Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien

Philippe de Gaspe BeaubienPhilippe de Gaspe Beaubien II, B.A., Université de Montréal (1951), an MBA from Harvard Business School (1954), was the founder and Chairman and CEO of Telemedia Corporation, a communications holding company.

Télémédia properties included:  100 radio properties across Canada and was Canada’s largest women’s consumer magazine company.

Before becoming the owner of Telemedia Corporation in 1971, Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien was Director of Operations for the Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition in Montreal (he was the Mayor of Expo 67). In his position, he was responsible for managing the operations of Expo 67.

From 1960 to 1963, he was the founder and President of Beaubien Distribution Co. Ltd, a food products distribution company servicing the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The company was sold to General Foods Ltd in 1963.

Telemedia further assisted the development of the Canadian Communications system by being a founding partner in Cancom Communications (satellite cable) and Cantel cellular telephone company, known today as Rogers Communications.

He is also a Director and Co-chair of the Business Families Foundation, a charitable organization that develops and provides educational programs for all sectors of the family business community with the objective of strengthening family enterprises by helping families in business acquire additional knowledge and skills.

Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien directorships during his illustrious career included such renowned companies as:

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • Bombardier Inc.
  • Harvard Business School Visiting and Associates Boards
  • McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
  • Black and McDonald
  • Sherwin Williams Company
  • Reitman’s
  • Dominion Bridge Company
  • Cantel Company
  • Cancom Company
  • The Fulbright Foundation Program (Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States)

Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien was also the:

  • Founder, Chairman and President of Participaction (physical health programs across Canada)
  • President and Chairman of the Broadcasters Association of Canada Magazine Publishing Association
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board for physical fitness and Amateur Sports of Canada

Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien was decorated with the following awards:

  • Member of the Order of Canada
  • Centennial Medal of Canada
  • Recipient Czechoslovakia gold medal
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

He was awarded doctorates of Honoris Causa from:

  • York University in Toronto
  • University of Montreal’s École des Hautes Études Commerciales
  • The University of British Columbia

He and his wife, Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien were awarded:

  • The Philanthropy Merit Award from the Quebec Chamber of Commerce
  • The Outstanding Family in the Field of Entrepreneurial Families from Kellogg Business School
  • In May 2009 Nan-b and Philippe were the first Canadian couple to win the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Award
  • Both of them were awarded a doctorate of law from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business

Philanthropic Career:

The de Gaspé Beaubiens, under the umbrella of their Family Foundation, the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation’s Fund initiated and support 5 programs:

  • The Business Families Foundation (BFF)
  • The Harvard Business School Historical Legacy Collection
  • The Smith College Narratives of a Woman’s Life
  • The Community Health Program in the province of Quebec
  • The 14th Generation project on water

They also helped organize and teach at the first symposium on family enterprise at Harvard Business School and were instrumental in helping to start the HBS family business program. To date their Business Family Foundation (BFF) remains the only charitable organization of its kind in the world.