The Revue Politique “Tête à Tête” series delves into the lives of newsmakers, movers and shakers. In these in-depth and personal conversations, Pierre Donais sits down with guests to discuss their life experiences and to reveal what drives them today.
In this episode, Pierre speaks with Jean-Marie de Koninck, the founder of Operation Red Nose, a volunteer safe ride home service provided during the holiday season to all motorists who have been drinking or who do not feel fit to drive their own vehicle. By 2005, the program had over 45,000 volunteers and had provided more than one million rides.
A former competitive swimmer and triathlon enthusiast, Mr. de Koninck is one of the founders of Laval University’s Rouge et Or swim team. In November 2005 Mr. de Koninck was appointed chair of the Coaching Association of Canada. In 2007, he became Chair of the Table québécoise de la sécurité routière, a Quebec government committee on road safety.
Drawing on four decades of radio and TV experience, Pierre has a reputation for being as personable as he is astute. He joined CPAC in 2003 to host Revue Politique, a nightly review of the day’s politics for Francophone viewers. He also delves into the personal with guests on Tête à Tête. A former anchor and journalist at TQS and Télémédia CIMF-FM in Outaouais, Pierre also served as radio host and station manager. He has recently completed his Master’s degree in law at the University of Ottawa.