Jeremy Freedman to be Canada’s Flag bearer at the European Games in Berlin

Berlin 2015 Logo Small Opening Ceremony FlagbearerMaccabi Canada is proud to announce that Jeremy Freedman, a long time athlete and friend of the organization, was selected to lead the Canadian Delegation into Waldbuhne Stadium on July 28, 2015 as the Flagbearer at the traditional athlete parade at the Opening Ceremonies of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin.

Jeremy Freedman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., one of Canada’s leading wealth management firms. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Queen’s University in 1982 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984. While at Queen’s, Jeremy was elected Rector of the University, and served in this role from 1980 to 1982. He was the first Jewish Rector in Queen’s history. Jeremy received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 1986, graduating as a Baker Scholar. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2000, Jeremy was a partner and senior litigation counsel with the Toronto law firm Davies, Ward & Beck.

Jeremy was introduced to Maccabi Canada through friends in 2004, and competed as a member of the Men’s Open Golf Team in Israel in the 2005 Maccabiah Games. Through that experience Jeremy forged a number of close and lasting friendships and fell in love with the way in which Maccabi, through sport, connected Jews from around the world and allowed them to share a unique connection to Israel.

While injury prevented his participation in the 2009 Maccabiah Games, Jeremy qualified for the 2013 Canadian Masters Golf Team that competed in Israel in the 2013 Maccabiah Games and finished in the Top 10 in the individual competition.

When informed that the Opening Ceremonies for the 2015 European Maccabi Games would be held in Berlin in the 1936 Olympic Stadium, and that all present would be singing Hatikva, Jeremy knew that he had to participate. Jeremy was overwhelmed with the news that he had been selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the upcoming Games.   “I am both honoured and humbled by the opportunity to carry the Canadian flag into the Olympic Stadium on behalf of our delegation. As Canadians, we intend to stand tall alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters from all of the participating nations. I am so grateful that Maccabi keeps bringing us together to promote Jewish identity through our shared passion for sports.”

Jeremy is married to Judith Finer Freedman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they are the proud parents of Jesse, Amanda and Zach. Jeremy is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Diabetes Hope Foundation, the Jerusalem Foundation and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

Maccabi Canada is honoured and grateful to Jeremy for accepting this honour.