Stursberg was born in London, England and grew up in New York in the same
neighbourhood as Fifty Cent, the distinguished rapper and social
critic. He went to university in Canada, France and the United Kingdom. For most of
his adult life, he has been involved with media. He has been Assistant
Deputy Minister, Culture and Broadcasting at the Federal Department
of Communications, President of the Canadian Cable Television Association,
Chairman of the Canadian Television Fund, Executive Director of
Telefilm Canada (the national film financing agency) and Executive Vice
President of English Services at the CBC.
He has been
variously described as “brilliant,” “bad,” “overbearing,” “charming,”
“Machiavellian” and “unpleasant.” Those who know him best agree with
spare time, he teaches his dog odd tricks, reads Flaubert and collects Canadian
paintings. He currently sits on the Board of the Canadian Film Centre. He lives in Toronto.