Michel Picard has worked in communication for more than 40 years. He is a radio and television host who started at Radio-Canada in 1972, and has worked in Saskatoon, Vancouver and Ottawa.
Mr. Picard has hosted radio programs such as Matineux and Tournée d’Amérique. From 1997 to 2013, he anchored the Téléjournal Ottawa-Gatineau TV newscast. Other highlights include hosting Génies en herbe and Bouffée de santé, along with Remembrance Day, Canada Day and municipal, provincial and federal election night coverage. He also worked as an announcer at the Montreal, Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics, and covered the Canada Summer Games and Winter Games, the Ottawa-Hull Jeux de la Francophonie and the Jeux du Québec. Since 2014, he has hosted the afternoon show on CJFO 94.5 Unique FM, an Ottawa French-language community radio station.
Michel Picard has taught journalism at Saint Paul University and Ottawa’s La Cité. He has been a trainer and facilitator at the Desjardins Cooperative Institute, and served for 30 years as an administrator for the Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d’Ottawa.
Mr. Picard has been involved with many social causes. He co-chaired the Fondation de la Cité collégiale funding drive and chaired the Centraide Outaouais funding drive in 2015 and 2016. He hosted celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the University of Ottawa. He is an honorary lifetime member of the Salon du livre de l’Outaouais and the Fédération des Caisses populaires de l’Ontario.
Michel Picard has received many awards and distinctions, including the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale Prix reconnaissance, the United Way of Ottawa Community Builder Award, the Prescott-Russell ACFO Ordre de la Francophonie, the Communications et Société Prix homage, the Prix René Lecavalier-Molson, a Reel Award and the UQO Médaille Gérard-Lesage. In April 2014, the House of Commons paid tribute to him for his career as a host. On May 7, 2015, he was named an officer in the Ordre national du Mérite by the president of France, for his commitment to journalism and his outstanding contribution to the promotion of the French language in Canada.
In his spare time, he enjoys bike rides, walks, cinema, reading and travel. But his greatest passions are his zest for life, the value of the family and the wellbeing of his community.