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Hi! My name is George Tsantrizos. ​From 2007-2018, I spent the better part of my life working as a political advisor, often referred to as the backstage of politics. The endless hours of a non-existent schedule; the media, community and government relations; the time away from home; the multiple campaign trails; the hurrays and the boos; the compliments and criticisms; all that and much more were just part of the deal. ​Why do it you say? For the absolute privilege of working with individuals that ceaselessly demonstrated their profound and remarkable desire to contribute to society. ​Here's where I surprise you... Many of those individuals had absolutely nothing to do with the political class. They were community organizers and leaders, businessmen and businesswomen, influencers, volunteers, inspirational men and women. ​Here's the irony... We depended on them as much, if not more, as they depended on us. And the conversations! I think I'll miss those the most! So I figured after all these years, perhaps there's a way to keep those going and share them with you all. Welcome to The Backstage! Hope you enjoy the conversations! ​

Hi! My name is George Tsantrizos. ​From 2007-2018, I spent the better part of my life working as a political advisor, often referred to as the backstage of politics. The endless hours of a non-existent schedule; the media, community and government relations; the time away from home; the multiple campaign trails; the hurrays and the boos; the compliments and criticisms; all that and much more were just part of the deal. ​Why do it you say? For the absolute privilege of working with individuals that ceaselessly demonstrated their profound and remarkable desire to contribute to society. ​Here's where I surprise you... Many of those individuals had absolutely nothing to do with the political class. They were community organizers and leaders, businessmen and businesswomen, influencers, volunteers, inspirational men and women. ​Here's the irony... We depended on them as much, if not more, as they depended on us. And the conversations! I think I'll miss those the most! So I figured after all these years, perhaps there's a way to keep those going and share them with you all. Welcome to The Backstage! Hope you enjoy the conversations! ​
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Hi! My name is George Tsantrizos. ​From 2007-2018, I spent the better part of my life working as a political advisor, often referred to as the backstage of politics. The endless hours of a non-existent schedule; the media, community and government relations; the time away from home; the multiple campaign trails; the hurrays and the boos; the compliments and criticisms; all that and much more were just part of the deal. ​Why do it you say? For the absolute privilege of working with individuals that ceaselessly demonstrated their profound and remarkable desire to contribute to society. ​Here's where I surprise you... Many of those individuals had absolutely nothing to do with the political class. They were community organizers and leaders, businessmen and businesswomen, influencers, volunteers, inspirational men and women. ​Here's the irony... We depended on them as much, if not more, as they depended on us. And the conversations! I think I'll miss those the most! So I figured after all these years, perhaps there's a way to keep those going and share them with you all. Welcome to The Backstage! Hope you enjoy the conversations! ​

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English


Episodes

Episode #8 - Bruny Surin

6/14/2019
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I cannot be more excited about this week’s guest! For many Canadians, but especially for Montrealers, Bruny Surin is a sports icon and an Olympic legend! On this episode we talk about his journey as a very young immigrant from Haiti; his ambition and struggle to become a professional athlete; his exceptional accomplishments as a 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, world champion, Canadian Olympic Hall of Famer and Sports Hall of Famer. We also talk about his continued involvement as a mentor and...

Duration:01:05:13

Episode #7 - Maximilien Roy

5/31/2019
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My guest this week is Maximilien Roy. I met Max while he was starting out his career in politics and witnessed him quickly climb the ranks all the way to the office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Today, he is the CEO of the Association of Youth Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (RJCCQ). We reminisce and discuss a little bit about politics but mostly, we talk about business and entrepreneurship in Quebec. The many challenges and constant changes in the economic/innovative/tech landscapes and...

Duration:01:15:03

Episode #6 - Nectar Economakis

5/17/2019
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My guest today is one of my oldest friends, Nectar Economakis. He is a top executive who runs his very own successful business through which he has helped some of the biggest companies achieve success through his management, marketing and growth strategies. He is one of the smartest people I know with an unbelievable track record in his industry. We talk about his exceptional professional journey and also about some technological trends that are already or will be impacting our lives. I hope...

Duration:00:55:55

Episode #5 - Francesco Miele

5/3/2019
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My guest today is my very good friend Francesco Miele. Frank and I went to College together and as long as I can remember, among his most ambitious aspirations, becoming a lawyer and politician were at the very top of his list! Well, he's done both those things! He became an immigration lawyer and, in 2010, he was elected for the very first time as a Montreal City Councilor for the district of Côte-de-Liesse. He has since been re-elected in 2013 and again in 2017. We discuss the challenges...

Duration:02:31:41

Episode #4 - Nicolas Macrozonaris

4/19/2019
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As you all know, I created this podcast to share conversations with interesting individuals that have a profound desire to contribute to society. My guest today has gone above and beyond just contributing. Nicolas Macrozonaris is a professional athlete and a former Canadian sprinter who went on to represent Canada at two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000; Athens 2004) and many world championships. In this episode we talk about his incredible journey and everything that he has done since in order to...

Duration:01:43:12

Episode #3 - Harold Fortin

4/5/2019
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When it comes to answering the question "What's it like to work in politics?", Harold Fortin is probably the best person to ask. Couldn't be happier to have him on the podcast and to talk about his impressive 14-year career. Despite his very young age, he was among the most revered senior staffers, occupying the positions of communications advisor and deputy chief of staff to many cabinet ministers in the Quebec government. We also talk about the last 4 years during which he was Quebec...

Duration:01:36:25

Episode #2 - Mary Deros

3/22/2019
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On this episode I talk with my very good friend Mary Deros. I grew up watching her grow into politics! And by the time I started my career, she had already established over a decade in public service. Today she is one of the longest serving municipal councilors in Montreal with over 20 years of service! We discuss about how it all began, the things she's most proud of and other hot topics currently in the landscape of Montreal. Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:01:48:48

Episode #1 - Pantelis

3/8/2019
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On this very first episode I welcome my good friend Pantelis to The Backstage Podcast. He's a stand-up comic out of Montreal whose career has completely exploded in the past two years. We talk about how it all started, the different collaborations that have impacted his growth, what he’s currently working on and what he has in store for the future. Enjoy the conversation!

Duration:01:51:27

The Backstage Podcast: Introduction

1/25/2019
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Hi! My name is George Tsantrizos. ​ From 2007-2018, I spent the better part of my life working as a political advisor, often referred to as the backstage of politics. The endless hours of a non-existent schedule; the media, community and government relations; the time away from home; the multiple campaign trails; the hurrays and the boos; the compliments and criticisms; all that and much more were just part of the deal. ​ Why do it you say? For the absolute privilege of working with...

Duration:00:01:48