affordable housing, inner city revitalization, heritage conservation and environmental sustainability. Ms. Duff has been inducted into the Order of Canada and Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and received a honourary doctor of laws degree from Memorial University. She has also received the Anne MacLean Award of Excellence by the Canadian Federation of Municipalities

Philip R. Earle
Philip Earle is a business partner and Chief Executive Officer of Air Labrador Limited, an Inuit-owned company. While growing the company, Mr. Earle has placed considerable focus on building human resource capacity by promoting Labrador Inuit to key positions. Mr. Earle’s background is steeped in rural and indigenous communities where he has built strong knowledge and experience through working with aboriginal leaders and understanding their culture and values. Mr. Earle also serves on the Board of Directors of the Air Transport Association of Canada and Destination Labrador.

Derek Young
Derek Young was the Ford franchise dealer for 31 years operating four locations on the province's west coast and in southern Labrador. Mr. Young was the first Chairman of the Ford Motor Company National Roundtable Board consisting of Ford Motor Company and Ford dealer representatives and also served two years as a Director on the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association of Canada and two years as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Dealers Association. Mr. Young received MacLean's magazine's Newfoundland and Labrador Dealer of Excellence Award in 1996. He also served as Chair of the Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation for six years.

The list of tier 1 Entities includes:

Auditor General
Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities
Business Investment Corporation
C.A. Pippy Park Commission
Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Central Regional Integrated Health Authority
Chief Electoral Officer
Child and Youth Advocate
Citizens' Representative
College of the North Atlantic
Commissioner for Legislative Standards
Commissioner of Lobbyists
Consumer Advocate
Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority
Human Rights Commission
Independent Appointments Commission
Labour Relations Board
Labrador - Grenfell Regional Integrated Health Authority
Marble Mountain Development Corporation
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
Multi-Materials Stewardship Board
Nalcor Energy
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro-Electric Corporation
Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission
Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation
NL 911 Bureau Inc.
Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women Newfoundland and Labrador
Public Service Commission
Public Service Pension Plan Corporation
Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
Western Regional Integrated Health Authority
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Review Division
Workplace NL

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