THE SAPUTO FAMILY
A TRADITION OF SOCCER AND EXCELLENCE
For the past 30 years, the Saputo family has been playing a frontline role in the development of soccer in Canada. First as a sponsor of the Montreal Manic in the North American Soccer League (NASL), it moved on into the 1990s to become owner of the Montreal Impact. The family has also been at the heart of the Impact’s relaunch in 2001 after incorporating the club as a not-for-profit organization, as well as overseeing its day-to-day management.
Throughout the years, the Montreal Impact has become one of the most decorated teams in the United Soccer Leagues, with three championships, namely in 1994, 2004 and 2009. The Impact has also left its mark on the national and international scenes. It captured the Canadian championship title in 2008 and participated in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, playing to a crowd of more than 55,000 spectators at Olympic Stadium, on February 25, 2009.
The Saputo family’s most recent contribution to the development of Quebec soccer is the construction of Stade Saptuo, home of the Montreal Impact. Located at Olympic Park, Stade Saputo was officially inaugurated on May 19, 2008 and is entirely privately funded, including 7.5 million dollars from the Saputo family.
Today, Joey Saputo leads a group of investors he trained, composed of family members, who represent their different holdings.
The Fonds de Solidarité FTQ
On February 3, 2012, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ announced that it would be investing in the Montreal Impact.
The Fund’s investment of $7.5 million gives it a minority partnership’s share in Free-2-Play, the organization responsible for the management of the Impact, and also includes a sponsorship.
With net assets of $8.5 billion as of May 31, 2012, the Fonds is a development capital investment fund that channels the savings of Quebecers into investments in all sectors of the economy to help further Québec's economic growth. Its investments, in all sectors of the economy, contribute to the creation and maintenance of businesses and development in Quebec. The Fonds is a partner, either directly or through its network members, in 2,239 companies. With its 594,287 owner-shareholders, it has helped, on its own or with other financial partners, to create, maintain and protect 168,577 jobs.