Former CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge named TVO chief executive officer

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Former CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge has found a new role.

After a global search that attracted more than 170 candidates, Ontario’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce and TVO board chair Chris Day hired Orridge as the agency’s next chief executive officer.

“When our board set out in search of an ideal candidate, we cast a wide net to find an experienced executive leader with the energy and vision to propel TVO to new heights. Jeffrey is that person,” Day said in a statement.

“His passion for, experience with, and interest in technology, media, and learning – all areas where TVO must excel in the years to come – will ensure we continue to serve learners in exciting new ways, when and wherever they need us.”

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Orridge had been the chair of Canadian eSports organization Tiidal Gaming Group. He previously served as CFL commissioner and in senior executive roles at Canadian Tire, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and global not-for-profit Right to Play.

The 60-year-old holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Amherst College. He and his wife Carly and their two sons live in North York.

“TVO plays a key role in encouraging Ontarians to be active and informed citizens through its thought-provoking media and services,” Lecce said. “I look forward to building on this work with Mr. Orridge while delivering on our shared goal to deliver high quality, modern, and accessible education to Ontario’s students.”

An accomplished senior executive offering a track record of delivering results, Orridge has found success across industries in Canada and the United States. He possesses a blend of business acumen and global citizenship and leverages strategic, analytical, forward-thinking, creative, and problem-solving abilities to lead teams, to address complex challenges, and manage transformations.

“From harnessing and leveraging technological advances, to expanding TVO’s products and offerings, to connecting with audiences and communities so we can create social impact together,” Orridge said, “I look forward to working with the Board and the team at TVO to take our transformation to the next level.”

Orridge begins his TVO duties November 30, 2020.