CIJA’s National Board of Directors is chaired by David J. Cape and comprises devoted men and women from communities across Canada. CIJA benefits immensely from the knowledge and experience of its Board members and from their passion for advocating on behalf of Canada’s Jewish community.
David Cape has been the President of Groupe Marcelle Inc., since 2003. He is a member of the Federation CJA Board, where he served as President from 2011 to 2013. He currently serves as Chair of CIJA, and is also a member of the Board of the Canadian Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Association.
David began his professional career as President of Princeton Transportation Consulting Group, developing software systems for large U.S. motor carriers. He subsequently moved to Seattle, WA to work as a Product Manager for Microsoft Corporation. Returning to Montreal in 1994, he took on the position of Executive Vice President at Groupe Marcelle Inc.
David has been involved in community leadership for many years. He served as Chair of the CJA Young Leadership Campaign (2002), Chair of Pro Montreal (2004-2006), Chair of the Israel and Overseas department of Federation CJA (2006-2009), Federation CJA rep on the Board of BJEC – the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre (2004-2009), Treasurer of BJEC (2005-2006), and Vice President of BJEC (2006-2009). David also served as President of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in (2008-2011).
David earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University (1987). He is also a graduate of the prestigious Wexner Fellowship Program (2009).
David is married to Victoria Burns Cape, and has four sons.
Joel Reitman is the founder and president of Jillcy Capital ULC a global investment firm. Additionally, he co-founded advertising company MIJO Corporation and served as its president and CEO from 1978 until March 2011, when the firm was sold to DG Fast Channel (Dallas, TX).
Joel is an active volunteer in the Jewish community and beyond. He has a long history of involvement with the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC), having served as a board member since CJPAC’s inception in 2005, the National Chair from 2009-2011. In July 2011 Joel received a letter of commendation from Prime Minister Harper recognizing his achievements as National Chair of CJPAC.
From 2007 – 2013, he served as a member of the Jewish Federations of Canada (JFC-UIA), whose mission is to support Canadian Jewish federations and communities by increasing their philanthropic capabilities, national and international influence, connection to Israel and each other and capacity for collective thought and action
Joel is currently a vice chair of the national board of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada by advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community. He is also co-chair of the local partnership council (LPC-GTA)
He is also a member of the board of the Toronto Jewish Federation whose mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world.
Joel presently serves on the Sinai Health System board. Additionally, Joel is a co-founder, advisor and Board member of The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training at Mount Sinai Hospital (2009 to present).
Joel is also a member of the steering committee for the Toronto Western Hospital, Tanz Centre for research in neurodegenerative diseases.
In 2015 Joel joined the Board of Directors of the Siminovich Prize, recognizing excellence and innovation in Canadian theatre.
Joel is a Vice President of the board of the Jerusalem Foundation an independent community foundation dedicated to preserving an open, equitable and modern society in Jerusalem through an approach centered on community vitality, cultural life, and coexistence for all of Jerusalem’s residents.
Joel and his wife Jill were lead donors and facilitators for “Memory Unearthed” The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) January – June 2015.
Joel is serving as fundraising co-chair for the Liberal Party of Canada.
In 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented Joel with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for achievements and unique contributions to Canada.
In 2013 Joel was awarded the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA CHAI Award in recognition of his dedication to strengthening Jewish life and Jewish identity in Canada, Israel and throughout the world.
Joel and family received a Humanitarian Award from McGill University in recognition for support of the Montreal Neurological Hospital.
Joel has also been a member of the Canadian Motion Picture Pioneers since 1983 and of the World Presidents Organization since 2005, prior to which he was a member of the Young Presidents Organization (1996-2005).
Joel received his Bachelor of Science and Educational Communications from Ithaca College. He is a graduate of Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA).
Joel’s wife Jill (a psychologist) is also active in the Jewish community and they have two sons Sam and Richard.
