|Job Title:||Executive Director|
|Employer:||Leaders' Debates Commission|
|Expertise:||Communications, International Affairs, Journalism|
About Michel Cormier
Michel Cormier is a Canadian journalist, lecturer and author. Mr. Cormier currently serves as the Executive Director for the Leaders’ Debates Commission.
After graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Michel began his career in Moncton, where he was a television reporter for Radio-Canada. He then moved to Montreal to produce television documentaries and then to Ottawa to cover Parliament for Radio-Canada and CBC Radio. In 1996, he was named Radio-Canada’s bureau chief at the Quebec National Assembly.
Throughout his already successful career, Michel has had the opportunity to work abroad including Moscow in 2000. A few weeks after the events of 9/11, Michel was one of one of the first journalists to enter Afghanistan. At the time there was there were no daily press briefings, official contacts, and virtually no other journalists.
In addition to his success as a journalist, Michel is also an accomplished author. Michel co-authored a biography of the late New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield “Un dernier train pour Hartland” (Last Train for Hartland), which was shortlisted for the France-Acadie book award in 1991. His first biography of New-Brunswick Prime Minister Louis Robichaud, entitled “Louis Robichaud: une révolution si peu tranquille”, won the Prix France-Acadie. In 2006, Michel published a series of essays about his experiences as a foreign correspondent in Russia entitled “La Russie des illusions”, which became a finalist for the Governor General Award in 2007.