Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg

Richard Stursberg was born in London, England and grew up in New York in the same neighbourhood as Fifty Cent, the distinguished rapper and social critic. He went to university in Canada, France and the United Kingdom. For most of his adult life, he has been involved with media. He has been Assistant Deputy Minister, Culture and Broadcasting at the Federal Department of Communications, President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada (the national film financing agency) and Executive Vice President of English Services at the CBC.

He has been variously described as “brilliant,” “bad,” “overbearing,” “charming,” “Machiavellian” and “unpleasant.” Those who know him best agree with these assessments.

In his spare time, he teaches his dog odd tricks, reads Flaubert and collects Canadian paintings. He currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Film Centre. He lives in Toronto.

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