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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!

The Backstage Podcast George Tsantrizos

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

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!

    Episode #61 - Ingrid Ravary-Konopka

    Episode #61 - Ingrid Ravary-Konopka

    My guest today is Ingrid Ravary-Konopka. I had the enormous pleasure and opportunity to work quite closely with Ingrid while she was the director of Justin Trudeau’s riding office since his very first election. On this episode we go over some of the things that inspired her to pursue that career, the highs and lows and everything in between. We also talk about her life post politics and how different and somewhat more normal that life can be. I hope you enjoy this conversation!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode #60 - Dr. Julian Spencer-Churchill

    Episode #60 - Dr. Julian Spencer-Churchill

    My guest today is Julian Spencer-Churchill. He is quite frankly the reason I remained in the Political Science program at Concordia University. His Strategic Studies courses were absolutely mesmerizing and I couldn’t think of anyone better to explain what is happening on the ground in Ukraine. In addition to being an incredible University professor, Julian is an author, the Chairperson of the Canadian Center for Strategic Studies and has been a key advisor to the Canadian government and intelligence services on Pakistan. His principal research focus is on arms racing and its impact on war causation, the sharing of nuclear weapons, naval strategy, and military doctrine and planning. His field research has included work at the US Pentagon and State Department, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, and most frequently, Pakistan.
    I hope you enjoy this conversation!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode #59 - The War In Ukraine with Dr. Marios Efthymiopoulos

    Episode #59 - The War In Ukraine with Dr. Marios Efthymiopoulos

    My guest today is an old friend that I haven’t seen nor spoken to in a fairly long time. Marios Efthymiopoulos is the President of Strategy International, as well as an academic specializing in strategy and security, crisis management, EU and NATO affairs and foreign policy and diplomacy, just to name a few. I asked him to come on the podcast and share his wealth of knowledge while discussing the recent developments in Ukraine following the Russian invasion. I hope you enjoy this conversation!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode #58 - Elyas Felfoul

    Episode #58 - Elyas Felfoul

    My guest today is someone I’ve been trying to get on the podcast for a while! Elyas Felfoul is an old friend and former colleague who quickly climbed the ranks in Quebec politics and while he was at - what some may describe as - his peak, he decided to completely turn the page and seek new horizons that have brought him to all corners of the world. He is the Director of Policy Development & Partnerships at WISE and he spends quite a bit of time researching, promoting and exposing new ways of educating our future generations. On this episode we talk about his days in Quebec City, the decision to leave it all behind as well as all the work he’s done with WISE. I hope you enjoy this conversation!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode #57 - Despina Sourias

    Episode #57 - Despina Sourias

    My guest today is my very good friend Despina Sourias. She was very recently elected as Montreal City Councillor for the district of Loyola. On this episode we talk about her first campaigning experience, her background and the reasons that motivated her to pursue a career in politics, as well as some challenges that lay ahead during this 4-year mandate. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

    • 46 min
    Episode #56 (FR) - Victor Henriquez

    Episode #56 (FR) - Victor Henriquez

    The Backstage Podcast - Édition Élections 2021

    Mon invité aujourd'hui est Victor Henriquez. Il est le fondateur de Public Stratégies et Conseils et ensemble nous discutons de la politique, des élections, des débats des chefs et à quoi s'attendre d'ici la fin de la campagne. Bon balado tout le monde!

    • 44 min

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