Delmar is the co-founder of TNKR Media, a public relations consultant and occasional political commentator. He is a former journalist and editor with nearly 20 years’ experience in print, radio, television and digital media. Delmar contributes to Bell Media outlets like CJAD 800 Montreal, Newstalk 1010 Toronto and CTV News Channel; his recent writings can be found in Postmedia newspapers like the National Post and Montreal Gazette. When off-duty, Dan enjoys cooking, cycling or hiking in Quebec’s Laurentian mountains, and tending to his canine daughter, Poppy.
A native of Quebec’s Pays-d’En-Haut region, Delmar’s career in journalism began in 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 whistle-blower who would go on to cooperate with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in investigating contractors who defrauded the federal government.
While pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism (Concordia University, 2006), Delmar covered municipal politics in Montreal, focusing particularly on issues relating to corruption, housing and nationalism. 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. After obtaining the equivalent of a marketing minor, he began freelance work as an advertising copywriter for small businesses in addition to news reporting.
By 2005, Delmar branched out into broadcasting, co-hosting weekly with clinical psychologist Dr. Laurie Betito on Montreal’s CJAD radio. This was followed by a part-time gigs as a traffic and 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 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 blog 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, a PR and content firm that is the successor to the Provocateur consultancy he 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 executive producer of media projects.