Jean La Rose

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Chief Executive Officer / Executive Management

Jean La Rose is a First Nations citizen from the Abenakis First Nation of Odanak in Québec. He was raised in Ottawa where he studied Journalism at Algonquin College and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication at the University of Ottawa/Université Saint-Paul.

Since November 2002 Jean La Rose has been the Chief Executive Officer of APTN. Since joining the network he has established it on a strong financial position for long-term growth. Mr. La Rose moved the network to a full high-definition platform, and now employs more than 150 people nationwide and provides production opportunities for over 100 Indigenous producers in Canada. He established APTN service in eastern, western and northern communities, became a founding member of the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN), and as partner of 2010 Olympics led the first ever broadcast in eight different Indigenous languages, 14 hours per day.

Preparing APTN for future growth, he has developed the organization into an IP-based, multi-platform broadcaster. He has also overseen the purchase of the buildings APTN occupies in Winnipeg and the renovation of one to house the new state-of-the-art news studio. Moreover, two regional studios have been established as well as home offices for video journalists to broaden the network’s news reporting capabilities across the country.

Mr. La Rose sits on the Boards of Directors of Indspire, the National Screen Institute, Media Smarts, Mother Earth Recycling (a social enterprise located in Winnipeg). He was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now known as Indspire Awards) for Media and Communications in 2011, and the CEO HR Champion of the Year Award from the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba in 2015. He was also named “2016 Alumnus of the Year” by Saint-Paul University and received an Honorary Diploma in Journalism from “La Cité Collégiale” in Ottawa in 2015.