About

Adventurer, World Traveller, Blogger, Community Developer, Entrepreneur, Leader and Lover of All Things Rural!

Live Rural NL

Shares experiences relating to rural life and culture, with emphasis placed on my home, the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada. Our website will continue to tell stories of traditions, heritage, art, people, business and local landscapes, while promoting our travel and tourism industry.

About the Author

Christopher Mitchelmore of Green Island Cove founded Live Rural NL as a blog in 2010 out of a passion for sharing the Great Northern Peninsula and rural life in Newfoundland and Labrador with the world.

My grandfather Mitchelmore was the natural storyteller in the family. I’m doing my best to carry on his talent through this website by sharing the uniqueness of growing up and living in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

At 16 years old, I started my own business in Flower’s Island Museum. This led to mentoring other youth to start-up small business and pursuing a business degree. These pursuits led to international work, study and travel. My love for travel has taken me to more than 70 countries, every part of Canada and all of the more than 700 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2011, I was elected to represent the people of The Straits-White North as the youngest in the Legislative Assembly at age 25. I was re-elected in 2015 and appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development. I was re-elected in 2019 and announced in 2020, I would not seek re-election for public office after serving three terms.

I’m excited for new opportunities and applying my experiences, education and interests in new ways.

Experience

Member of the House of Assembly (MHA), Government of Newfoundland & Labrador (NL)
(2011-2021)
Representative for the Great Northern Peninsula, serving the people of The Straits-White Bay North from 2011-2015 and St. Barbe-L’anse aux Meadows from 2015-2021.

Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour; Responsible for Office of Immigration and Multi-culturalism with Government of NL
(2019-2020)

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Government of NL
(2018 – 2020)

Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, Government of NL
(2015-2019)

Minister Responsible for Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, Government of NL
(2015-2017)

Client Services Officer, Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Nortip
(2009-2011)
Also served as Youth Ventures Coordinator in 2005 and 2008

Technical Examinations Coordinator, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
(2008-2009)

Credit Controller, London Offshore Consultants (LOC) UK Group, London, UK
(2007)

Compliance Auditor, NL Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities
(2006)

Getting Message Out Intern, Government of NL
(2006)

Owner and Operator of Flower’s Island Museum and Miniature Golf, Nameless Cove
(2002-2005)

Education

Bachelor of Commerce (Coop). Hons. degree, Memorial Univeristy of NL
(2008)
International study experience at Harlow Campus, Memorial University, UK (2007) and University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic (2007)

Volunteerism & Memberships

  • Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic at Labrador Grenfell Health, Volunteer, 2021-Present
  • Grenfell Foundation, Chairperson, 2021-Present
  • East Coast Trail Association, Member, 2020-Present
  • Live Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Blog, 2010-Present
  • Straits-St. Barbe Chronic Care Corporation, Vice-President, 2009-2011
  • Nordic Economic Development Corporation, Director, 2010-2011
  • Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, Regional Chair, 2010-2011
  • Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Director, 2010-2011
  • Emerging Leaders, Co-Chair, 2008-2011
  • Admiralty House Museum & Archives, Director, 2006-2008

Interests

 Travel (visited 70+ countries, every province and territory in Canada and all
communities in Newfoundland and Labrador).
 Hiking (completed hundreds of trails, including the Grand Concourse and many
sections of the East Coast Trail).
 Photography