I arrive at 1170 Peel Street, headquarters of Claridge, the private investment firm that represents the interests of the Stephen Bronfman family. I wait in the lobby. Bronfman himself comes to greet me. As I take in his ready smile, firm handshake, and upbeat manner, it is obvious that this man is a people person: friendly, outgoing, and gregarious. Not only that, he speaks polished French, never switching to the language of business. Which is just as well, because we are not here to talk about work, but about his passions.
Music is playing as I enter Richard Petit’s house. We sit down at a table next to some speakers and I press “record” on my phone. I should probably ask him to shut down the Bang & Olufsen sound system during the interview, but asking the owner of KébecSon to turn off music in his own home seems as inappropriate as asking Ricardo to turn off his oven!
On June 3, 2019, Vogue Magazine featured an article about Thierry-Maxime Loriot, a brilliant curator from the world of fashion, who was born in Quebec City in 1976. In it, journalist Suzy Menkes calls him "Canada's Museum Magician," praising his exhibition on the work of Jean Paul Gauthier, which was seen by over 2 million people. If I mention all this, it is so you can appreciate the importance of the man I am interviewing via Zoom.
Sitting in the groupe CH boardroom, I am waiting for France Margaret Bélanger, the Montreal Canadiens' executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
L'Essentiel par MF
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