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Mel Hoppenheim (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec

Mel Hoppenheim’s career in the film industry began with providing cameras and equipment to Montreal cinematographers.

In 1965 he founded Panavision in Montreal and subsequently opened offices in Toronto and Vancouver in the 1970’s.  Believing that there was a great deal of talent in Montreal, Hoppenheim acquired the historic Theatre Expo de la Cité du Havre in 1988 and created Mel’s Cité du Cinéma, the most modern of facilities available to the Canadian film and television industry.

In 1997, Hoppenheim donated $1 million to Montreal’s Concordia University, which was subsequently used to open the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Hoppenheim and his partners have also helped in the development of the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS), a private school for the development of writers, directors and producers for film and television.

In 2012, the Montreal World Film Festival paid tribute to Hoppenheim by giving him a Special Grand Prix of the Americas to highlight his entire career. Hoppenheim was also awarded the Order of Canada in 2015 for his contributions to the vitality of movie-making in Canada and for his support for a wide variety of educational and community organizations.

Hoppenheim is involved in the financing of numerous charitable and community organizations, and he sits on the Boards of the Montréal Children’s Hospital and the Montréal Heart Institute Foundation. He serves as a Director of Société du Havre de Montréal and a Director of Loto-Québec, Inc. since 2004.


Mel Hoppenheim, le bâtisseur, André Duchesne, La Press, le 12 aôut, 2012
Mel Hoppenheim awarded the Order of Canada, Nathalie Laflamme, Montreal Gazette, July 1 2015
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal