From Miss Canada to MuchMusic VJ to
Celebrity Interviewer & TV Producer to Acclaimed Author
Juliette Powell is a Canadian television host, producer and author. She was the Miss Canada titleholder in 1989, and was the contest’s first ever Black Canadian winner.
Powell, a fluently bilingual anglophone Montrealer, was born in Manhattan, New York and moved to Montreal with her French-Canadian mother at the age of eight. She studied Commerce here at Vanier College, graduating in 1992.
Juliette originally entered the Miss Canada pageant at her boyfriend’s suggestion, after expressing her anger at a media comment suggesting that a woman of colour could never win a beauty contest.
After her reign as Miss Canada, including representing the country at Miss Universe 1989, Powell joined MusiquePlus in 1992 as a VJ, while also studying finance and business at McGill University. She was host of MusiquePlus’ weekly dance music show, Bouge de là! until 1996.
That year, she moved to Toronto, transferring to MuchMusic and becoming host of Electric Circus and French Kiss, while also studying economics at the University of Toronto.
In 1999, Powell began working for CablePulse 24 as a business reporter and founded media and consulting company Powell International Entertainment Inc. (PIE Inc.) which produced features with personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Sir Richard Branson, Tim Burton, and Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Rosie O’Donnell and Prince Charles.
In 2001, she co-authored the media section for the UN Plan of Action.
She is author of the 2008 book 33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence and Run a Successful Business using Social Networking (Financial Times Press, ISBN 9780137154357).
Read some of the rave reviews about her book.
More About Juliette Powell
- Juliette co-founded the Gathering Think Tank in 2002, an innovation forum that connects technology, media, entertainment, advertising and business communities. We currently focus on media and social media consulting.
- She live blogged the presidential inauguration for HuffingtonPost.com and have been writing for them regularly ever since. The archive is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/juliette-powell/
- Juliette says that students are welcome to reach out to her on facebook and twitter: twitter.com/juliettepowell