Jean-Pierre Blais was appointed Chairperson of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 8, 2012. His appointment is effective June 18, 2012, for a period of five years.
Mr. Blais holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University, as well as a Master of Laws with a focus in copyright, international trade, film and television policy from Melbourne University in Australia. He is a member of the Quebec Bar and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Before being named Chairperson of the CRTC, Mr. Blais served as Assistant Secretary of the Government Operations Sector at the Treasury Board Secretariat. Prior to that, he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs at Canadian Heritage, where his responsibilities included legislation, policies and programs relating to copyright, broadcasting, cultural industries and arts policy. Mr. Blais also held the positions of Assistant Deputy Minister of International and Intergovernmental Affairs at Canadian Heritage and Executive Director of Broadcasting at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Mr. Blais resides in Gatineau, Quebec.