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Maurice Rees

Experience
February 2008 – Present – Self-Employed Small Business Owner
 
In February 2008 purchased The Shoreline Journal, a monthly tabloid newspaper serving West Colchester County from Onslow/Belmont, Wentworth and Londonderry areas to the Cumberland County line along Cobequid Shore. Also operate collectible and antique shop in Maitland.

 
October 2004 – February 2008 – ACNA
 
Since October 2004, worked as a sales contractor to Atlantic Community Newspaper Association (ACNA) to solicit “blanket advertising” on behalf of their 55 member newspapers.

 
February 2004 – Sept. 2004 OMG Atlantic / Advocate Publishing
 
In February 2004 joined Advocate Printing and Publishing dividing my time equally selling advertising for on several publications primarily in New Brunswick and State of Maine; and the Maritime sales representative for OMG Atlantic, a sister company Eastern Canada advertising and recycling company providing 3-stream stainless steel public recycling receptacles.

 
1986 - 2004 Nova Scotia Business Journal
 
With the support of a small group of investors, I created, launched and managed Nova Scotia’s only monthly publication dedicated to business journalism.
My responsibilities included the general management and direction of the company and the publication as well as the specific duties of advertising and circulation management.
In 1987-88, under my direction the company introduced numerous quarterly tabloids covering specific business and industrial sectors including transportation, construction, mining and forestry. The tabloid program was a strategic device to boost readership and advertising and their success helped place NSBJ on a secure footing.
In 1993 the publishing company was sold but, at the request of the new owner, I remained with the NSBJ with marketing and sales responsibilities. Most recently I was Sales Manager then Project Sales Co-ordinator of several business-to-business periodicals published by the owner of the NSBJ supervising several advertising account managers and support staff from offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

 
1984 - 1986 Vice President Marketing and Business
Development, Atlantic Energy News
 
Experience in important oil and gas sector earned in the early years of Nova Scotia’s participation in the “oil patch”.
Early in 1984, I joined Atlantic Energy News, a Dartmouth-based monthly oil and gas sector publication.  I was responsible for the management of marketing and sales activity in Atlantic Canada and Europe and made contributions to advertising sales throughout North America.

 
1970 - 1984 Marketing and Sales Management, Fundy Group
Publications / Cameron Publications
 
Years of success in advertising and contract publishing sales
I joined the Fundy Group Publications to help launch the Digby Mirror, a weekly community newspaper.  After fifteen months, I was transferred to head office in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and began a period of increasing responsibilities in advertising and contract print sales leading to national sales and co-op advertising responsibilities for The Sou”Wester and Farm Focus.
Additional duties included sales, scheduling and customer service for contract printing of flyers and newspaper inserts for major clients including Canadian Tire, K-Mart, Zellers, Shoppers Drug Mart, Dalfens.
In 1980 I was promoted and transferred to Halifax to increase the contract printing sales for the web-offset and sheet-fed presses in Yarmouth and Kentville of Cameron Publishing. As well, I maintained regional and national advertising accounts for the group of publications including the Metro Telecaster, The Sou’Wester, Farm Focus, The Viking and the weekly newspapers in Yarmouth, Digby, Middleton, Kentville, Windsor, Shelburne, and Port Hawkesbury.
 
1963 - 1969 Apprentice and Printer’s Devil to Reporter,
Woodstock Bugle, Woodstock, New Brunswick
 
Starting after school and on weekends, I apprenticed at the Woodstock Bugle to the editor and publisher. I did everything from paste-up and production to photography and reporting. After graduation, I joined as a full-time member of the staff and combined editorial duties with circulation and advertising sales.

Interests
  • President of South Maitland Historical Association, which operates  the Tidal Interpretive Centre and Visitor Information Centre.
  •  Shubenacadie Canal Commission – Area Director
  •  Member of W.D. Lawrence Masonic Lodge # 101, Maitland, NS
  •  Saint David’s United Church, Maitland serve on several committees
  • Hants East Liberal Association, Vice President Organization.
  • East Hants Historical Society member and previous president.
  • Volunteered as East Hants Liberal Association, Area Director and Assn Expansion & Development Committee, chair.
  • Worked as Co-chair, East Hants Tourism Association’s “Grow Tourism in East Hants” Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
  • Past Member to the CNTA Board of Directors, representing Hants Regional Development Authority.
  • Maitland Launch Days, Previous Chair
  • Past Member (6 years) to Board of Directors, Hants Regional Development Authority, (Past Chair for Years 1997 and 1998).
  • June 1999 graduate with CED Diploma from Saint Mary’s University and Atlantic CED Institute.
  • May 1998 Graduate with Certificate in CED from Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus
  • Communications consultant / instructor for Nova Scotia Community College at Truro, 1998.
  • Communications consultant / instructor for Atlantic CED Institute courses at a variety of teaching venues for 1999 & 2000.
  • Past member of the Business Equity Investment Committee of the Nova Scotia Economic Renewal Agency.
  • Recognized by the Municipality of East Hants in May 2000 with “Volunteer-of-the Year” Award.