Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien (1928-)
Member of CAB Hall of Fame
Beaubien, Philippe de Gaspé (1928- )
Philippe was chairman and CEO of Telemedia Communications Inc. Montreal, Quebec. He entered broadcasting in 1968 when he founded Telemedia Quebec Limitée. Three years later, he became the owner of Telemedia Corporation, which went on to acquire a number of radio stations in Quebec and Ontario and to publish magazines such as Elle Québec, Coup de Pouce, TV Guide, Canadian Living, Harrowsmith Country Life and several others.
Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien was Chairman of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in 1973 and 1974, and was the founder, President and Honorary Chairman of PARTICIPACTION. In 1982, he was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Broadcast Educators Association for his "outstanding contributions to Broadcast Education in Canada".
With his wife Nan-b, he founded the Institute for Family Enterprise, a non-profit international organization which has the mission to ensure the future of families and their businesses. The Institute develops exceptional teaching programs aimed at the families and the professionals who serve them. These programs address key family business issues such as succession, sibling rivalry, business ownership, corporate and governance structures and communication between family members.
Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien received international recognition as "The Mayor of Expo 67" for his role as key organiser of the successful 1967 World Exhibition In Montreal.
He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard (1954), a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Montréal (1952) and an Honorary Degree in Law from York University (1979).
Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien is the recipient of many honours including the Order of Canada, The Canadian Centennial Medal and the Czechoslovak Gold Medal and an Award of Merit from the B'Nai Brith Canada (Youth Services).
He was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1994.
Written by J. Lyman Potts - February, 1997