Claridge group involving Montreal businessman Stephen Bronfman attends Alouettes playoff game

The Montreal-based group involving Stephen Bronfman had representation at the Eastern Semi-Final, hosted by the Montreal Alouettes at Percival Molson Stadium Sunday, according to Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

Bronfman is the executive chairman of Claridge Inc. which is a company that represents the interests of the Bronfman family and is actively involved in the management of a diverse portfolio of investments in private equity, hedge funds, public equities, and real estate.

Robert Wetenhall has owned the team since 1997 when he brought the team back from the brink of insolvency. He was responsible for the Als’ successful relocation while overseeing the team’s run of dominance from 1999 to 2012 when Montreal finished first in the East Division nine times in 14 seasons, winning three Grey Cups.

However, the Alouettes have struggled in recent years, missing the playoffs for four straight seasons until 2019, which was the longest streak in franchise history. Firing Mike Sherman and installing Khari Jones change the culture of the Als as the former CFL MOP QB led Montreal to a post-season spot with a 10-8 record.

The Lenkov brothers are still in the mix to buy the team. They’ve been at Alouettes games on the road and in Montreal while cheering them on publicly on social media and at times were close to closing the deal.

Peter Lenkov is a 55-year-old writer and producer. He studied film at Concordia University in Montreal. Jeffrey Lenkov , who is 53 years old, is a lawyer based in California. The younger brother went to McGill University.

The CFL officially purchased the Alouettes from the Wetenhall’s in late May. The league and Wetenhall family had been working for several months to identify and assess potential new owners and that process is ongoing with Randy Ambrosie leading the way.

It could be a competition between two groups as the next owners of the Alouettes.


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