Pat Perkel was appointed executive director in January 2016 after working in various capacities with the Ontario Press Council, including as its interim executive director. She is also editor of YourCommonwealth, a website for emerging writers and youth leaders to exchange perspectives on current events and issues. Pat previously dealt with journalists and journalism issues internationally during a term as executive director of the Commonwealth Journalists Association.
She also spent 30 years as a freelance journalist in Ontario, reporting for print, broadcast and the new digital platforms on a dizzying array of stories. She is happy her readers and listeners never let her forget the importance of fair and accurate media, whether national or local.