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Celebrity Roast

In support of the Arthritis Society

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March 02, 2022

Halifax Convention Centre
Convention Hall
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS
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The Arthritis Society is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease). Considering the health and safety of our donors, friends and people with arthritis, we have made the decision to postpone the Celebrity Roast until March 2, 2022.

We look forward to having you join us in 2022 for what promises to be wonderful celebration, and the opportunity to send children with arthritis to Camp JoinTogether.

Image of the logo of The Arthritis Society, logo of the Celebrity Roast - presented by RBC and Stewart McKelvey (Lawyers - Advocats)"As a Past Chair of the Arthritis Society and National Board member, as well as someone living with the disease, I am pleased to participate in this year's Roast with my brother Jim. This is an important cause for me personally and I am looking forward to an evening of fun at our expense to support the work of the Arthritis Society." Don Mills

“I’m thrilled to be supporting the Arthritis Society in an event that supports such an important cause. And I’m looking forward to sharing with my brother Don the fun that will be thrown our way by people that are very close to us. This is a significant fundraiser for the Arthritis Society and we both love supporting our community.” Jim Mills

The Roastees

For the 28th annual Celebrity Roast, the Arthritis Society is pleased to ‘roast’ Don Mills and Jim Mills on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Don and Jim will be joining a long list of Halifax community and business leaders who have lent their names to this signature event, helping the one in four Nova Scotians living with the pain and challenges of arthritis.

  • Don Mills

    Photo of Don MillsDon Mills is the co-founder and former owner and CEO of Corporate Research Associates Inc. (now Narrative Research), one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Don continues to be associated with Narrative Research as Chair of the Board and Senior Counsel and is a recognized expert in public opinion in Canada. He continues to be actively engaged in business through investment in a number of private sector companies through Crane Cove Holdings Limited. He recently became a partner in Cabco Communications. He is also a columnist for the Saltwire Network with his “To the Point” column and for Brunswick News with his “On the Edge “column. His columns appear in all major newspapers across the region.

    Don has been active in the community over his career having been on the Boards of nearly two dozen organizations, many in a leadership role, including Dalhousie University, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, the Halifax International Airport Authority, the IWK Foundation, the Halifax Partnership and the Arthritis Society. He currently sits on the Boards of the Canada Research Insights Council, the Halifax Hurricanes, the New Scotland Clothing (and Brewing) Company, 100 Seeds and Atlantic Institute of Market Studies.

    He has been and continues to be an advocate for change across Atlantic Canada especially regarding population growth and immigration.

  • Jim Mills

    Photo of Jim MillsJim Mills is President and CEO of Office Interiors and Chair of Board of Cabco Communications. Office Interiors is an award-winning company providing office furniture and office technology to customers in Atlantic Canada. Launched in 1991, Office Interiors is the largest workplace service provider in the Maritimes.

    Cabco Communications is an integrated technology communications provider focussed on structured cabling, premise security, telephony, Wi-Fi and networking solutions.

    A very active member of the community, Jim is currently President of the Board of Directors of Ashburn Golf Club, Chair of the Board of the Halifax Hurricanes professional basketball team, Chair of the recent Feed NS Capital Campaign, a member of the Capital Campaign for Halifax Hospice, and on the Executive Board of Atlantic Canada Chapter of YPO Gold. 

    In 2006, he was named to the Hall of Fame for Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs.

    Jim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Acadia University (1982) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University (1990).

    Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, he grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia. Jim is the proud father of four children; Matthew, Alexander, Amanda and Mallory. He is married to artist Leilany Garron-Mills.

Celebrity Roast Hall of Fame

Frank Cameron
Fred MacGillivray
Denis Ryan
Jerry Lawrence
Robbie Shaw
Steve Parker
Dale Godsoe, C.M.
John Risley, O.C.
Jim Moir
The Late Charles Keating, O.C.
The Late Paul O’Regan
Sir Graham Day, O.C.
Richard Goldbloom, O.C. and The late Ruth Goldbloom, O.C.
The Late John Savage, O.C.
Jack Flemming, C.M.
Mickey and Colin MacDonald
John Hamm, O.C.
Robert Zed
William Stanish
Robert Steele
Paul Sobey
Stephen Plummer
Kim Mason
Michael Donovan
Jim Spatz
Doug Doucet


2022 Celebrity Roast sponsors

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jone Mitchell at (902) 429-7025 ext. 8230 or
Location Cunard Center

Cunard Centre
961 Marginal Rd.
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

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For more information about the Celebrity Roast Honouring Don and Jim Mills, please contact:

Jone E. Mitchell, CFRE
Executive Director, Atlantic Region
902.429.7025 ext. 8230