ABOUT THE CO-CHAIRS
The EnbridgeŽ Ride to Conquer CancerŽ is supported each year by a group of dedicated leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to form a committee whose purpose is to recruit corporate teams and sponsors to the event. The Jewish General Hospital is incredibly grateful to these dedicated men and women, many of whom are also participants in and leading fundraisers for The Ride.
In particular, we would like to recognize the leaders of this committee, the Co-Chairs of the 2015 Ride.
Jean-Christophe Bédos is currently the President and CEO of Birks Group Inc., formerly Henry Birks & Sons, Canada’s 135 year old premier luxury jewelery brand. He is also the President and CEO of Mayor’s Jewelers, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Birks Group Inc.
Mr. Bédos came to Birks from the high-end jeweler Boucheron International (Gucci Group, PPR), in Paris, France where he served as President and CEO, following a distinguished career with the Richemont Group in Paris and London and with the iconic House of Cartier. While at Boucheron (2004-2011), he was responsible for leading the successful financial turnaround of the company with consistent EBIT growth; directed the brand strategy with specific control over Design, Marketing, Public Relations and Sales, with a strong international expansion in Retail and Franchise. He was also successful in opening new markets in China, South East Asia, the Near East, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He began his career with the Cartier as an International Product Development Manager for the watch division in 1988 and held several Marketing and Managing positions in France and the UK until 2004.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Birks Group Inc. and Mayor’s Jewelers, Inc. Mr. Bédos is a Member of the London Business School Global Advisory Council. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Bédos served on the board of the Comité Colbert in Paris. Founded in 1954, the Comité Colbert has a membership of 75 French luxury houses and 13 cultural institutions working together to promote French art de vivre at international level.
In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Talent d’Or du Luxe et de la Création’. He received this prestigious French award for his outstanding performance at the helm of Boucheron for seven years.
Born in Morocco, he lived in France and England until 2012. He now resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife and four children. He is a skilled brand builder within the luxury retail sector, who brings a very relevant background having spent his entire career for more than twenty-five years within the high-end watch and jewellery industry. Mr. Bédos earned a MSc in Business Management from London Business School Sloan Fellowship Masters Programme, with Distinctions in Marketing and Brand Management; a BA in International Commercial Law from University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne; BA (Honors) in European Business from Trent University, Nottingham, England; BA in Business Administration from Toulouse Business School, Toulouse, France.
Anthony J. Zitzmann
Anthony J. Zitzmann is currently Branch Manager and Quebec Senior Officer for IPC Investment Corporation. IPC is a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada. Anthony has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector, specializing in personal financial wealth management. He has created tailor-made wealth management strategies for his clients to help them live their dreams. He serves on Financial Research Solutions Inc.’s advisory board since 2007. He also brings advisory and ownership experience in the manufacturing, technology, real estate, and construction sectors. As a sales and business development specialist, Anthony has successfully negotiated and brokered significant institutional contracts throughout his career. He is also a skilled lease negotiator within the commercial, industrial real estate sector, managing a substantial portfolio of Canadian properties.