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News anchor of TVA Nouvelles and member of the board, spokemans of Fondation Charles-Bruneau

After studying at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Pierre Bruneau worked at the radio station CJTR Trois-Rivières in 1972, and at CKAC Montréal from 1973 to 1980. In 1976, he started working at TVA as a news anchor. Since 2001, in addition to being the news anchor of the TVA Nouvelles de 18 h, he is the news anchor of the TVA 17 h and the TVA midi. Since September 2015, he has also been the news anchor of the TVA Nouvelles de 16 h 30 at LCN. A perennial public favourite, he holds no fewer than 18 Artis awards for best news anchor.

During his career, Pierre Bruneau has hosted several federal and provincial election nights as well as US elections. He has also hosted several special programs. In 2002, he received the Jubilee Medal, which highlights the 50-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, for his outstanding contribution to his community. The following year, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in recognition of his long career in the broadcasting industry. In 2004, he became a Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade, Ordre de la Francophonie et du dialogue des cultures. The honours continued in 2006, with the Sélection du Reader’s Digest naming him “Personnalité vie publique” for helping young people with cancer. In 2008, he was named Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, and in 2012, he received the Order of Canada Insignia, the highest civilian honour bestowed in Canada. In November 2014, Pierre Bruneau reached the top position of a survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Sélection du Reader’s Digest and became the most trusted person in Quebec. The following year, he also received the IPSOS/ICO trust awards in the charitable sector and information and journalism sector categories.

In 1990, following the death of his son Charles, Pierre joined ranks with families and friends of children with cancer to set up the Fondation Charles-Bruneau. Five years later, thanks to fundraising activities and generous support from partners, the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau opened at the CHU Sainte-Justine. Every year, the Centre serves nearly 1,100 young cancer patients from across the province and provides them with the best available treatments.

Today, the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau continues to invest in research and has facilities at all four of Quebec’s university hospitals providing pediatric oncology services: CHU Sainte-Justine, CHUS in Sherbrooke, CHU de Québec and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. As a result, all children with cancer in Quebec are now treated in one of the centres or units named after Charles Bruneau.

Pierre Bruneau has fully committed himself to the foundation since its creation, notably by participating each year in the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. He reached the summit of Kilimanjaro twice, the Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China.