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.
Celebrating their first year of marriage, Samuel St-Germain and Marie-France Houle are fulfilled in their passion, both in love and in their professional lives. Samuel has always had an affinity for the mountains. He worked in bars for many years before finding his true calling in the business world, ultimately making his mark as the owner of Ski Lachance in 2020. Marie-France, equipped with a degree in history and French literature, opted to heed the call of plants by producing organic flowers, herbs, and vegetables in the family business, FLO in Saint-Eustache. A warm and dynamic couple with infectious enthusiasm.
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For over a century, French luxury jewelry and watchmaking company Van Cleef & Arpels has been creating bold, elegant treasures to adorn women of style.
With the spirit of a marathoner, Jean Bédard has helped develop an entire generation of Quebec businesspeople and restaurateurs who, like him, focus on local talent.
A graduate of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine, where she is now a clinical supervisor in endocrinology, Dr. Gabrielle Landry, who also trained in vulvovaginal dermatology in Paris, has opened a centre of expertise in hormone therapy.
Two Montréal physicians, Dr. Joanne Alfieri and Dr. Tarek Hijal hope to raise awareness—and essential funding—to make a real difference for thousands of Canadian women diagnosed with breast or gynecological-related cancer. Their Program for Women’s Cancer Research’s third annual fundraiser, La Roche-Posay’s Ride at La Grande Roue for a good cause, is taking place September 19 and is sure to be an event to remember.
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An experienced player in the hospitality industry, Sean O’Donnell is a master in the art of receiving guests. However, this easygoing executive prefers treasured conversations with close, long-time friends to the hubbub of large-scale events.
Art provokes, transforms, innovates, and when two creative minds such asDavid Usher and Nicolas Massey come together, the outcome is apparent in their creations.
Montréal-born John M. Faratro is managing partner of The Agency Montréal, a global real estate brokerage. In 2010, he founded Struktur Real Estate Developments, which creates beautiful urban living spaces; nine years later, he acquired the SVN master franchise for all of Quebec, opening Montréal’s first commercial real estate agency. Involved in major philanthropic projects, Faratro also enjoys skiing, fishing, and cooking for his family.
Antonio Merulla showed real acumen when he developed his first rising crust pizza business and again when he became a partner in Oggi, a maker of gluten-free pizza. Still guided by his incredible instincts, today he brings family and friends together over wonderful meals and spoils them with his taste for the good life.
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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!
The real estate market remains a priority for Don Kottick, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, who relies on a fiery group to help him. A man of teamwork, heart, and culture, he also knows how to stop and admire the sunrises over Lake Huron and the beauty of Paris, France.
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