Joey Saputo is the owner of the Montreal Impact and Stade Saputo. He was the founding president of the Montreal Impact in 1993, when the Saputo Group was the sole owner of the team, and acted as President until January 2019. He spearheaded the construction of Stade Saputo, the team’s home, inaugurated at Olympic Park in Montreal on May 19, 2008, and expanded in 2012. During his presidency, the team also moved up to Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-tier professional soccer league in Canada and the United States, in 2012.
Under his leadership, professional soccer’s popularity has soared to unprecedented heights in Quebec and the team has become one of the most respected clubs in North America, winning three playoff championships (in second division) and three Canadian championships. The Impact also reached the CONCACAF Champions League final in April 2015, a first for a Canadian club and only the second time for an MLS franchise. The following year, the team clinched a berth in the Eastern Conference Final in its third playoff appearance in six MLS seasons.
In 2010, he completed the pyramid of soccer development in Quebec with the creation of the Academy, followed by the Pre-Academy, which features nine Montreal Impact youth teams with players ranging from the ages of 7 to 19.
In 2014, he acquired Bologna FC, a second-division Italian team that was promoted to Serie A the following year.
Joey Saputo is also part of the MLS Strategic Committee and a member of the MLS Board of Governors.
Since 2014, he is president of Arbec Forest Products and Chairman of the board of directors of Groupe Remabec.
He is a shareholder and acts as vice-president in the management of investments held by Jolina Capital, the family’s asset-management company.
He is also on the board of directors of Groupe Petra, a private management firm involved in real estate, and on the board of directors of TFI international, one of the largest transport and logistics companies in Canada.
He is currently on the board of directors of Procure, a non-profit organization whose goal is to help prevent and cure prostate cancer. Since 2013, he also serves as the official spokesperson for the Montreal Impact Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children and their families.
Joey Saputo is the father of four boys.