Ron Bremner was born in Hamilton, Ontario where he attended Hillfield-Strathallan College. He graduated from the University of Guelph where he majored in history and English and quarterbacked the varsity football team.
After a short stint in the life insurance business, Ron found his calling in broadcast sales. Starting at Standard Broadcast Sales in Toronto, Ron represented some of the top radio stations in the country, including CFRB Toronto, CJAD Montreal and CKNW Vancouver.
In 1974 Ron was recruited to move to Vancouver and joined the top rated CKNW/CFMI retail sales team, selling retail advertising for 5 years before being promoted to Sales
Manager, then Vice-President/General Manager and finally President/General Manager. In all, Ron spent 16 years at CKNW/CFMI radio stations and for 5 consecutive years from 1985-1990 Ron’s team led the stations to record profits each year.
In 1990 head office asked Ron to take the reins of BCTV, the flagship of Western International Communications (now owned by Global). While Ron was President/CEO of BCTV between 1990 and 1996 the station earned record profits each year and led the way in many innovations including Canada’s first simultaneous news translation into Cantonese as well as Canada’s first extended Saturday morning television newscasts.
In 1996 Ron was recruited and accepted the challenging role of President/CEO of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League and the Saddledome facility. Season tickets and the Canadian dollar were both at an all-time low and the hockey teams’ on ice fortunes were just as challenged.
Under Ron’s leadership, both the business and hockey aspects of the organization were completely rebuilt. Ron remained with the club for 5 years through 2001, consolidating the business side of the operation, adding the Hitmen junior team to the mix, dramatically increasing season ticket sales, while creating new and exciting sponsorship and promotions opportunities. Ron’s innovative approach to sports marketing was the subject of feature articles in many magazines including Canadian Business.
After leaving the Flames, Ron and his wife Gail embarked on a 2 year sabbatical spending extended periods of time in France, Italy and New Zealand. Additionally, Ron returned to University at Laval in Quebec City to take French immersion.
In 2002, Ron returned to his eastern roots with his wife Gail and formed the Gold Medal Consulting Group in King City, just north of Toronto. Gold Medal Consulting focuses on leadership training, management consulting and motivational speaking.
In late 2004, Ron completed an extended consulting project in Manhattan as Chairman/CEO
of Professional Sports Publications (PSP), New York, New York on behalf of Larry Tanenbaum's Kilmer Van Nostrand.
PSP was one of America's pre-eminent publishers of game day magazines whose client list
included the likes of the New York Yankees, Notre-Dame Football, the Super Bowl and a host
of other professional and College teams.
Subsequent to the PSP project, Ron has done two additional projects for
Larry Tanenbaums' group, serving as Vice-Chairman of Insight Sports in the
Digital Broadcasting field and as Chairman/CEO of Unisync (one of
Canada's premier companies in the corporate apparel business).
Ron Bremner loves people and he believes that everyone at every level can make a difference in a company; he also believes passionately that everyone has a role to play in the success of the organization.
Ron also believes that just as each employee can help make a profit, similarly each employee
can help make a difference; a difference in their company, a difference in their community and a
difference in the lives of their fellow employee.
Ron was Chairman of the Canadian Television Board for 2 consecutive terms and was elected into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2000. Additionally he was named BC’s Broadcaster of the Year in 1996 and that same year he was awarded Variety Club’s highest distinction, the Golden Heart Award for Community Service. Ron was a recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Award for Community Service in 2007. He currently serves on the Board of the St. Michael’s Hospital President’s Advisory Council (Toronto).
Ron is currently Coaching/Mentoring a number of high-profile Canadian Executives in different areas of the country, working with each to try and help them focus on various areas of personal growth and development in an effort to get them to the next level and beyond. Ron has been profiled in a number of newspaper and magazine articles over the years as well as having been featured in a major article in Canadian Business Magazine. He has been a frequent guest on the CTV show 'Off The Record' with Michael Landsberg as well as being a regular contributor to Broadcast Dialogue Magazine. He is also working on a book entitled, 'LIfe and Leadership Lessons from The Wizard of Oz'.
Ron and his wife Gail and English Doodle dog 'Beanz' reside in King City, Ontario. He has one son, Mark, who lives in Vancouver.