Denise Donlon

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Denise Anne Donlon
Born (1956-02-22) February 22, 1956 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario
Spouse(s) Murray McLauchlan
Awards Order of Canada

Denise Anne Donlon, CM (born 22 February 1956) is a Canadian business executive, television producer, host, and member of the Order of Canada.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she joined MuchMusic in 1985 as a host and producer. In 1992, she became the director of music programming, and was named vice-president and general manager in 1997.

From 2000 to 2004, she was the president of Sony Music Canada.

On September 17, 2008, Donlon was named executive director of CBC Radio's English-language services.[1] She left CBC on or about July 8, 2011 and was succeeded by her 2nd in command, Chris Boyce.[2]

She is a board member of the Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Performing Arts Awards, a committee member of CJFE (Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression), is a trustee of Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, and a committee member of MusiCounts. She holds two honorary doctorates (University of Calgary and University of Waterloo). She is a member of the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame, she is a Lifetime Award recipient of the Toronto Women in Film and Television. In 2009 she was named one of Canada's Top l00 Powerful Women. In 2009 she won the Rosalie Trailblazer Award at Canadian Music Week. She has won the Peter Gzowski Literacy Award of Merit (ABC Canada), a Woman of Vision Award, and Woman of the Year from Canadian Women in Communications. She holds two Gemini Awards - Special Event Coverage - Election Night 93 and in 1992, as Producer for the New Music. She won a Golden Sheaf Award from the Yorkton Film Festival for 'In Your Face - Violence in Music' in 1993. She has produced various charitable events including the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (2008), President Clinton's 60th birthday party (2007 with Frank Giustra and Sam Feldman), documentaries for War Child Canada in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and the Thai Burmese Border, Live 8 (Co-producer, Toronto 2006), Rock the Walk (Canada's Walk of Fame 2005/2006) and was involved with the Tsunami Concert of Hope event among others.[3]

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • 2008 - Rosalie Trailblazer Award, Canadian Music Week
  • 2007 – Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, U. of Waterloo (June 07)
  • 2007 – Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, U of Calgary (June 07)
  • 2006 - Humanitarian Spirit Award (Canadian Music Week)
  • 2005 – Appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada
  • 2004 - Subject of an hour-long special on CBC’s Life and Times
  • 2002 - Peter Gzowski Literacy Award of Merit (ABC Canada)
  • 2002 - Broadcast Hall of Fame (Canadian Association of Broadcasters)
  • 2001 – Woman of Vision (Wired Women)
  • 2000 - Woman of the Year (Canadian Women in Communications)
  • 1997 - Outstanding Achievement Award (Women in Film & Television)
  • 1995 – Gemini: Special Event Coverage – Election Night ‘93
  • 1995-1994-1993 - Broadcast Executive Of The Year (Canadian Music Week)
  • 1993 - Golden Sheaf Award: (Host) In Your Face – Violence in Music (Yorkton Film Festival)
  • 1992 – Gemini: Producer - Best Light Information Series – The New Music



  • CJFE ( Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression) Committee Member
  • Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation – Board Member
  • MusiCounts - committee member.
  • WarChild – volunteer


  • Chum Limited – Director
  • Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – Director
  • Margaret Atwood’s Long Pen/ Unotichit - Director
  • Canadian Recording Industry Association – Director
  • Canadian Music Council – Co-Chair
  • Canada’s Walk of Fame – Director
  • Music Industry Coalition- Team Co-Leader
  • VideoFact - Director


  • Doctorate Of Laws Honoris Causa (Spring 07) University of Waterloo
  • Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, ( June 07) U of Calgary

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour. In 2002, she was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Hall Of Fame.

She is married to Murray McLauchlan and they have a son.


  1. ^ "Denise Donlon named to top job at CBC Radio". CBC News. September 17, 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  2. ^ Dixon, Guy (July 10, 2011). "Denise Donlon leaves CBC Radio". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Denise Donlon Announced as Recipient of Humanitarian Spirit Award". Canadian Music Week. Archived from the original on February 10, 2006. Retrieved May 28, 2006. 

External links[edit]

  • Denise Donlon among contributors to 100 days that changed Canada