Alphonse Ouimet

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J. Alphonse Ouimet
Born (1908-06-12)June 12, 1908
Montreal, Quebec
Died December 20, 1988(1988-12-20) (aged 80)
Known for President of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Awards Order of Canada

J. Alphonse Ouimet, CC (June 12, 1908 – December 20, 1988) was a Canadian television pioneer and president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) from 1958 to 1967

Born in Montreal, he received a degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in 1932. In 1932, he helped design, build and demonstrate the first Canadian television set. In 1934, he joined the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, which became the CBC, and was responsible for setting up and running CBC's national radio service. He was involved in launching television broadcasting on the CBC.

After retiring from the CBC, he became, in 1969, chairman of Telesat Canada, which built and launched many of Canada's communications satellites. He retired in 1980.

In 1968, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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Preceded by
Davidson Dunton
President of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1958–1967
Succeeded by
George Forrester Davidson