October 27, 1940 |
|Alma mater||University of Manitoba
Harvard Business School
|Occupation||Performing arts executive|
|Awards||Order of Canada
Order of Ontario
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he graduated with a BA in political science and English from the University of Manitoba in 1962 and a law degree from Dalhousie University in 1965. In 1970, he received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a reporter beginning in 1965 (a day after graduating Dalhousie University), producer. He was appointed head of TV current affairs in 1979, and later network vice-president.
In 1993, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He also received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from York University in 1989, from the University of Winnipeg in 1993, and from Dalhousie University in 2000. In 1998, he was awarded the John Drainie Award. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Ontario for having "revolutionized Canadian broadcasting, publishing and the performing arts at organizations such as the CBC, Toronto Life Magazine, TV Ontario and the National Arts Centre".
He was appointed to the board of directors of the CBC in February, 2005 for a five-year term. He is also on the board of governors of the University of Ottawa.
He is married to Eva Czigler and has two children: Katherine and Matthew Herrndorf.
- Steed, Judy (May 22, 1982). "The big shakers at the corp". Globe and Mail. p. P10.
- "Order of Ontario Recipients Announced".