Stephen Bronfman is a business executive and devoted philanthropist. Mr. Bronfman is the Executive Chairman of Claridge, a Montreal-based private holding company founded in 1987, where he has spent more than 20 years guiding the firm’s investment strategy and seeking out unique business opportunities both locally and globally.
At Claridge, Mr. Bronfman focuses on ventures with solid management and operational credentials, partnering with businesses to achieve long-term value and growth with notable successes, such as: SunOpta -- an early-stage investment in this organic and specialty foods supplier grew exponentially and led to the creation of Claridge Foods. Glutino -- under Claridge’s stewardship, Glutino grew to be the largest gluten-free food company in North America, and was profitably sold in 2011. Lumenpulse -- Claridge made an early stage investment in this global lighting company focused on energy-efficient technology, and the company continues its steep growth rate. NetStar Communications Inc. -- an investment in one of Canada’s leading providers of specialty television channels, with brands like TSN, RDS and Discovery Channel, had almost doubled in value when sold to CTV just a few years later. More recently he has been involved with numerous successful Montreal based residential and real estate developments.
Mr. Bronfman Co-Chairs the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and is the President of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. He also serves as a Director of several non-profit organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture, The David Suzuki Foundation and The Business and Arts committee of Le Conseil des Arts de Montréal.
Claudine Blondin Bronfman is a committed philanthropist and seasoned marketing executive. She worked for 10 years at Molson Coors Brewing Company, most recently as Strategic Marketing Brand Manager-Quebec Division. As Co-Chair of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, Claudine uses her keen business sense and leadership to ensure that the Foundation optimizes its investment in the different projects and causes to which it is committed.
This Foundation, motivated by innovation and creativity, was established to carry out philanthropic activities including support for the arts, the environment, youth entrepreneurship and the Jewish community locally and abroad. She currently serves as Co-Chair of GenJ -- an innovative project in Montreal whose mandate is to strengthen Jewish identity and attachment of future generations. Claudine also sits on the Boards of the Summit School Foundation, C2-MTL and the Public Art Committee of the City of Montreal. She is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her significant contributions and achievements.
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman is Co-Chairman of Andell Holdings, a private investment company and family office with global business and investment interests, which she controls with her husband, Andrew Hauptman. Mrs. Hauptman is also involved in numerous philanthropic pursuits including the oversight of The Hauptman Family Foundation and the Zoe Saidye Hauptman Memorial Fund, and is a Co-Founder and Board Member of City Year Los Angeles, a program that engages 17-24-year-olds from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time community service. She has previously worked in the documentary and feature film world in a producing capacity and as a film buyer for Cineplex Odeon, a North American-based theatrical exhibitor. Mrs. Hauptman is a graduate of Yale University.
Andrew Hauptman is the Chairman of Andell Holdings, a private investment firm and family office with global business and investment interests. Mr. Hauptman has oversight of the firm’s investment, operating and sports and entertainment businesses. He is owner and Chairman of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire and serves on the league’s Board of Governors. Mr. Hauptman is on the Board of Directors of several privately held and publicly traded companies including Storage Mobility, the nation's largest franchisee of Portable On Demand Storage (PODS), and Sports Supply Group, the largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of sporting good products directly to the institutional and team sports marketplace. Mr. Hauptman is dedicated to various philanthropic and civic service efforts; he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Zoe Saidye Hauptman Memorial Fund and The Hauptman Family Foundation, and is Chairman and Co-Founder of City Year Los Angeles, serving as a Trustee on City Year’s National Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Hauptman produces feature films through his production company Andell Entertainment. His film credits include State of Play, Safe Men and Millions. He has served as an executive with Universal Studios in London, playing a key role in the oversight of its international operations of the music and filmed entertainment groups. Early in his career, Mr. Hauptman worked in restructuring and mergers and acquisitions with Alex. Brown & Sons in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Yale University.