Speaker Glenn O'Farrell

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Glenn O'Farrell


Groupe Media TFO

A native of St. Malachie, Quebec, Glenn O'Farrell studied economics and law. He attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and Universite Laval in Quebec City. He is a member of the Quebec Bar and Canadian Bar Association. He also holds a certificate from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. and he is currently enrolled in the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management. His career in high impact roles in the Canadian media industry spans over 20 years.

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 stakeholders and labour unions.

Glenn served as chief Canadian broadcast industry leader/spokesperson on behalf of private radio, television and specialty service companies before government, industry and other stakeholders  in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. In a rapidly consolidating media industry, he forged consensus-building solutions and advocated successful industry-wide regulatory strategies. Glenn served as Vice-President, Reseau Pathonic lVA, Quebec City; General Counsel, Chief Regulatory Officer, Senior Vice-President at CanWest Global, Toronto; President of Global Quebec, Montreal, and President & CEO of the Canadian  Association  of Broadcasters,Ottawa.

In 2010, he accepted his current role as CEO of Groupe Media TFO, a public educational media enterprise located in Toronto. Glenn successfully led the organization through a dynamic digital restructuring and repositioning process, rebranding and innovating TFO's content production and acquisition strategy to adapt to evolving media consumption patterns. Today, TFO operates multiple industry-leading channels to reach audiences in a multiplatform, multi-screen universe. The transformation at TFO significantly increased production (over 90%) and international distribution of its highly recognized in-house educational content. Its overall content strategy is focused on innovation to constantly break new ground in digital learning. Glenn has served as Executive Producer of films, television series and award-winning educational digital content series. Additionally, he is President of GPO Corp, a management consultant boutique to media companies. Glenn has served on numerous boards of directors including TV5 Quebec-Canada, Canal Savoir, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Vanier Institute of the Family, the Fondation du Centre Hospitalier de I'Universite laval (CHUL), the Jeffrey Hale Foundation, the Theatre du Bois-de-Coulonge, the National Theatre School of Canada and Ashbury College.

A runner, amateur singer-songwriter, Glenn is married to Teri   Kirk.   They   have   two   daughters,   Devon   and Morgan-Aiexie.

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