Valerie Pringle

Award-Winning Television Broadcaster

Valerie Pringle was one of Canada’s most accomplished and popular television hosts. Selected as one of the “Fifty Famous Faces of Fifty Years of Canadian Television,” by the Banff Television Foundation, her astute questions and charming wit make her an outstanding moderator, host, or featured speaker for any type of event.

Pringle started her career at the age of 19 as a student reporter with CFRB Radio in Toronto after graduating from Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson in 1974. In 1985, she helped launch the highly successful CBC TV news and current affairs program, Midday. After eight years of hosting at the CBC, Valerie began co-hosting CTV’s Canada AM, and was the co-host of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.

Pringle has worked as a freelance journalist and produced and hosted many series and documentaries including: Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building, The Canadian Antiques Roadshow, Test of Faith, Rude: Where Are Your Manners?, After the Fall and Kilimanjaro: The Meaning of the Mountain. She was awarded an Honourary Doctorate from Ryerson University and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006 for her contributions to the communications field and philanthropy.

As a volunteer, Pringle is co-Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and a member of the Foundation Boards for The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The Ontario Brain Institute, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation. She is also the spokesperson for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

Growth is the Only Evidence of Life: A Career Path

Valerie Pringle will describe how she began her career in journalism on radio and television while balancing a busy home life with three children.  She will describe the arc that led her from broadcasting to the non-for-profit world where she now volunteers as a Board Member and fundraiser and who her heroes and inspiration have been.  How do we manage and embrace change and who are the examples of this? She will talk about making transitions and figuring out when to leave and what is worth spending your time on.  She now works very hard as an advocate fighting for improved treatment and access to care for the mentally ill  and addicted and against stigma which prevents 2/3 of the people with mental illness and 90% of people with addictions from seeking help.  As well Valerie is working to connect the Trans Canada Trail, a 23,000 km recreational Trail from coast to coast to coast for Canada’s 150th birthday.

Life Lessons and the Ring of Truth: My 5 Favourite Interviews and What They Taught Me

Valerie Pringle shares the five favourite interviews she’s conducted in her extensive career with some of the world’s most celebrated personalities in the fields of television, the arts, religion and social activism. Valerie describes the lessons and insights she took away from these conversations, and how we can all learn from their words of wisdom. She also relates stories of the wonderful and not-so-wonderful people she interviewed and why we all need (s)heroes in our lives.

Why I Am Advocate for Mental Health (Give your Head a Shake)

Valerie explains why she chose to become a mental health advocate:

  • What was her daughter Catherine’s experience of mental illness?
  • How did she get help and how does her daughter look back on the experience now?
  • What has Valerie learned from helping her daughter after being what she describes as “pretty clueless” for many years as to what Catherine was experiencing?
  • Why does she feel people are hungering for honesty and openness as stigma around mental illness is as damaging as ever?
  • Why is the shame so great and what will make it better?
  • What are the most important lessons she has learned about dealing with mental illness and addiction?

Valerie speaks with honesty, concern and humour about going public about mental illness and the difference it has made in her life, and shares four key pieces of advice for those suffering in mental illness or supporting loved ones as they go through it.

Valerie’s daughter, Catherine, joins her for this talk when she is available.

Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building...

As the former host of Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building, Valerie had the unique opportunity to travel to some of the world’s most interesting places. Using video clips from some of her favourite trips, Valerie discusses the wonder and importance of travel.