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Date of Birth: 1940
Peter Herrndorf is one of Canada’s most influential media businessmen. In 1965, he worked as an editor and reporter for Winnipeg‘s CBC television bureau. After receiving his MBA from Harvard University, he served as the CBC Head of TV Current Events Programming (1974-1977) in Toronto. Herrndorf , in this role, helped develop such programs as the “Fifth Estate” and the Emmy award winning “Henry Ford’s America”. In 1979, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of CBC’s English Language Radio and Television Networks. In this position, Herrndorf raised the profile of the “National news” by moving it to a 10:00 pm slot, and he also helped create the popular current events show “The Journal”. From 1983-1992, Herrndorf worked as the Publisher of Toronto Life Magazine. During this period, the magazine earned record profits and it was twice named Canada’s Magazine of the year (1986 and 1990). Herrndorf then served as the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of TVOntario (1992-1999). Under Herrndorf’s leadership, the network set new records for viewership and won an unprecedented amount of national and international awards. Since 1999, he has been the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Centre. Herrndorf has received numerous awards for his work including the American City and Regional Magazine Association Lifetime Achievement Award (1994) and the John Drainie Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for his distinguished lifetime contribution to Canadian broadcasting (1998). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada (1993), as well as a member of the Order of Ontario (2007).