Richard Stursberg

President | Aljess

Richard Stursberg has spent his entire career in broadcasting, film, television and program production.

He was Assistant Deputy Minister Culture and Broadcasting in the Government of Canada, President of the Canadian Cable Television Association, CEO of the satellite TV companies Starchoice and Cancom, Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada (the film financing company) and head of English services at the CBC.

For his eforts, he was named Shit Disturber of the Decade (2000-2010) by Playback magazine.

He currently runs a boutique consulting firm, Aljess. His clients have included Rogers Communications Inc., Postmedia, The Canadian Media Producers Association, Torstar Corporation, Telus, The Canadian Film Centre, Rogers Media and Teatro Proscenium Limited Partners.

He lectures occasionally at Ryerson University on Celebrity and Media Policy.

He is one of the founders of Digital Media at the Crossroads and the newly established Marshall McLuhan Foundation.

His book, The Tower of Babble (Douglas and MacIntyre), was named one of the best books of 2012 by the Globe and Mail. His new book, The Tangled Garden; A Manifesto for Canadian Culture in the Digital Age (Lorimer) will be released in April 2019.

He is the President of PEN Canada.