Position: OWNER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, CLUB DE HOCKEY CANADIEN, BELL CENTRE AND EVENKO
With the acquisition of the Club de hockey Canadien, the Bell Centre and evenko, the concerts and events department of the company, the Molson family revived a long-standing tradition that dates back to the 1950s, and covers three generations.
In addition to Geoff, Andrew, Justin Molson and other members of the Molson family, other partners in the venture include BCE/Bell, the Woodbridge Company Limited, the QFL Solidarity Fund, The National Bank Financial Group, Michael Andlauer and Luc Bertrand.
Now 42 years old, Geoff Molson was born and raised in Montreal and, like his brothers, has been a Canadiens fan going back to the days when the Molson Brewery owned the team.
As a student Geoff Molson got his first summer job at Molson Breweries as a delivery man before taking on the position of sales and marketing representative. In 1992, upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Multifield Major combining Economics, French and Canadian Studies from St. Lawrence University, in Canton, NY, where he also played hockey with the Saints. From 1994 to 1996 Geoff attended Babson College, in Boston, where he earned an MBA before moving to Manhattan where he accepted the position of senior consultant at the strategy consultancy firm CSC Consulting (formerly The Kalchas Group).
In 1992-1993, he joined The Coca-Cola Company, in Atlanta Georgia, as a Global Media Services Assistant. In this capacity he was responsible for the development of international marketing/media situation analysis for several world markets.
He returned to the Molson Brewery in 1999 At the time of taking on his role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Team owner of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff was Vice-President of Marketing for Molson in Quebec, where he played a strategic role in the development of company brands and in strengthening partnerships with key stakeholders. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Molson Coors Brewing and Res Publica.
In Montreal, where Geoff lives with his wife Kate and their four children, community is a priority. In the city of the original Molson Brewery, the long-standing tradition of giving back is not forgotten. In addition to the Molson family foundation to support philanthropic initiatives across Canada, Geoff continues to serve on the board of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Canadiens’ Children Foundation and the Molson Family Foundation as well as the Molson Coors Canada Donations Fund and the Molson Coors Foundation.
Founded by John Molson in 1786, Molson is the oldest brewery in North America with 227 years of history. Geoff Molson, a seventh-generation successor, continues the legacy of his very great-grandfather.