Todd Russell – President of NunatuKavut
Todd Russell is a native of William's Harbour, a tiny island community on the southeast coast of Labrador. He was compelled to leave his home to pursue his high school diploma at the age of fourteen. Upon completion, Todd attended Memorial University in Corner Brook and St. John's, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Classics.
While pursuing his high school diploma and subsequent to completing his university degree, he worked in the fishery and then an oil tanker for two years before accepting a position as an Employment Counselor with the Atlantic Groundfish Strategy.
Todd launched his political career as Chair of the student council during his years at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus. He was elected to the board of the Labrador Metis Association, now NunatuKavut, in 1992. Two years later he was elected President, a position he held for 11 years. He has also served on a number of national boards.
First elected as the Member of Parliament for Labrador during a by-election in May of 2005, he was re-elected in 2006 and 2008.
Todd has been a strong advocate for aboriginal rights and Labrador at every political level in the country. As a proud member of NunatuKavut, he has a close and intimate connection to the land and its people.
Todd is once again serving as President of NunatuKavut. He was elected in March 2012 for a four year term.