Stephen Bronfman is a businessman and philanthropist born in Montreal, Quebec. For the last 15 years, Stephen has been working at Claridge Inc., a private holding company founded in 1987 by his father, Charles Bronfman. He was named President and CEO of Claridge Inc. in 2007 and is expected to hold the role of Chairman of the Board, September 1st, 2011. Before working at Claridge Inc., Stephen Bronfman occupied a variety of positions within the Montreal Expos Baseball Club. In 1990, he joined Claridge Properties Ltd., the real estate arm of Claridge Inc. and later moved to implementing a program focusing on Claridge’s investment opportunities in the sports, entertainment, broadcasting and communications fields.
Under Stephen Bronfman’s leadership, the program yielded successful ventures such as NetStar Communications Inc. and TNA International Ltd. Mr. Bronfman was also the one who initiated the partnership with world-leading music promoter, Michael Cohl – the man behind the sold-out 2002-2003, Rolling Stones Forty Licks tour, the 2005-2007 Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang tour, as well as Dick Clark Productions – which led to the creation of Grand Entertainment Ltd. In 2001, Mr. Bronfman spearheaded the creation of Claridge Foods, an initiative to develop a large, high growth food platform composed of premium brands and manufacturing assets. One of Claridge’s most successful investments in this area was with SunOpta, an important, publically-traded supplier of organic ingredients. Mr. Bronfman has also been an active Board member of several organizations, including The Seagram Company Ltd. and the Executive Committee of the Montreal Expos Baseball Club. Today, he sits on the Boards of The David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture as well as B2Ten, a privately funded, CRA registered, charitable organization operating as a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. Stephen and his wife Claudine are Co-Chairs of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation established to carry out philanthropic activities including support for the arts, the environment, youth entrepreneurship and the Jewish community, locally and abroad. Mr. Bronfman is also President of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, the family’s oldest foundation. Mr. Bronfman resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife Claudine Blondin-Bronfman and their four children.