The Empire Club of Canada in Partnership with the Canadian Public Relations Society
Topic: Journalism and PR: News Media and Public Relations in the Digital Age
John Cruickshank is the Publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and President of Star Media Group. Mr. Cruickshank is the 9th publisher in the newspaper’s 123-year history.
Mr. Cruickshank has enjoyed a distinguished career in newspapers and television in both Canada and the United States.
Prior to his appointment as the Star’s Publisher in November, 2008, he served as Publisher of CBC News since September, 2007, where he was responsible for all English language television, radio and online news. Before joining the CBC, he was Publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chief Operating Officer of the Sun-Times Media Group, based in Chicago, from 2003 to 2007. Prior to being named Publisher of the Sun-Times, he was Vice President, Editorial, from 2000 to 2003.
John is also a former Managing Editor of The Globe and Mail and former Editor-in-Chief of The Vancouver Sun. He has also worked for The Montreal Gazette and started his journalism career with the Kingston Whig Standard.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mr. Cruickshank is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He was honoured with a Doctor of Sacred Letters from Trinity College in 2013.