Mr. Wm. John Wright

Biography / November 2, 2016

Mr. John Wright, Senior Vice President, Strategic Public Affairs Research and Managing Director of Global Advisor for Ipsos Public Opinion Polling, was appointed as Honorary Colonel of Canadian Force School of Aerospace Studies, Winnipeg, MB in September 2016.

Honorary Colonel Wright has been the lead media spokesperson since joining Ipsos Reid in 1989 and now is the architect of global media relations for the company.  For the decade prior to joining the company he was a Vice President in advertising and public affairs firms and served in both the corporate and government relations sectors.  He also hosted his own radio show on CFRB for 15 years and co-anchored on BNN with Amanda Lang.

Honorary Colonel Wright is extremely active in many current external volunteer activities as a recent Honorary Colonel of 400 “City of Toronto” Tactical Helicopter Squadron and previously as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Ontario Regiment. He serves on the boards of Canada Company, Military Minds as Chair, the Canadian Forces College Foundation and the Canadian Journalism Foundation. He is a three time recipient of Commander’s Commendations – one from each of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force – as well as the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Community Volunteerism (2012) and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. An Arbor award recipient from the university of Toronto and former Ontario Legislature Intern, Honorary Colonel Wright is a founder and lifetime member of both the Public Affairs Association of Canada and the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington. He has also served as a member on a host of boards and organizations including the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Commander’s Council, as well as being a published author of three national best-selling books with colleague Darrell Bricker.  His utmost respect for Canada’s military history was highlighted through his successful efforts to showcase a fitting recognition of Canada’s most decorated Veteran and first Director of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Wing Commander William Barker, VC. Barker had been entombed in anonymity in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto since his untimely death in 1930 until September 2011 when Ontario Lieutenant-Governor, the Honourable David Onley unveiled the monument to Barker on the steps of the cemetery mausoleum, in the presence of the Barker descendants, dignitaries and senior RCAF and Canadian Army representatives.

Honorary Colonel Wright and his family reside in Toronto.

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