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Professor Paul Hoffert


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Professor Paul Hoffert

Juno Award Winner and Artistic Visionary

Paul Hoffert is a visionary with the logical mind of a mathematician and the soul of an artist.

He is Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Research Professor at Sheridan College, Fine Arts Professor at York University, and Chair of the Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers.

By the time he was twenty-six, Hoffert was already an established jazz recording artist, television performer, author of an off-Broadway musical, film composer, and had studied mathematics and physics at the University of Toronto. That same year, (1969) he co-founded Lighthouse, the first rock group to feature jazz horns and classical strings. Lighthouse sold millions of records, toured the world and earned three Juno Awards as Canada’s # 1 pop band between 1971-1973. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

In 1975 Hoffert focused on composing film and television music, and penned dozens of feature film and hundreds of television program scores. His film music earned him a San Francisco Film Festival and three SOCAN Film Composer of the Year awards. His concert music includes a Juno-award winning violin concerto that is performed regularly by symphony orchestras.

Hoffert was Chair of the Ontario Arts Council from 1994-1997, was a founder of CIRPA – the Canadian Independent Record Production Association, and of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He was President of the Academy in 1981 and 1982. In 2001 he received the Pixel award as the New Media industry’s “Visionary of the Year”.

Hoffert has parallel achievements in science and technology. He was at the National Research Council of Canada in the early 1970s and returned to research in 1988 as Vice President of DHJ Research, where he invented digital audio technology for Newbridge Microsystems telephone circuits, Mattel Cabbage Patch Dolls, and Akai and Yamaha musical instruments.

In 1992,Hoffert founded CulTech Research Centre at York University, where he developed advanced new media such as digital video telephones and networked distribution of CD-ROMs. From 1994 to 1999, he directed Intercom Ontario, a $100 million trial of the world’s first completely connected broadband community that landed him on the cover of the Financial Post and in the Wall Street Journal.

He presents his visions for the Digital Age in three best-selling books: “The New Client”, “All Together Now”, and “The Bagel Effect”, which detail recipes for living in the Information Age.

Hoffert is known for expecting the unexpected. The Financial Post describes him as one of the New Mandarins along with Bill Gates. His incisive thinking brings clarity to complex issues and his lively presenations make him a favourite with audiences everywhere.


  • Author of All Together Now: Creating Community In A Digital Age and The Bagel Effect: A Compass to Navigate Our Wired World
  • Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at York University, and Director of CulTech Research Centre
  • Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, President of Intecom Ontario, the Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers, Smart Toronto, and of the SOCAN Foundation
  • Former Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, Founder of the Canadian Independent Recording Producers Association, President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Director of Canada’s Performing Rights Organization and Executive Producer of the Gemini Awards TV broadcasts.
  • Recipient of San Francisco Film Festival, Genie, Gemini, Clio, and SOCAN Film/TV Composer Awards. Recipient of Juno Awards for both rock (Best Group, Outstanding Performance), and classical music (Hoffert Violin Concerto)
  • Member of Canadian Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Comments from Audience

“Thank you for your fascinating presentations . . .
you were entertaining and insightful, no easy task at 7:30AM!”


What Paul Hoffert Talks About:

  • All Together Now: Creating Community In A Digital Age
  • The Bagel Effect
  • People Cause Change, Not Technology
  • Innovation in the Global Economy
  • Enabling Global Business Through Technology
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