Pamela Wallin, Broadcaster, Corporate Director and Journalist
DOING IT ALL
In her career Pamela Wallin has broken boundaries, crossed borders and proved that there is nothing she cannot accomplish. She served on an Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan, Pamela has been an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, she was the first Canadian woman to co-anchor a national prime time news show and was named to the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame. During her journalism career she also founded her own production company, hosted the Canadian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and authored three books. In 2002, Pamela’s career expanded beyond journalism when she was appointed to a four-year term as Consul General of Canada to New York. The recipient of fourteen Honorary Doctorates and more than 15 national and international awards, Pamela is the epitome of what it means to be a Woman of Influence.
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Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M., is the Senior Advisor on Canada-US relations to the President of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York. In Canada, she serves on several corporate boards, including CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multimedia company with ownership in CTV and The Globe and Mail; Gluskin Sheff & Associates, an investment and wealth management firm; Oilsands Quest, an energy development company; and Jade Tower, an independent antenna site and tower company. Pamela is also a member of a special Advisory Board for BMO Harris Bank.
Pamela was named Chancellor of the University of Guelph in 2007. She is also the co-Chair of the National Strategy Council for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. Pamela serves on many volunteer boards including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Pamela is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor and served, at the request of Prime Minister Harper, on the special Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan.
The career of the Canadian-born journalist, diplomat and entrepreneur has now spanned more than thirty years and several continents. From CBC radio to the Ottawa bureau of the Toronto Star, Pamela was recruited by CTV. There, she hosted Canada AM, went on to become Ottawa bureau chief, and anchored the CTV weekend news. And in 1992, she became the first Canadian woman to co-anchor the nightly national television newscast Prime Time News.
In 1995, Pamela founded an independent television company, Pamela Wallin Productions, through which she hosted and produced a live, highly successful nightly interview program. She also hosted the Canadian edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, garnering the highest ratings ever for a network production.
Although her work as a journalist covered all aspects of domestic and international politics, Pamela has dedicated much of her professional career to coverage of the Canada/U.S. relationship. Following the events of 9/11, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Pamela to a four-year term as Consul General of Canada in New York.
Pamela has fourteen Honorary Doctorates and among many other honors, she has been named to the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame; she received a national Visionary Award in Canada; and was twice recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her public service and achievements. In 1995, the citizens of her hometown of Wadena, Saskatchewan dedicated a street in her honor, Pamela Wallin Drive.
Pamela is the author of three books, including her bestselling autobiography Since You Asked (1998), Speaking of Success (2001), and The Comfort of Cats (2002).