Bill Akerley has spent more than 35 years as a journalist, broadcasting manager and consultant. In 26 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Bill covered major national and international stories including Briklin Auto Manufacturing and the Investors Overseas Syndicate scandal. He anchored CBC Radio’s 8 hour live coverage of a hostage taking on Parliament Hill (Ottawa), a broadcast carried in the USA on ABC Radio.
Born in New Brunswick, Bill studied history, political science and law at St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick, where he managed CHSR-FM, Radio UNB. As a reporter with CHSJ Radio & TV of Saint John, and later with CBC Fredericton, he covered the New Brunswick Legislature. At CBC he established the Corporation’s first bilingual radio and television bureau and managed operations in Sudbury and Montreal. He was manager of CBC Radio News in the Province of Quebec during the first independence referendum in 1980. He has been Executive Assistant to three successive CBC Presidents as well as the Corporation’s Corporate Secretary and Director General, Corporate Secretariat.
As a community volunteer for 12 years, Bill directed Media and Public Relations for the National Capital Air Show in Ottawa. Elements of an emergency management plan he prepared following 2 air show incidents are in use today with the aviation industry.
As a consultant Bill has managed projects for the Ottawa Police Service; worked with the Canadian Police College, a national service of the RCMP; the Canadian Association of Financial Planners; the Town of Perth, Ontario; most Federal Government departments and agencies and many high profile personalities. Bill has also provided management advice to several condominium properties including in the United States, where he worked as a management consultant with Armada Properties Inc., a manager of condominium resorts in south Florida.
Bill is certified by Emergency Management (EMO) as an instructor in emergency planning, management and procedures. As an independent facilitator he has worked coast to coast in Canada. Bill Akerley is as fluent in French as he is in English.