GLENN O’FARRELL, ICD.D, is a digital-innovation-driving CEO in the Canadian media industry. Glenn doesn’t think outside – he thinks without a box. Glenn embraces the power and value of diversity. He uses new technology, creative partnerships and international reach to transform traditional media into relevant, influential, high-traffic global platforms. Glenn consistently challenges the status quo to improve and grow outcomes for stakeholders.
A native of St-Malachie, Québec, Glenn is a technology enthusiast, runner, amateur singer-songwriter and inveterate fan of the Montréal Canadiens. He studied economics, law, business and corporate governance at St. Francis Xavier University, Université Laval, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University, and at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Glenn is a member of the Québec Bar and Institute of Corporate Directors. He is currently enrolled in a Masters Certificate in Analytics for Leaders at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Glenn is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and contributing thought leader on digital media in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe, China and Africa.
Glenn is committed to strengthening the presence and impact of Canadian creative voices through media. He launched and led local and national media businesses in markets across Canada. As a P&L focused executive, he led business development activities across Canada and internationally, negotiated agreements with copyright collectives, major league sports rights owners and labour unions. Glenn served as CEO & chief Canadian broadcast industry spokesperson on behalf of private radio, television and specialty service companies before government and industry in Canada, and the U.S. In a rapidly consolidating media industry, he forged consensus-building solutions and advocated successful industry-wide regulatory strategies.
Glenn served as Vice-President, Réseau Pathonic TVA, Québec City; General Counsel, Chief Regulatory Officer, Senior Vice-President at CanWest Global, Toronto; President of Global Québec, Montréal, and President & CEO of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Ottawa.
In his current role as CEO of Groupe Média TFO, a public educational media enterprise located in Toronto, Glenn has led TFO’s transformation from a declining, small-scale minority-language community broadcaster to become a leading international digital provider of French language educational content – with an aggregate global audience of several hundred million across an array of innovative media platforms. Under his leadership, TFO developed and launched cathartic digital initiatives including, industry-leading, immersive virtual reality production studios to create new digital generations of educational content. In its dynamic new form,TFO has become an international educational content distributor/exporter through multiple new deals with video streaming services, including with PBS across the U.S. Throughout, Glenn’s overall strategy has focused on constantly breaking new ground in digital learning, in step with evolving media consumption patterns. As well as leading TFO as its CEO, Glenn has also served as Executive Producer of television series and award-winning educational digital content series.
Glenn has served on numerous company boards of directors as well as not-for-profit corporations including the Planning Board for a French-language University in Ontario, the Vanier Institute of the Family, TV5 Québec-Canada, Canal Savoir, the National Theatre School of Canada and Ashbury College, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Fondation du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL), the Jeffrey Hale Foundation and the Théâtre du Bois-de-Coulonge,.
Glenn is married to Teri Kirk. They have two daughters, Devon and Morgan-Alexie.