Glenn O’Farrell

«Uses the power of new technology, creative partnerships and international reach to transform traditional broadcasters into relevant, influential, high-traffic global platforms.»

Bio Notes

GLENN O’FARRELL, ICD.D, is a digital-innovation-driving CEO in the Canadian media industry. Glenn doesnt 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 TFOs 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, Glenns 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.

Glenn O'Farrell's Achievements

INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON DIGITAL ECONOMY - YAOUNDÉ, CAMEROON

LECTURER - MAY 2017

Yaoundé’s forum highlights the significant economic and sociocultural impact of today’s digital world. Presented by a panel of renowned lecturers actively contributing to the digital development, the conference is an essential step towards the emergence of digital technologies in Cameroon.

China International Cartoon & Animation Festival (CICAF)

LECTURER - APRIL 2017

China organized its 13th International Cartoon Festival & Animation (CICAF) in 2017. The event was held in Hangzhou, China, from April 26 to 28 . More than 100 broadcasters, platforms, distributors and investors gathered around a common passion.

CULTURE AND DIGITAL FORUM - SHAWINIGAN, QUEBEC, CANADA

LECTURER - MARCH 2017

Shawinigan’s culture and digital forum is an opportunity for Québec’s cultural industry decision-makers and influencers to talk, among other things, about great challenges related to digital technologies and the impact on cultural businesses.

KIDSCREEN SUMMIT - MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES

LECTURER - FEBRUARY 2017

Kidscreen is an annual event with more than 1 800 attendees who come together to explore new horizons regarding children’s entertainment. The industry’s most important decision-makers and influencers engage in a constructive dialogue through networking and by finding new ideas to propel their activities forward.

FINDING A WAY FORWARD: THE CHANGING WAYS CANADIANS GET THEIR NEWS - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

LECTURER - JANUARY 2017

This large-scale event gathers experts from the media industry to discuss «The changing ways Canadians gets their news».

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DES PROGRAMMES AUDIOVISUELS - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

LECTURER - JANUARY 2017

The panel presented by the festival discusses educational platforms, especially «Matching new technologies to new educational requirements».

CARTOON CONNECTION - QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA

LECTURER - 2014/2016

Created in 1990, Cartoon Forum is a unique event focused on pitching shortlisted television projects where animation producers can find cross-border partners and accelerate their financial arrangements.

LES TABLETTISTES - ONTARIO, CANADA

LECTURER 2012/2014/2015/2016/2017

Les Tablettistes is a space to explore and discuss the challenges and opportunities of today’s and tomorrow’s digital learning world. This single day bilingual conference gathers youths, experts, innovators and visionaries from the education, technologies and media fields to think about the future of digital learning.

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM OF THE AMERICAS - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

LECTURER - SEPTEMBER 2016

The Toronto Global Forum is an International Economic Forum of the Americas conference bringing together heads of state, central bank governors, ministers and international economic decision-makers to promote discussion about national and international issues. The Forum also offers unique and exclusive business meeting opportunities to promote partnerships between big Canadian and international corporations.

FORUM D'AVIGNON - BORDEAUX, FRANCE

LECTURER - MARCH 2016

The Avignon Forum is an annual opportunity for cultural and creative professions to meet and talk around a laboratory of ideas serving culture and discuss with the financial and digital fields.

CONTENT INDUSTRY CONNECT CONFERENCE - TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

LECTURER - MARCH 2016

Presented annually by Banff World Media Festival, the Content Industry Connect Conference is an exclusive market created to connect producers, broadcasters, distributors, content creators and the cinema, television, publicity and digital media industry leaders. The action packed day brings together key leaders within scenarios, reality, digital content, publicity and children entertainment.

CMPA PRIME TIME CONFERENCE - OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA

LECTURER - FEBRUARY 2016

The CMPA’s Prime Time Conference in Ottawa is a national networking event aimed at approximately 600 of the most important business leaders in Canada from the cinema, television, interactive media, radio broadcasting and telecommunication industries.

Skills of Glenn O'Farrell

Glenn is renowned for its extensive experience in the media sector, the development and launch of new conventional and specialty programming services, the merger / integration of media companies, the establishment of sector-wide regulatory strategies And the development of strategic reorganizations.

Digital Media at 100%
Broadcasting and production at 100%
Television at 100%
Digital Innovation at 100%

More information on the strategic positioning of Groupe Média TFO

Our growing educational impact and further potential across Canada is equally compelling. As a provider of content for French-speaking minority communities and learning audiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast, Groupe Média TFO can become an enabling DIGITAL, EDUCATIONAL and FRANCOPHONE catalyst.