Jeffrey Rosenthal is Managing Partner of Imperial Capital Group, which he cofounded in 1989. Mr. Rosenthal has co-led the formation of all of the Imperial Capital Acquisition Funds, and the resulting acquisition of a number of successful portfolio companies both in Canada and the U.S. He has been integrally involved in the oversight and growth of these businesses, leading or co-leading follow-on acquisitions and arranging both private and public debt & equity financings.
He is currently the Chairman of Dental Corp of Canada and a board member of Vet Strategy.
Mr. Rosenthal received his B.A. degree with majors in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto in 1984 and his M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from the Schulich School of Business in 1988.
He is Treasurer of the board of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and Vice-Chairman of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) . Mr. Rosenthal is a past co-Chair of the Toronto United Jewish Appeal Campaign 2011.
David Koschitzky is Co-chair and CEO North America of IKO, a worldwide manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing materials.
He was born in Calgary Alberta, then moved to Toronto, and spent nearly 15 years in Chicago. He has an engineering degree from University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was a member of YPO for many years. He is married to his better half Sarena, and together they have five children.
David’s community service includes being the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Campaign Chair for UJA Federation Toronto, along with chairing a number of key committees. David has also held senior lay roles in both the Campaign and Board of the Chicago Jewish Federation. David has been the President of day schools in both Toronto and Chicago. He was the first Chair of CIJA.
In addition David is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of Keren Hayesod, member of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency, and Chair of The Jewish Agency’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Ms. Ryder has extensive experience working with all three levels of government, not for profit organizations and the private sector over the past 40 years. Till 2015, she worked in the film industry for the past fourteen years in the field of corporate communications on a multi platform basis.
Today, Carol is an active partner and principal in her family’s property management company and real estate holdings, Louson Investments in Calgary.
On a broad community level, her diverse past volunteer achievements include: volunteer Chair of Special Events proposals for Canada 2005 World Exposition; six years as Executive Director for Calgary 2000 developing the City of Calgary’s Millennium celebrations and major legacy projects such as Shaw Millennium Park, Board Chair of Bow Valley College, Board Chair of Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutions, Founding Member of the Bow Valley College Campus Development Committee, Chair of the Bow Valley College Arts Acquisition Committee, past Board Member on the Premier’s Advisory Council for Alberta’s Promise , Calgary UJA Campaign Co-Chair, Board Member of Canada Israel Committee and Canadian Jewish Congress.
She is presently the Board Chair of ACAD – Alberta College of Art and Design, Member of Campus Alberta, Founding Board Member of Contemporary Calgary Arts Society, Member of the Calgary Jewish Community Relations Committee, and National Board Member and Treasurer of CIJA.
Ms. Ryder is a recipient of the Alberta Premier’s Leadership Award, the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal, Bow Valley College’s Distinguished Citizen Award and a 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the citizens of Canada and her country. Ms. Ryder and her late husband Larry are the 2016 Calgary JNF Negev Gala Honourees.
Toby Abramsky is VP of Keystone Property Management Inc., a family owned Asset Management and Development firm focused primarily on Downtown Kingston. She has a particular passion for redeveloping heritage property assets.
In May 2016, Toby completed 10 years of service to the Queen’s University Board of Trustees as Vice-Chair to the Capital Assets & Finance Committee and past Chair of the Campus Planning and Development Committee. Other Board work includes Queen’s University Planning, Governance renewal, and the Principal selection committees. She continues to serve in an advisory role as a member of the Campus Planning Committee.
Local community leadership includes service to hospitals, schools, Community Foundation, Synagogue and Hadassah. Toby is a past Chair of the Coast to Coast contingent of March of the Living and past Board member of CIJA, Canadian Jewish Congress, UIA, Hillel, and Regional Jewish Communities of Ontario. She is a current member of the CIE Management Committee.
Toby is an honoured recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 2009 Ontario Volunteer Service Award and numerous Kingston Livable City Design and Frontenac Historic Foundation Awards for preservation of local Architectural Heritage.
A native of Toronto, Toby received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto. She and her husband Jay have 3 children.
Gilda Shahin Abdulezer was born in Bagdad, Iraq, and came to Canada at the age of 1 and grew up in a loving Jewish family who always maintained with strong ties to the Montreal Iraqi Jewish Community.
