"Pierre, I wish you could manage the weather as well as you
manage your companies" is what I said to Pierre Morrissette.
I had phoned him to congratulate him on his company being selected as
one on Canada's 50 best run companies. A very prestigious business award.
Pierre owns both the English language and the French language
"Weather Network" services you see on TV. Over 10 million
Canadian homes, offices and hotel rooms are connected. Weather plays
an important part in everyones life. More so now with the heightened
awareness of global warming and the horrendous weather changes we have
been witnessing worldwide.
Pierre is an interesting achiever. Born in Montreal, he graduated from
of Loyola University with a BA in economics, and an MBA from Western
University, Waterloo, Ontario. Where last year they dedicated a room
in his honour named the Pierre Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship.
I have done business with him since 1977 when he joined Telemedia the
Montreal based broadcasting and publishing company.
The past 30 years
have been interesting to watch him rise through the business world.
Highlights since leaving Telemedia have included the presidency of Cancom and
ownership of a group of small market radio stations, which he sold in
1993 to acquire the fledgling "Weather Network". It was a
fledgling service then, not now. Today the Weather Network services
their 10 million subscribers with a staff of 360 people in offices across
Always a very modest, soft spoken person. He credits his people for
making the company so successful. "I was more than delighted when
we were selected as a top 50 company. It is recognition to the staff
that they are doing an outstanding job." His advice to students
at the Pierre Morrissett Institute for Entrepreneurship is "Surround
yourself with great people and great things will happen. Listen to them.
But most of all I tell them to dream big and make your dreams happen."
Solid advice from Pierre Morrissette, a bright easy to meet, successful
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