Word & Deeds Leadership Award

June 20, 2023

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Oval Room, Ritz-Carlton Montreal
1218 Sherbrooke West

Business dress
Kashruth observed


Please confirm your plans to attend by filling out the form found here or contacting:

RSVP / Donate

Élaine Lalonde
[email protected]
1 514 947-9072 

W&D Chairs

Stephen Bronfman
& Claudine Blondin Bronfman




O.C., O.Q.

Honouree 2023

André Desmarais is Deputy Chairman of Power Corporation, a position he has held since 2008.  He previously served as President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation from 1996 until his retirement in February 2020. Many cultural, health, and other not-for-profit organizations have benefited from his commitment, involvement, and dedication. He has played key roles in a number of fundraising campaigns, including those of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Heart Institute, the Montreal General Hospital, Leucan, the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Cancer Society, Centraide of Greater Montreal and the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation. He is Chairman of the Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard, a member of the Chairman’s International Advisory Council of the Americas Society, Honourary Chairman of the Canada China Business Council, a member of the Trilateral Commission and of several China-based organizations.    

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Honouree 2023

A dedicated philanthropist and lifelong volunteer, France Chrétien Desmarais is Chair of the Board of TES h2 Canada Inc., a founding member and Executive President of Precinomics Health Solutions Canada Inc, and she currently sits on numerous Boards in the health, research and social development sector.  She is Co-chair of the Riopelle Centennial celebrations, as well as the Founding Chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. She was recently President of the Board of Directors of the Society for the celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Aiming to positively impact society, she leverages her business knowledge by supporting diverse organizations in shaping their foundations, business models, financial structures and diversifying their talents.

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Honourary Patron

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, PC OM CC QC

Honourary Co-Chairs

Larry Tanenbaum, O.C., & Judy Tanenbaum

Words & Deeds Chairs

Stephen Bronfman & Claudine Blondin Bronfman

Fundraising Chairs

Brenda Gewurz

Jonathan Goldbloom

Fundraising Committee

Gail Adelson-Marcovitz, Chair, CIJA National Board

Marvin Corber, C.M.

Paul Genest

David Goodman

Jonathan Goodman

Joel King, SMV

Tasso Lagios

Susan Laxer

Joseph Paperman

Joel Reitman, C.M.

Stephen Reitman

Martin Rosenthal, Local Partner Council, Quebec

Emmelle Segal

About Words & Deeds

The CIJA Words & Deeds Leadership Award is presented annually by Canada’s Jewish community, recognizing Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to Canada. Every year, guests from all sectors gather to honour those leaders who, through their Words & Deeds, have truly made a difference to the wellbeing of all Canadians. This year, we are delighted to honour the Words and Deeds of France Chrétien Desmarais and André Desmarais.