Mathieu Chantelois

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Mathieu Chantelois
Mathieu Chantelois.jpg
Chantelois in Toronto in 2017
Born (1973-07-04) July 4, 1973 (age 45)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
EducationCarleton University, Harvard Business School
OccupationMarketing executive
Marcelo Gomez (m. 2003)

Mathieu Chantelois (born July 4, 1973) is a Canadian television personality, journalist, magazine editor, and marketing executive.

Early life and education[edit]

Mathieu Chantelois was born and raised in Mascouche, a suburb just outside Montreal, Quebec. He studied at Pierre Laporte Secondary School, a musical academy in Montreal. He is a graduate of Carleton University's journalism program, and in 2018, he completed a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School.



Chantelois was one of the original housemates on the Canadian reality television series U8TV: The Lofters.[1] The first season's only openly gay resident, Chantelois created the series So Gay TV for PrideVision.[1] So Gay TV was nominated for Best Talk Series at the 2002 Gemini Awards.[2]

Following the end of his term on The Lofters, Chantelois continued hosting programming for PrideVision and its successor channel OUTtv, including Read Out!, featuring authors from the LGBT community, and the reality series COVERguy. Chantelois has also worked as a cultural reporter for TFO's Panorama.

The 519[edit]

In 2006, Chantelois was named chair of the board at The 519 Church St. Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario.[3] He stepped down from the position in 2009,[4] but is still involved with the organization in other capacities.

Green Space Festival[edit]

In 2007, Chantelois created the Green Space Festival, a fundraising event for a LGBT community centre in Canada. He was named one of 8 local heroes by The Toronto Star.[5] The Festival has raised over $2.5 million in the last 10 years.[6]


In 2009, Chantelois became editor of the movie magazine Famous Quebec. Under his leadership, in 2010 Famous Quebec became Le magazine Cineplex.[7][8] While at the magazine, Chantelois interviewed and wrote about many celebrities, including Penélope Cruz,[9] Emily Blunt,[10] Kirsten Dunst,[11] Catherine Deneuve,[12] Charlotte Gainsbourg,[13] Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto,[14] Jake Gyllenhaal,[15] Javier Bardem,[16] Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling,[17] Michael Fassbender,[18] Antonio Banderas,[19] Josh Duhamel,[20] Zac Efron,[21] and Jennifer Garner.[22]

Pride Toronto[edit]

In 2015, Chantelois was named the new executive director of Pride Toronto.[23]

In 2016, under his leadership, the first Pride Month in Canada was launched,[24] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the first sitting prime minister to march in the Pride parade,[25] and for the first time ever the official Pride and Trans flags were raised at the same time to help kick off Pride Month.[26]

Guests at Pride Toronto during Chantelois's tenure included RuPaul,[27] Pussy Riot, Cyndi Lauper, Chaz Bono, John Waters,[28] George Takei, and Margaret Atwood.[29] The event also got Guinness World Record recognition for the world's largest stage show of drag artists, with 73 drag queens and kings taking to the stage.[30]

He resigned the position on August 11, 2016 to take a position at Cineplex Media,[31] approximately six weeks after both receiving praise[32] and facing criticism over his handling of the Black Lives Matter demand that Toronto Police officers be barred from participating in Pride events in uniform. His resignation was amidst staff allegations of racism, sexism, and sexual harassment,[33][34][35] however the allegations were unfounded and he was never officially accused of any wrongdoing.[36]

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada[edit]

In 2016, Chantelois was hired as vice-president of marketing and development at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada,[37][38] where he had previously worked as director of marketing and communications.[39]

He has been responsible for the launch of the PSAs "Great Futures Start Here" in 2014[40] and "Kid of Privilege" in 2018.[41][42][43]


  • 1999: Prix Molson de journalisme en loisir, Conseil québécois du loisir, premier prix, catégorie hebdos locaux et régionaux.[44]
  • 2014: Ragan's PR Daily Corporate Social Responsibility Award, Best Social Media Campaign[45]
  • 2015: Toronto’s 50 Most Influential[46]
  • 2016: Fantastic Community Volunteer of the Year[47]
  • 2017: Ragan's PR Best Contest or Giveway, Kid Food Nation[48]

Personal life[edit]

