Dan Delmar is a media producer, public relations consultant and the co-founder of TNKR Media. He is a former journalist and copywriter with over 15 years’ experience in print, radio, television and digital press. On occasion, Delmar’s political commentary can be found on Bell Media outlets like CJAD Montreal, Newstalk 1010 Toronto and CTV News Channel, as well as in publications like the Montreal Gazette and Quillette Magazine.
A native of Quebec’s Pays-d’En-Haut region, Delmar’s career in journalism began around 2001, shortly after moving to Montreal to study Cinema and Communications (Dawson College, 2002). He served as editor of the college newspaper, The Plant, and his first scoop, published nationally through Canadian University Press, revealed how Canadian tobacco firms once developed marketing strategies aimed at children, some barely in their teens.
In 2002, Delmar joined The Suburban, Quebec’s largest English-language weekly newspaper, and moved into news and politics the following year, covering what was dubbed the “Sponsorship Scandal.” This included a string of exclusive reports featuring an advertising industry whistleblower who would go on to cooperate with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in investigating executives who defrauded the federal government.
While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism (Concordia University, 2006), Delmar covered municipal politics in Montreal at the borough and, later, central city level. He has covered every municipal, provincial and federal election since 2001, first as a journalist and now as an analyst, specializing in public relations and Quebec politics.
By 2005, Delmar branched out into broadcasting, co-hosting weekly with clinical psychologist Dr. Laurie Betito on Montreal’s CJAD 800 radio. This was followed by a part-time gig as a traffic reporter, and later news reporter. Since 2008, he has been a guest host on CJAD and has also contributed to sister station Newstalk 1010 Toronto as both a host and commentator.
As a broadcaster, Delmar shares with CJAD colleagues in a national Radio Television Digital News Association award (2014) for breaking news coverage of a terrorist attack on Canada’s parliament building; he also anchored on-location coverage during the aftermath of Quebec’s Lac Mégantic rail disaster, the resignations of two Montreal mayors, and several other national news events.
After a decade’s work as a journalist, Delmar moved into political commentary. In 2008, he was named managing editor of The Métropolitain, a bilingual arts and commentary journal published by the Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal. By 2012, still in his twenties, he became a weekly columnist on Quebec affairs for Canada’s National Post. He would also contribute to Postmedia’s Full Comment website and Montreal Gazette newspaper in similar capacities.
It was as a commentator that he was first to break one of the most publicized news items in Quebec history, a political scandal involving a language inspector’s “excess of zeal” dubbed Pastagate. About one year after the scandal, Delmar’s business was targeted by the same language authority. The matter was settled amicably but the experience led him to renew the focus of his writing on institutions that promote ethnic-based nationalism.
In 2016, Delmar co-founded TNKR Media, successor to the public relations consultancy Provocateur that Delmar co-founded in 2011, with an expanded focus on native content for business, including podcasting. In recent years, he has scaled back his political commentary work in favour of his role as TNKR’s lead consultant and co-creator of several media brands, including the international hit podcast Wrongspeak.