Tom Pentefountas

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Tom Pentefountas is Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting of the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), having taken up this post on April 4, 2011. [1] He served as President of the National Executive Committee of the political party Action démocratique du Québec from 2007 to 2008.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Pentefountas was born and raised in Montréal in the province of Québec. He is of Greek background and is fluent in English, French, and Greek.

Pentefountas holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Concordia University where he received the Jean H. Picard Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership and the Thomas H Moore Prize for Academic Excellence. He also earned a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and a mini MBA from McGill Executive Institute. He is a member of the Quebec Bar Association.


Pentefountas is a criminal lawyer by trade. From 1996 to 2011, he was with the firm Silver Sandiford and represented clients in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

He hosted for two years a radio show on CKDG-FM Montreal, providing his expertise on human rights, criminal law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He was also a regular contributor to the “Gang of Four” on CJAD Montreal.

Pentefountas is a member of the Montreal Hellenic Board of Trade since 1998, serving as Vice-President from 2005 to 2007 and of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association since 2007.

Pentefountas' appolintment to the CRTC was criticized by the NDP because Pentefountas lacked broadcasting experience, a requirement for the job, and was a friend of Stephen Harper's spokesman Dimitri Soudas.[2]


  1. ^ "Vice-Chairman, Broadcasting - Biography - Tom Pentefountas". CRTC. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  2. ^ Galloway, Gloria (4 February 2011). "CRTC appointment smacks of cronyism, NDP says". The Globe and Mail. 

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