Chantelois married Marcelo Gomez in 2003 in Toronto, Ontario.[49] They were one of the first gay couples to be married in Canada following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ontario, so soon after the court decision that the city of Toronto had not yet produced gender-neutral marriage licence forms.[50]


  1. ^ a b "Reality bites: An oral history of The Lofters". The Grid, August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Made in Canada leads Gemini pack". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "519 hoping to raise another million". Xtra. 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  4. ^ "Chantelois steps down at 519". Xtra. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "WorldPride: Eight local heroes who make a difference | The Star". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "10e anniversaire du Green Space Festival" (in French). Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Famous Québec devient Le magazine Cineplex". (in French). Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Une triple couverture pour le magazine Cineplex à l'occasion de la sortie du film De père en flic 2 - ActusMédias". ActusMédias (in French). June 21, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ " | Cineplex News - Penelope Cruz talks laughing with Ben Stiller on the set of Zoolander 2". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  10. ^ "Emily Blunt" (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  11. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Mélancholia: vive la mariée!". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  12. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Jouer la cruche". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  13. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Jamais deux sans trois". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  14. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Dallas Buyers Club: Rencontre costaude avec un acteur amaigri". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  15. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Double jeu: Entrevue avec Jake Gyllenhaal". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  16. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Le père intérieur". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  17. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Au-delà des pins: Entretien avec Ryan Gosling et Eva Mendes". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  18. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - La honte: à hauteur d'homme". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  19. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - La double vie d'Antonio Banderas". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  20. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Un Havre de paix: une entrevue à cœur ouvert avec Josh Duhamel". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  21. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - At Any Price: Tête-à-tête avec le beau Zac Efron". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  22. ^ " | Nouvelles Cineplex - Match parfait". (in French). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  23. ^ "Mathieu Chantelois is Toronto Pride’s new ED". Xtra!, January 21, 2015.
  24. ^ Torontoist (June 9, 2016). "Meet the Man Behind This Year's Pride Month". Torontoist. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  25. ^ "Trudeau makes history in Toronto Pride parade | The Star". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  26. ^ "Trans and Pride flags make history at Toronto City Hall". blogTO. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  27. ^ "New to Pride Toronto or a seasoned vet? Here's how to make the most of it". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  28. ^ "Pussy Riot coming to Toronto Pride Parade | The Star". Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  29. ^ "Toronto celebrates Pride Month with George Takei, Margaret Atwood, and Black Lives Matter". CityNews Toronto. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  30. ^ "Pride Toronto Made a Guinness World Record for Drag". 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  31. ^ "Executive director of Pride Toronto resigns". Toronto Star, August 10, 2016.
  32. ^ "Cowardly politicians have empowered Black Lives Matter". Toronto Sun. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  33. ^ "Pride Toronto director resigns after parade controversy". The Globe And Mail. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  34. ^ "Executive director of Pride Toronto resigns amid 'serious allegations'". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  35. ^ "Pride Toronto executive director resigns after allegations of racism, sexual harassment". Global News. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  36. ^, Zone Société-. "EXCLUSIF : L'ex-directeur de Pride Toronto voit d'un bon oeil le retour des policiers au défilé". (in French). Retrieved 2019-01-07.
  37. ^ "Executive Team | Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  38. ^ "Boys and Girls Clubs picks Mackie Biernacki". strategy. December 11, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  39. ^ "The Boys and Girls Clubs' celeb flashbacks". strategy. December 10, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  40. ^ "Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada celebrate bright futures". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  41. ^ "Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is all smiles". strategy. May 15, 2018. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  42. ^ Blendz, Marketing. "Privilege is Not Just for the Privileged". Ottawa Life Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  43. ^ "Adnews". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  44. ^ O'Connor, Sandra. "L'employé de la semaine". (in French). Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  45. ^ "Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada generates some buzz to end bullying | Special Edition Ragan's PR Daily Awards | Awards". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  46. ^ "Toronto's 50 Most Influential People: Mathieu Chantelois | Toronto Life". Toronto Life. November 19, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  47. ^ "Queer Choice Awards". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  48. ^ "Contest encourages kids to submit original recipes | Special Edition Ragan's PR Daily Awards | Awards". Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  49. ^ "How gay is your neighbourhood?". Toronto Star, June 28, 2009.
  50. ^ "A reality show kicked off his career". Toronto Star, June 19, 2016.

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