Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF and Ward 20 Councillor Adam Vaughan today officially named Reitman Square, the footprint that will house TIFF Bell Lightbox, the year-round home for TIFF. Mr. Handling and Councillor Vaughan were joined by renowned director and producer Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels, who in partnership with The Daniels Corporation donated the land. Director and producer Jason Reitman, a member of TIFF’s Artists’ Committee, joined the family to celebrate this exciting occasion.
Situated on King Street, between John and Widmer in the heart of the Entertainment District, the square is named in honour of Leslie and Clara Reitman, the parents of Mr. Reitman, Ms. Mandel and Ms. Michaels.
“Leslie and Clara persevered through hardships to bring their family to Canada and create a life for them,” said Handling in a statement. “Ivan, Agi and Susan’s recognition of their parents’ commitment and vision has played a vital role in the realization of this dream, building a home for film at TIFF Bell Lightbox. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff and film lovers from around the world, we are delighted to dedicate Reitman Square to Leslie and Clara.”