MONTREAL, QUEBEC, May 8, 2018 – The Jewish General Hospital Foundation today announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer Myer Bick and the appointment of Bram Freedman as his successor.
Mr. Bick will continue to serve as President and CEO until Mr. Freedman assumes the role on August 6, 2018, after which they will work together to ensure a smooth transition. Mr. Bick will then continue his association with the Foundation in an advisory capacity.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Myer Bick for his tireless and motivated leadership of the JGH Foundation over the past 17 years," said Edward Wiltzer, the Foundation's Chair of the Board of Directors. “We are deeply grateful to Myer for his innumerable contributions to the Foundation's success, growth and development of the Hospital. He is regarded as a leader by his peers in the philanthropic sector and the Foundation's external stature as well as operating performance have benefited immensely from his leadership and guidance."
Together with passionate volunteers and a dynamic professional team, he led two major capital campaigns that achieved $200 million and $250 million respectively. Mr. Bick's career has established new benchmarks in philanthropy that have benefited all healthcare foundations in Québec.
Strong leaders require strong successors, and the board is extremely pleased to appoint Bram Freedman to the role of President and CEO.
“After a lengthy and detailed search, we are delighted to welcome Bram to the JGH Foundation family," stated Wiltzer. “He has proven management skills and a strong fundraising background in the public sector. He has been an active volunteer in the healthcare sector for two decades. His proven track-record and leadership style equip him well for the challenges ahead. We have built a strong fundraising engine with professional, talented and caring staff dedicated to serving the Hospital and our donors' needs. I am confident that Bram is the right person to lead us to even greater success," concluded Wiltzer.
Mr. Bick spoke fondly of his time at the JGH Foundation. "I am proud to have played a role, together with my Foundation colleagues and devoted volunteer leaders, in advancing this exceptional institution through the many significant accomplishments we have achieved." He went on to say, “I am pleased to pass the torch to Bram, whom I have known for years. I have every confidence that he will lead the JGH Foundation into the future to ensure that this world class hospital and research institution has the resources to continue its long tradition of medical excellence benefitting the people of Quebec."
Mr. Freedman is a lawyer by training who began his career at Concordia University in 1992 as Assistant Legal Counsel rising to the position of Assistant Secretary-General and General Counsel when he left the University in 2003 to join Federation Combined Jewish Appeal as Chief Operating Officer and Director of External Relations.
He returned to Concordia in 2008 when he was appointed vice-president, External Relations and Secretary-General. For the last 5 years, Freedman has served as vice-president of Advancement and External Relations and helped bring fundraising to record levels at the university. Indeed, the sector went from a five year average of $10 million in funds raised to one of over $25 million in recent years.
Under Freedman's leadership, Concordia's Advancement team publicly launched the Campaign for Concordia: Next-Gen. Now, the university's most ambitious fundraising appeal to date, which stands at over $140 million of its $250 million goal.
“I am thrilled to be joining the JGH Foundation and lead this great organization that Myer, along with his team of talented and dedicated professionals and exceptional volunteer leadership, has built," said Mr. Freedman. "I am humbled and excited by this opportunity."
Freedman's move to the Foundation marks a family tradition. “My grandfather was the founding chief of oto-laryngology at the JGH some 85 years ago," he says. “The hospital is where my father, Dr. Samuel O. Freedman, former dean of medicine and provost of McGill University, finished his career as director of the Lady Davis Research Institute. I will now be the third generation of my family to serve the Hospital. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work."
Bram Freedman, Newly appointed President and CEO, JGH Foundation.