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Issue #219
New Year 2009


Cover Story

Ivan Reitman: Enter Laughing

By Dave Gordon

Comic legend Ivan Reitman and his sisters give $22 million to build a home for the Toronto International Film Festival.

His first film may have landed him with an indecency lawsuit, but comic legend Ivan Reitman’s résumé remains immaculate.


David Azrieli: The Family Business

By Sheila Dropkin

His lineage almost washed away, businessman, philanthropist, and art collector David Azrieli has fought to sustain his family’s memory by making a name for himself.

Victoria Christian: Sweet Smell of Success

By Wendy Helfenbaum

No longer her father's "tiny shadow," Victoria Christain—daughter of famed British designer Clive Christian—is building on her family's history of impeccable taste to create a venue for the next generation of music prodigies.

Haim Saban: Power Player

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Media mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, can’t stop giving their fortune away—and they want you to have the same problem.

Tzeporah Berman: Forest Ranger

By Elisa Birnbaum

A lifelong activist, Tzeporah Berman found a calling saving the environment and inspiring others—including Leonardo DiCaprio—to join her.

John Wood: No Jacket Required

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Inspired to change the fate of millions of children in developing countries, former Microsoft executive John Wood traded in his suit and tie for a chance to pay it forward.

Ken and JJ Ramberg: Good Searching

By Victoria Scrozzo

Brother-sister team Ken and JJ Ramberg hope their cause-driven Internet search engines GoodSearch and Goodshop take a bite out of Google - one penny at a time.

Heleena & Eddie Wiltzer: Mission Accomplished

By Wendy Helfenbaum

For Montreal-area power couple Heleena and Eddie Wiltzer, the question was never “Can we help?”—it was “How much can we help?”

Janet Yale: Answering the Call

By Benita Baker

No longer afraid to be heard, TELUS’s Janet Yale is making a statement for women with power.

Tom Siebel: Against the Grain

By Wendy Helfenbaum

Software billionaire Tom Siebel isn't afraid to use shock and awe to scare kids away from hard drugs and toward a more meaningful life.

Sheila Rudberg: Shine On

By Jay Solomon

Left to pick up the pieces after her husband’s shocking murder, Sheila “Twinkle” Rudberg made a life-altering decision—to reach out to the murderer.


  • Gehry’s AGO homecoming
  • Alum makes largest-ever donation to Harvard
  • Spielberg, Midler, and Crystal toast Kirk Douglas
  • Sewing a record-breaking donation
  • Booth’s $300 million breaks University of Chicago record
  • Multimillion-dollar Mystery Revealed
  • Kinder Foundation Raises $100,000
  • Simonyi prepares to blast off for second time
  • Adelsons make historic gift


  • Flourish
  • $700,000 Raised for Mothers and Children
  • Material Ball: Diamonds
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • A Tribute to Dr. Arnie Aberman
  • Project Sunshine
  • Louis Vuitton & Holt Renfrew
  • CCCJ
  • The Pitch for Kids
  • TIFF at Tryst
  • Azrieli Honored in Montreal
  • Operalia
  • Hope & Cope’s Fashion Fantasy
  • In the Loupe
  • CIBC Run for the Cure

The Index

The Lifestyles 360

In the wake of the formidable challenges posed by the global economic upheaval, the philanthropic world is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift. It is nevertheless encouraging to see that while the financial markets may go through cycles - even in the face of great challenges - philanthropic giving never goes out of style. The hundreds of dedicated givers who are featured on the following pages are a testament to that.