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Allan Gregg

Research Professional and Social Commentator

Allan Gregg is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected senior research professionals and social commentators.

From 1979 through 1993 Gregg was known as the official pollster of the Progressive Conservative Party and participated in over 50 central election campaigns on three continents. In 1995, he co-founded The Strategic Counsel, a research partnership he left in 2007. That year, he set out on his own to form Allan Gregg Strategies, offering high-end, value added, research-based consulting and communications advice to private and public sector clients. At the same time, he returned to roots and assumed the position of Chairman of Harris/Decima, a company he founded almost 30 years earlier that has recently merged with the fastest growing research firm in the world. Allan is a pioneer in the integration of consulting, public-opinion research, public affairs and communications. He not only has an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of policy-making but also a deep understanding of cultural change and the communications processes necessary to forge a public consensus around government and business initiatives. Much sought after for his analysis and as a public speaker, he is widely published and quoted. For 10 years, he was a regular participant on CBC’s “At Issue” panel on Thursday nights , and hosted the popular and respected TVO talk show – Allan Gregg In Conversation With — as well as a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.
Allan is also an entrepreneur with diverse interests. He was one of the founding shareholders of Canada’s children’s network, YTV, the Chairman of Toronto Film Festival, the past Chair of the Walrus Foundation (publisher of 2007 Magazine of the Year, “The Walrus”) and has executive produced documentary television as well as recordings by Canadian artists such as The Tragically Hip, The Watchmen and Big Wreck. Corporately, he serves on General Motors of Canada’s Advisory Board and the Board of Zenn Motors.

In 2012, Allan was inducted into Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Carleton’s School of Public Affairs.
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The Real Story of Canada's "Good Indian"

In the orgy of celebration of the War of 1812, the true legacy of Shawnee warrior Tecumseh has been badly (and perhaps, conveniently) miscast. Far from being ignored, he is now being appropriated by white society and cast as a "good Indian" - brave, heroic, co-operative, and at the ready to do the bidding of his British brethren. He is being placed aside Issac Brock, and the Canadian militia as the great defenders of Canada. His historical role has been reduced to Laura Secord with a feather. A more thorough reading of Tecumseh's life and influence tells a very different story.
10/05/2013 09:51 EDT
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Attack Ads Damage Our Democracy

If you say "politician A is a crook" often enough, it is only a matter of time before the public comes to believe that all politicians are crooks. That is what is happening now and these are the seeds that defenders of negative advertising are sowing. Politics is not about bludgeoning your opponent until they cannot stand.
05/01/2013 11:30 EDT