Fonds F02660 - Allan R. Gregg fonds

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Allan R. Gregg fonds

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CA ON00239 F02660

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  • 1979-2000 (Creation)
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    Gregg, Allan R.

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3.56 m of textual records, ca. 4,025 photographs, 137 audio cassettes, 7 artifacts, 5 videocassettes, 3 CD-Rs

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(14 Jan. 1952-)

Biographical history

Allan R. Gregg is a pollster, political commentator and former music producer. From 1979 through 1993 Gregg was known as the official pollster of the Progressive Conservative Party and participated in over 50 central election campaigns on three continents. In 1995, he co-founded The Strategic Counsel, a research partnership he left in 2007. That year, he set out on his own to form Allan Gregg Strategies, offering high-end, value added, research-based consulting and communications advice to private and public sector clients. At the same time, he returned to roots and assumed the position of Chairman of Harris/Decima, a company he founded almost 30 years earlier that has recently merged with the fastest growing research firm in the world. Allan is a pioneer in the integration of consulting, public-opinion research, public affairs and communications. He not only has an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of policy-making but also a deep understanding of cultural change and the communications processes necessary to forge a public consensus around government and business initiatives. Much sought after for his analysis and as a public speaker, he is widely published and quoted. He is a regular participant on CBC’s “At Issue” panel on Thursday nights , is the host of the popular and respected TVO talk show – Allan Gregg In Conversation With — as well as a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.

Allan is also an entrepreneur with diverse interests. He was one of the founding shareholders of Canada’s children’s network, YTV, the Chairman of Toronto Film Festival, the current Chair of the Walrus Foundation (publisher of 2007 Magazine of the Year, “The Walrus”) and has executive produced documentary television as well as recordings by Canadian artists such as The Tragically Hip, The Watchmen and Big Wreck. Corporately, he serves on General Motors of Canada’s Advisory Board and the Bank of Montreal’s Advisory Council on Retirement.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, memos, speeches and clippings related to Decima Research and Allan Gregg's work with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, as well as correspondence, contracts and demo recordings relating to his work as co-manager of The Tragically Hip and Executive Producer of Big Wreck, The Watchmen and various other bands. The records include polling data and presentations made throughout the 1980s and early 1990s for the Progressive Conservative government, speeches given to corporations and associations across Canada, and slides for Decima Quarterly. The fonds contains the following series: Political Memos (1979-1993), Speeches (1979-1993), DQ Slides (1984-1995), Corporate Memos (1981-1993), Press Clippings (1979-1991), Music (1987-2000) and Personal Memos and Other Material (1979-1995).

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Good

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Donated by Allan Gregg, 2012.

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  • English

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5160
SR1171.1-SR1171.136
MI 201.1-MI 201.5
F3 E11

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Open

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Copyright restricted unless permission is granted by the donor or until the occasion of the donor's death. Copyright of music recordings resides with the individual artists.

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See also the records in the Hugh Segal fonds.

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  • Shelf: 5160
  • Shelf: SR1171.1-SR1171.136
  • Shelf: MI 201.1-MI 201.5
  • Shelf: F3 E11