The Honourable George Lester Tuccaro, O.N.W.T.
Commissioner of the Northwest Territories
Broadcaster (Ret'd) and Member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation
George Tuccaro was sworn in as the 16th Commissioner of the Northwest Territories in May 2010.
In 1971, he began his long and distinguished career as a Broadcaster for CBC North Radio in Yellowknife.
In 1979, he went to work for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs as a Communications Officer in Ottawa. There, he hosted the very first National Media Relations Seminar for the Federal Department.
In 1981, Mr. Tuccaro returned to public broadcasting as a Coordinator of Aboriginal Languages Programming. He worked to recruit and develop aboriginal language talent, training Slavey, Chipewyan and Tlicho language reporters for CBC North Radio. He also produced an international award-winning radio documentary on teen suicide in Canada’s North, winning the coveted “Gabriel Award.”
In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Tuccaro worked as the Coordinator of the Cultural Industries Program, and established a Northwest Territories booking agency for northern performing artists. He organized a variety of pan-northern cultural events, which attracted popular performers.
Between 1991 and 2002, Mr. Tuccaro returned to the airwaves as the host of the CBC North Radio afternoon program “Trails End”. He also anchored “Northbeat”, the first northern daily current affairs television program.
Mr. Tuccaro retired from broadcasting in 2002, forming GLT Communications, a company he founded to assist in hosting major events in the North. The home based company grew to include workshop presentations on issues such as healthy lifestyles, grief and loss, suicide prevention, and the negative fallout from residential schools and on to personal empowerment.
He has also served on the Northwest Territories Arts Council where he helped to raise over half a million dollars in program funds for Northern Artists. He served on the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Cultural Enhancement Committee, as a Juno Awards category juror, and on the VANOC Winter Olympics 2010 Opening/Closing Ceremony Planning Committee.
Mr. Tuccaro is a recipient of many accolades which include: the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal for his work as a humanitarian, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2006 for Media & Communications, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He has also been made a Knight of the Order of St. John and St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. In 2015, Mr. Tuccaro was named as the first Chancellor and the first recipient of the newly created Order of the Northwest Territories.
Mr. Tuccaro and his wife, Marilyn, have been married since 1972 and have two adult children and 2 beautiful granddaughters.