CNRIE was founded in 1986 by independent newspaper publishers in Ontario due to skyrocketing insurance costs. At the time, the government of Ontario was promoting the formation of reciprocal insurance exchanges in order to combat those increasing costs. CNRIE's mandate was, and remains, to provide libel and other coverage related to publications at an affordable rate with low deductible options.

Driven by the demand for its service, CNRIE eventually became licensed in most provinces and territories across the country. It also expanded its insurance offering to other types of publications besides newspapers. After significant membership growth in the 1990s, CNRIE began to offer a "pre-clearance" service, in which members could call on the organization's lawyers to review and give advice on material before it was to be published. In more recent years, CNRIE has expanded available coverage to include the web-based versions of hard copy publications, and stand-alone websites.

Today, CNRIE insures over 160 publications across the country.

Advisory Board & Staff

PRESIDENT - Jeffrey Morris, Publisher, Morris Group

TREASURER - John Hueston, Publisher, Aylmer Express

DIRECTOR - Anne Marie Creskey, Publisher, Ottawa Hill Times

DIRECTOR - Alicia McCutcheon, Editor, Manitoulin Expositor

DIRECTOR - Gerald Tracey, Publisher, Eganville Leader

ACCOUNTANT - Lucia Shepherd

Legal Team


Daniel P. Carroll - Field LLP
2000 Oxford Tower, 10235 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J-3G1
Tel (780) 423-3003 Fax (780) 428-9329


David G. Coles - Boyne Clarke Lawyers LLP
99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, NS B3A-4S5Z5
Tel (902) 469-9500 Fax (902) 463-7500


David Sutherland - David F. Sutherland & Associates
2000 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC V5T-2W7
Tel (604) 737-8711 Fax (604) 737-8655


Bob Sokalski - Hill, Sokalski, Walsh, Olson LLP
2670 - 360 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R3C-3Z3
Tel (204) 943-6470 Fax (204) 943-3934


Stuart M. Robertson - O'Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo
20 Richmond St. East, Suite 600, Toronto, ON M5C 2R9
Tel (416) 214-0606 Fax (416) 214-0605


Mark Bantey - Gowlings WLG (Canada) LLP
3700 - 1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QB H3B-3P4
Tel (514) 878-9641 Fax (514) 878-1450


Bob Sokalski - Hill, Sokalski, Walsh, Olson LLP
2670 - 360 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R3C-3Z3
Tel (204) 943-6470 Fax (204) 943-3934