John Wright, the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ipsos Ried’s North American Public Opinion Polling Division has been appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Ontario Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) which is based in Oshawa, Ontario. His role as an ‘Honourary’ will be to serve as a link between the community and the Canadian Forces.
Lieutenant-Colonel Wright’s appointment was recommended by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and approved by Peter MacKay, the Minister of National Defence on 24 June of this year.
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Lt Col Wright has worked in advertising and public relations for almost 30 years. He has served in both the political and corporate worlds of government relations spending the past 10 years as a vice president with a major advertising and public relations firm. He had is own radio show on CFRB for almost 15 years with one of the top commentary panels in the country. He regularly co-hosts and anchors Canada’s Business News Network’s daily market closing show ‘Squeeze Play’ and has appeared on many major news channels including CNN and Al Jazeera.
Lt Col Wright’s ‘outside work’ activities are diverse and extensive. He serves on a number of boards including the Hincks Dellcrest’s Children’s Mental Health Centre, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, The Canadian Institute at the
He has received an Arbor Award from the
In his very limited free time, Lt Col Wright has co-authored two national best-sellers; “What Canadians Think” and We Know What You’re Thinking”.
The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel R.M. Brown, and all ranks of the Ontario Regiment are extremely pleased with Lt Col Wright’s appointment.