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Peter Mansbridge

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Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National for 29 Years

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Peter Mansbridge | Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National for 29 Years
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Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including his 29 years as the anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. Through a unique lens of journalistic expertise, Mansbridge offers us guidance on how to cultivate trust, take pride in our heritage, and navigate leadership through times of upheaval.

Mansbridge’s sterling career at the CBC is without precedent. He served as the chief correspondent of CBC News, helmed its flagship show The National, anchored all CBC News specials, and hosted the intelligent interview show Mansbridge: One on One. For his work, Mansbridge has received over a dozen national awards for broadcast excellence—yet for all the accolades, he remains an astoundingly grounded individual, with a gentle humour and trademark integrity. Reflecting back on his journalism career, which has taken him across the country and the planet, he told CBC’s The Current, “When you hear from others about their perceptions of Canada, it opens your eyes about the country you live in. You learn things about yourself you didn’t know.”

 

Away from the news desk, Mansbridge has been recognized by leading universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and, of course, Canada. He’s been a Fellow at Yale, has lectured at Oxford, was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mansbridge has received 13 honorary doctorates, including his latest from McMaster University, where he told graduates that, “We need to face disagreements and divisions head on, but with passion and conviction and respect.” Mansbridge was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada—one of the country’s highest civilian honours—for his “contributions to broadcasting, for his commitment to helping Canadians better understand their country and the world, and for his dedication to literacy and Canada’s youth.” 

 

Known for his trademark voice and unflappable onscreen presence, Mansbridge has also found success as an author. His book Mansbridge: One on One was a national bestseller, and he’s penned contributions to The 100 Photos That Changed Canada, Canada’s Great War Album, and the ambitious essay collection 100 Days That Changed Canada

Speech Topics

Leadership
The Trust Factor What Happened—and What Does It Mean for Leaders?
In this interactive event focused on “Trust and Truth,” Peter Mansbridge leads audiences through a 45 to 60-minute session, designed to cue innovative leaders to consider how two of the key fundamental pillars of our democracy are in crisis. Trust and truth exist in almost every facet of our lives—but recently, they are in jeopardy. Through the lens of his journalistic expertise, Mansbridge engages participants in a discussion to understand why, how, and where we’ve deviated from trust and truth, how we can correct course—and, what it means for today’s leaders. This multi-media session invites participation, includes examples, and puts your delegates on the spot: relevant to all industries, Mansbridge leaves you with a strengthened understanding of the ways politics affect businesses, what a deviation from trust and truth means—and, how leaders can respond. 
Politics & Society
Our National Stories Inspiring Canadians at Home and Abroad
Peter Mansbridge ties all of his talks together with his desire to see Canadians celebrate their heritage: to recognize that a shared national story has shaped us at both an individual and a collective level. This story is being written, and re-written, every day, by all Canadians. Drawing on the world leaders he’s interviewed, Mansbridge also talks about leadership: what it takes and how it can be achieved, whether in politics, academia, or business.
Leadership
Ordinary Canadians Extraordinary Leadership

What does Canadian leadership look like? Is there something special, and vital, about leadership in this country? In this engrossing talk, based on his reporting from around the world, Peter Mansbridge offers accounts of extraordinary acts of leadership by ordinary Canadians, at home and abroad. He speaks of stories of courage and selflessness, from Sri Lanka to the Netherlands, Afghanistan to our own Indigenous communities, to show us that Canadian leadership is, at core, about caring. It’s about being there for our neighboursdown the street, across the country, or even around the worldwhen and where they need us the most.