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"NFL Meets CFL" - A conversation between Mark Wilf (Minnesota Vikings) and Roger Greenberg (Ottawa Redblacks)
Mark Wilf is the chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America. He has previously served as UJC National Campaign Chair, UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet Chair, and as President of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey. Most recently Mark chaired JFNA’s national initiative that addresses the needs of impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the United States.
Mark, an attorney and partner in Garden Homes, a real estate development firm is also owner/president of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. He graduated from Princeton University and then received his law degree from NYU School of Law.
Mark has long been involved in efforts locally, nationally, and globally, to ensure the welfare and vitality of the Jewish community. As the son of Holocaust survivors, Elizabeth Wilf and Joseph Wilf, z”l, he has drawn upon his parents’ experiences to become an unwavering advocate for needs of the Jewish people, wherever they may be. The Wilf family, a major and longtime supporter of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, is the largest contributor to its world-renowned Holocaust History Museum. The Wilfs are also key sustained benefactors of Yeshiva University in New York. In 2002, the family made a substantial donation to enhance the main campus, renamed as the Wilf Campus of Yeshiva University.
He serves on a variety of educational, philanthropic, and educational boards including the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, American Society for Yad Vashem, NYU School of Law, Princeton University President’s Advisory Council, Yeshiva University, Vanderbilt University, and NFL Business Ventures.
He and his wife Jane have four children Steven, Daniel, Rachel and Andrew.
Roger Greenberg was born in 1955 and raised in Ottawa where he received his primary and secondary school education. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto in 1977 and then his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980. During his summers, Roger worked in a variety of capacities at the family business, The Minto Group.
After completing his bar admission in Ontario in 1982, Roger practiced real estate law for almost three years in Toronto with the law firm Blaney McMurtry. Roger joined the family business on a full time basis in September 1985 as Minto expanded its operations to the Greater Toronto area.
In January 1991, Roger moved back to Ottawa to head up the overall operations for the company after the death of his uncle, and company president, Irving Greenberg.
In October 2013, Roger turned over the day to day reins of the company to his successor CEO, Michael Waters, staying on in the capacity of Executive Chairman of the Board for Minto. He became Chair of Minto Apartment REIT when Minto took a portion of it’s business public. He also is the Executive Chairman and a managing partner of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), the partnership responsible for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park and the owner of the Ottawa REDBLACKS and the Ottawa 67’s. He sits on the Board of both the Canadian Football League and the Ontario Hockey League (Major Junior A).