Doing Media Differently: Martinus Geleynse of MGI Media breaks the media mold

Martinus Geleynse’s business philosophy is to go where no one else is, and do what no one else is doing.

There’s no question his company MGI Media has done that.

Geleynse came from humble beginnings in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island before his family moved to Flambourough.

His first job was working with the janitors at his father’s church when he was 9. He says he’s been working practically full-time since the sixth grade.

In 2007, Geleynse graduated from Calvin College in Michigan with a BA in Communications Arts and Sciences and in Music. He founded MGI Media just days after walking across the stage — it’s original name World Media Red.

Geleynse traveled the world, pursuing the original business plan of producing media for non-governmental organizations working in international development.

Geleynse has worked in Europe, North and South America, and Africa.


Martinus Geleynse is a man of the world. (Photo supplied by Martinus Geleynse)

He has been recognized with several awards including Most Promising New Filmmaker at the 24 Hours of Nuremberg (Germany) festival in 2005, the 2010 Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and the 2013 Top 40 under 40 by the Business Link Media Group.

After settling back in Hamilton, Geleynse and MGI Media started the Hamilton 24 Film Festival, and in 2011 launched Urbanicity magazine. Both have garnered success in the city.

Geleynse says when he started his company seven years ago, no one was paying attention to Hamilton, and that is why he chose to base his company here. He could tell that the city was right on the cusp of change.

Scott Summerhayes

Scott Summerhayes isn’t originally from Hamilton but has settled in quite nicely at Mohawk College’s Journalism program. Since enrolling he has earned the role of newsroom assistant for the program, spearheading many projects. Scott will be joining the team at CBC Hamilton as an intern in February.

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