2021 -2022 ECMA Board Announcements

2021 -2022 ECMA Board Announcements

Following the East Coast Music Association Inc. Annual General meeting held November 24, 2021 the Board of Directors is pleased to announce two new elected board members as follows:

  • Newfoundland & Labrador: Nigel Jenkins
  • New Brunswick: Kate Butler

The full 2021 - 2022 ECMA Board is as follows:


  • Chair: Debbie Mullins (CB elected)
  • Vice-Chair (Operations): Jim Power, (Governance, HR and Finance) (Appointed PEI)
  • Vice-Chair (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*): Delvina Bernard (Awards & Stages, African-Canadian Music Committee**) (NS elected)
  • Treasurer: Shannon Parlee (Appointed NB)
  • Secretary: Nikki Waite Music (PEI Appointed PEI)


  • Patricia Bourque (Aboriginal Sub-Committee) (PEI elected) :
  • John Ellingbo (CBMic Appointed)
  • Trevor Murphy ( Francophone Sub-Committee) (MusicNS Appointed)
  • Mary-Beth Waldram (MusicNL Appointed)
  • Nigel Jenkins (NL elected)
  • Eva George, (MusicNB Appointed)
  • Kate Butler; (NB elected)
  • Chris Marr (NB Appointed)

*Authorities and Responsibilities of the Vice-Chair of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The Vice-Chair of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility will be responsible for ensuring the Corporation strives to serve the needs and interests of historically underrepresented equity deserving groups, including: Indigenous Peoples, People of African descent, Canadians from racialized/visible minority communities, Francophones, Canadians of diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, abilities and disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and ages.

**Mandate of the African Canadian Music Committee

The African Canadian Music Committee (the “ACMC”) is established to and responsible for addressing issues of access, engagement and development, and identifying opportunities within the works of the ECMA for African Canadian music creators and industry professionals. The ACMC is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Directors of the ECMA with respect to the creation of conditions for long-term success of African Canadian music creators and industry professionals by breaking down racial barriers and anti-Black Racism in the East Coast music community. The ACMC is further responsible for providing advice and guidance to the ECMA on policies, programs and services that strengthens awareness, analysis and action on strategies to facilitate equity, inclusion, and purposeful participation of African Canadian music creators and industry professionals in the East Coast music community.

Thank You - Dean Stairs, outgoing Chair

The Board and staff of the ECMA would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication Dean Stairs brought to the association over an eleven year period, first as a board member then as Chair since 2015. Under Dean's leadership, the association was able to navigate through difficult financial times, as well as an unprecedented global pandemic. He worked, and continues to work, tirelessly to support the membership and the East Coast music he loves. We wish Dean every success for the future and thank him once again for his unending support.

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