January 26, 2019 3:33 pm

This week on ‘Focus Montreal’: Jan. 26

Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo, right, shakes hands Kevin Gilmore following a news conference in Montreal, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, announcing Gilmore as the new President and CEO of the MLS soccer club.


Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to the people who are shaping our community by bringing their stories into focus.

The program airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as well as Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week.

Kevin Gilmore becomes president of the Montreal Impact

For the first time since its founding, the Montreal Impact has a new president. It’s a major leadership change for the team who have been led so far by its founder and owner, Joey Saputo.

Saputo announced that he is handing over his responsibilities to long-time hockey executive Kevin Gilmore.

READ MORE: Kevin Gilmore takes over for Joey Saputo as president of Montreal Impact

Gilmore takes over as president at a pivotal time for North American soccer. The league is more than double the size it was when it launched and the quality of teams has steadily risen since the Impact joined the league in 2012.

Jamie Orchard sits down with Gilmore to discuss his vision for the team.

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Russia Rising: an investigative podcast

Russia has been accused of using trolls, hackers and even assassins to influence the West. For months, Global’s Jeff Semple has been digging into these issues and compiled his findings into a podcast called “Russia Rising.”

READ MORE: This is why Russian trolls could influence Canada’s federal election

Jamie Orchard talks to Semple about the process of unraveling the mystery of Russia, in which he interviewed a former Russian KGB spy who trained with Vladimir Putin and even trolls and hackers.

The podcast is available as of Monday, January 28 on several podcast platforms.

READ MORE: The ‘Putin Generation’: How Vladimir Putin has won over Russia’s youth

Montreal talent in the Oscar run

Two Montreal filmmakers are being recognized for their talent with an Oscar nod.

READ MORE: Canadians at the 2019 Oscars: ‘Bao,’ ‘Animal Behaviour’ among nominees

Jérémy Comte’s Fauve and Marianne Farley’s Marguerite were officially nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Live Action Short.

Both filmmakers will be heading to Hollywood for the awards in February, but before they take off, they sit down with Jamie Orchard to discuss their films and their journey to the Oscars.

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