A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series: Stephen Bronfman: connecting the environment as citizen, philanthropist and businessman

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 18:00to19:00
Raymond Building R2-045, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St Anne de Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CA

Please join us for the A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series Seminar, featuring this year's guest, Mr. Stephen Bronfman.

The A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honour of McGill’s Chancellor Emeritus. M. de Grandpré, who served as Chancellor from 1984-1991, was a long-standing member of the McGill Board of Governors and one of Canada’s pre-eminent and most distinguished business leaders. An astute and visionary administrator, he brought these skills, together with his wisdom, clarity of thought, and persuasive logic, to the highest levels of leadership at McGill University.

The presentation is from 18h00 - 19h00; light refreshments will be served following the presentation. RSVP is required.

Please RSVP by March 19 to development.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca

For information, please contact Anna Duff  |  Phone: 514-398-7852  |  Email: anna.duff [at] mcgill.ca


Stephen Bronfman is a business executive, devoted philanthropist, and engaged citizen.

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.    

Currently, as co-chair of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, both Claudine and Stephen use their keen business sense and leadership to ensure that the Foundation optimizes its investment in its different projects and causes, including support for the arts, the environment, youth entrepreneurship and the Jewish community locally and abroad. Mr. Bronfman is involved in the community, and among his current engagements he is the president of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, and serves as a Director of several non-profit organizations including the Canadian Centre for Architecture , B2ten and the organizing committee of the  2017 Celebrations of the 375th year of the founding of Montreal.

An avid organic farmer in the Laurentians, Stephen Bronfman directed major renovations to his Montreal residence that was LEED certified - a first for Canada.  He has also encouraged and led new and innovative actions in the environmental field. Among these, the award winning C-Vert project has allowed more than 700 teenagers throughout Quebec to become environmental leaders in inner city neighbourhoods, while “Nature Days” celebrates urban biodiversity for all throughout Quebec.  The Foundation sponsored the Discovery Panels environmental education project on the Trans-Canada Trail.  In Israel his leadership has led to projects protecting coral reefs and implementing a national bike trail as well as a water preservation project with Israeli and Palestinian youth.  Stephen Bronfman has been a longtime board member of The David Suzuki Foundation where, among other initiatives, he spearheaded the climate action advocacy leading to Canada's signing on to the Kyoto accord.

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