Michael Hennessy
Michael Hennessy

President and CEO , Canadian Media Production Association

Michael Hennessy is the President and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), based in Ottawa. The CMPA is Canada’s leading trade association for independentfilm, television and interactive content producers. With close to 400 member companies from across the country, the CMPA provides a diverse industry with a unified voice, whether negotiating business relations or shaping public policy. Together, the production sector generates over $5.5 billion of activity annually and sustains 128,000 high-quality, full-time jobs.


Mr. Hennessy has had a varied career with over 25 years in the public and private sectors in communications. His expertise has contributed to shaping the evolution of telecommunications, broadcasting, internet and wireless public policy and regulation in Canada. This experience across sectors and markets has focused primarily on advocacy using the impact of competition, convergence and innovation on economic growth and consumer choice to promote the interests of the different stakeholders he has represented.


Mr. Hennessy was most recently Senior Vice-President, Regulatory and Government Affairs (RGA) at TELUS from January 2009.  Prior to his work there, Mr. Hennessy served as President and CEO of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA). Mr. Hennessy was also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Canadian Television Fund now called the Canadian Media Fund.


Before joining the CCTA in 1999, Michael served as Vice-President, Government & Regulatory Affairs for Bell Mobility and Mobility Canada as well as Chair of the Communication Industries Forum for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and as a Director on the Boards of industry organizations such as CWTA and CANARIE.


Michael Hennessy began his career in the public sector, leaving it in 1995 after serving as Director General, Competition, Convergence and Social Policy in the Telecommunications Branch of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).  


Under his leadership, CMPA staff work on behalf of members to promote and stimulate the Canadian production industry. The goal is to ensure the continued success of Canada’s independent production sector and a future for Canadian content.


The CMPA actively lobbies federal and provincial governments on various policy areas including broadcasting, copyright, taxation and trade. The Association also negotiates labour agreements with key unions and guilds and supports producers when dealing with these agreements.


The CMPA manages a number of mentorship programs that partners emerging and mid-level producers with experienced members. The CMPA’s annual conference, Prime Time in Ottawa, is a leading industry event that brings together participants from every area of the production sector. And with the help of industry partners the CMPA produces Profile, a comprehensive analysis of the Canadian production sector.


Mr. Hennessy is also past Chair and current Director of the Banff World Media Festival Board, a Director of the National Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Smart Regulation Committee of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).