Michel Tremblay is a strategic visionary and consummate deal maker operating at the most senior levels of the Canadian media landscape, whose greatest satisfaction derives from delivering value to the organizations he helps transform. In a career spanning 30 years in both the public and private sector, Michel has advanced an innovation agenda through keen foresight, his skill at creating opportunities, and a demonstrated ability to act decisively. He is a proven change-agent who relishes negotiating an expanded reach for GMTFO, and bringing it the attention and opportunity it richly deserves.
Michel obtained the Chartered Director designation from the Directors College (a joint enterprise of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada) and pursued his MBA at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) à Montréal, and the Université of Ottawa. He also holds a B.A. in Communications from Concordia University.
Michel began his career as a programming executive in the cable industry, and was in turn as Senior policy analyst for the Department of Canadian Heritage, and was Director of Television Policy at the CRTC. He served for almost a decade as Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, before spending 14 years as Senior Vice-president, Corporate Planning and Business Partnerships at the CBC.
The appearance of the Sirius satellite radio streaming service shook up the North American media market, and Michel was integral in bringing the service to Canada. He negotiated an ownership deal for the CBC, as well as the subsequent Sirius merger with XM Radio and eventual public listing.
As Vice-President, Corporate strategies for Groupe Média TFO, Michel works closely with CEO Glenn O’Farrell and the senior leadership at the strategic enterprise level. Recently, he played a central role in obtaining GMTFO’s license renewal from the CRTC, and in securing a prestigious distribution agreement with PBS – one of the premier platforms for educational content globally. He is continuously developing inroads into new markets for GMTFO’s award-wining digital content internationally as well as with high profile partners here at home. He enjoys the nimble, dynamic and innovative organizational DNA that is GMTFO.
Michel is a passionate promotor of the richness and contribution of French language and culture in Canada. He is Chair of the Alliance Française de la Région de la Capitale Nationale, and is also a director of the non-profit Fondation Musicaction, which is devoted to the development and financing of the recording industry for French artists in Canada.
Michel is married, with family.