Jean-Pierre Blais

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CRTC

Chairman and CEO of the #CRTC, Seasoned Public Service Executive and Member of the Barreau du Québec and the Law Society of Upper Canada

Jean-Pierre Blais began his term as Chairperson and CEO of the CRTC in June 2012.

Before joining the CRTC, Mr. Blais was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Government Operations Sector.

From 2004 to 2011, he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs at the Department of Canadian Heritage. His responsibilities included legislation, policies and programs related to copyright modernization, broadcasting, the cultural industries, the arts, as well as cultural trade policy and cultural treaties. As the Director of Investment, he reviewed transactions in the cultural sector under the Investment Canada Act.

From 1994 to 2004, after practising law with a large Montreal law firm, Mr. Blais served successively as Senior Legal Counsel, General Counsel (Broadcasting) and Executive Director (Broadcasting) at the CRTC, and as Assistant Deputy Minister of International and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Canadian Heritage. In that position, he was responsible for Sport Canada, Canada’s bid for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, negotiating the UNESCO Treaty on Doping in Sports and Federal-Provincial cultural relations.

Mr. Blais holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Law Society of Upper Canada.