Area of ExpertiseBusiness Reporter
Irene Galea is a business reporter for The Globe and Mail's Report on Business, based in Toronto. Since joining The Globe in 2021, her coverage has included the telecommunications and cannabis industries, personal finance and real estate.
Her enterprise reporting has resulted in an immediate impact to Canadians' access to public information as part of the Rogers-Shaw takeover. As well, it has has highlighted inequality in telecommunications service in Iqaluit; held companies to account for unfulfilled corporate commitments to hire Ukrainian refugees; and shed light on the lasting impact of century-old real estate policies. Irene is part of a team of four Globe journalists reporting on the Black North Initiative CEO Pledge, a five-year commitment made by 400 Canadian CEOs to hire and promote more Black employees. She is a frequent contributor to The Globe's Amplify newsletter, which highlights female voices.
Prior to joining The Globe, Irene reported on business and real estate for the National Post and Financial Post, and wrote for the National Trust for Canada and the Canadian Museums Association. Her short documentary, Balance, was broadcast nationally by CBC as part of the Absolutely Canadian series. Irene has appeared as a guest on news boradcasts and The Globe's podcast to provide analysis of business stories, and as a moderator of live panel discussions.
Irene holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, where she received the University Medal for her class. She is currently completing a Masters of Building History from the University of Cambridge, with a focus on medieval buildings and the evolution of Toronto's nineteenth-century bank architecture.
Years in Journalism
Years at The Globe and Mail
Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University
Masters of Studies in Building History, University of Cambridge
Honours & Awards
SABEW Honorable Mention, Features, 2021: “Restaurant Woes” with Susan Krashinsky Robertson and Chris Hannay
SABEW Silver, 2023: “Toronto’s housing crisis of 1922 was rooted in policies that still make homes unaffordable in 2022”
Canadian Securities Course