Year Born: 1935
Year of Induction: 2003
Member of CAB Hall of Fame
Beaubien, Nan-b de Gaspé (1935- )
Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien entered broadcasting in 1968 with her husband Philippe as a key player in the founding of Television Quebec Ltee, which as Telemedia Corporation, over 30 years, became a leader in Canada’s media communications industry.
The company achieved an enviable position as Canada’s leading publisher of magazines and the proprietorship of 79 radio stations operating in two linguistic cultures across the nation.
Nan-b served as Vice-President of Human Relations for Telemedia where she developed and implemented human resource systems. She is credited with setting-up a unique culture within the company that earned it the much-envied award for being selected as one of the best 100 Canadian companies for which to work.
By 2003, Telemedia sold its media properties to other leading companies, but Nan-b continued as a director of the Corporation, the operation of which was turned over to the three Beaubien children – Philippe, Nanon and Francois. Other directorships included Imasco, the Harvard Business School Board Advocates, the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, the Terry Fox Humanitarian Committee, the Institute of Research for Public Policy and the National Centre for Management Research and Development.
Nan-b was a founding member of the Children’s Broadcast Institute and the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise.
In Canada’s Centenial Year (1967) when husband Philippe was Director of Operations for Expo 67, Nan-b was at his side hosting functions before and after the event, for which she received the Canada Centennial Medal.
In 2003, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.
On June 29th 2018, Nan-b de Gaspè Beaubien was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Written by Yvon Chouinard – November, 2003