Tuning In

The last time we spoke to Jean LaRose, CEO of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), he told us about spreading the organization’s roots and breathing new life into the stories of Canada’s indigenous people. Here, we dig a little deeper into his inspirations, motivations, and favourite things.

Where did you grow up?
Ottawa, Ontario.

University attended and degree earned?
Ottawa University, BA in communications.

Favourite class/subject in university?
Philosophy and political sciences.

What was your first job?
French fries cook at 15 years of age.

What was your worst job?
French fries cook. I had to stand in front of a deep fryer 12–14 hours a day in the hot sun at a summer fair. The heat was atrocious, and I ended up smelling like a fried potato for weeks after the event.

What did you spend your first paycheck on?
A small stereo record player with separate speakers—an innovation back then!

Name one company/organization you admire:
Sierra Club of Canada.

What is your biggest strength?
I’m determined.

What is your biggest weakness?
I’m too trusting.

Describe yourself in three words:
“Live life fully.”

Best advice you ever received (and from whom)?
“You can’t suck and blow at the same time.” A former boss.

Favourite day of the workweek (and why)?
Monday—new week and challenges ahead.

Biggest pet peeve?
Bad drivers.

Proudest professional achievement?
APTN growth and expansion.

Proudest personal achievement?
Amazing spouse, children, and grandchildren.

Blog or website that you follow religiously?
Pacific Yachting.

What’s better: Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook.

How long is your commute?
20 minutes.

Favourite sports team?
The Montréal Canadiens.

Favourite movie?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey.

Favourite book?
Tie between 1941, by Slavko Goldstein, and 1984, by George Orwell.

Favourite band and/or album?
Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon.

If you weren’t in your current profession, what profession would you be in (or like to be in)?
Economic development consultant to First Nations communities.

Your idea of a relaxing weekend?
Woodworking in the shop during winter, and on the boat during summer.

Favourite place you’ve travelled to?
The Turks and Caicos Islands.

What’s your personal motto?
Time flies when you’re having fun—and even when you’re not.