A graduate from McGill, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 22 years in the areas of sales, marketing, training and communications. She currently runs her own event planning business, specializing in the coordination and implementation of corporate meetings and events. One of the major events she was mandated to handle was the Climate Project meeting with former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner Al Gore.
Having recently stepped down from the role of the 2016 Women’s Philanthropy Chair for Federation CJA, Gilda is a strong advocate for Jewish life and a very strong supporter of Israel. She has been involved in a number of different organizations in Montreal and is currently on the Executive team planning and coordinating the upcoming 250th Anniversary celebration for the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, the oldest congregation in Canada and where she and her family have been members for over 50 years.
Gilda is married to Morris Abdulezer and together they have three (3) children; Joseph (married to Amanda Harari), Robert, and Andrea.
Patrick L. Benaroche is a senior partner and former Chair of the Employment and Labour practice group of the Montréal office of Stikeman Elliott. With a background in organizational Psychology, Patrick provides advice to major corporations on all aspects of Canadian employment and labour law, with an emphasis on cross-border issues affecting a mobile workforce. Patrick appears regularly before both civil and administrative tribunals on matters relating to wrongful dismissal, workplace harassment and discrimination, non-competition clauses and data privacy. He is often called upon by employers to advise on executive employment contracts, termination packages, workplace policies, employment standards and all matters arising from national and international employment relationships including plant closures, corporate restructuring and mass terminations.
In addition to dealing with workplace health and safety issues, Patrick is well experienced in management-labour relations, including union certification and decertification proceedings, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration and management of strikes and lock-outs. He also conducts workshops designed to facilitate employee/employer relationships in the workplace and assists in the strategic planning of human resource management.
Patrick is a graduate of McGill University (B.A., B.C.L., LL.B.) and a member of the Quebec Bar; he is also an officer of the Employment and Industrial Relations Committee of the International Bar Association.
Having authored a number of publications and called upon to speak frequently at employment law conferences, Patrick has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits 2016; PLC Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook, 2012/2013 edition; and PLC Which Lawyer?, Labour and Employment, 2012 edition.
Stockwell Day was successfully elected 9 times over 25 years at two levels of government and in 2 separate provinces.
From 1986 to 2000, Stockwell Day served in the Alberta Legislature as Government House Leader, Minister of Labour, Minister of Social Services and Minister of Finance.
In 2000 Stockwell Day won the leadership of the Canadian Alliance and became Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition. In the general election that followed soon after, the Canadian Alliance increased the Official Opposition seats and increased its popular vote by over a million.
In 2002, Stockwell Day was appointed Foreign Affairs critic, as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In 2003 the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada merged to become the Conservative Party of Canada.
In 2006 Stockwell Day was appointed Minister of Public Safety and to the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning. Upon his re-election in 2008, Stockwell Day was appointed Minister of International Trade, Minister the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan. In 2010 Stockwell Day was appointed President of the Treasury Board. He did not seek reelection in the 2011 general election.
Stockwell Day operates a consulting business as a Strategic Advisor for Mcmillan LLP and serves on a number of boards including Telus, WesternOne, RCI Capital, Baylin and AWZ Ventures.
He serves in the nonprofit sector as the Vice Chair of the Canada-China Business Council,the Canada India Business Council, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and as a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation.
He is a regular media commentator, appears weekly on a national TV political panel,and is a known national and international speaker.
Stockwell and his wife Valorie have 3 married sons and 14 grandchildren.
Father Raymond J. de Souza is a Roman Catholic priest. Ordained in 2002, he resides on Wolfe Island, Ontario, where he is the parish priest at Sacred Heart of Mary parish. A weekly columnist for over a decade at the National Post, he writes a weekly column for the Catholic Register (Toronto), biweekly for the National Catholic Register (United States) and fortnightly for the Catholic Herald (Great Britain). His principal work though is as Chaplain at Newman House, the Roman Catholic centre for students at Queen’s University, where he also teaches in the economics department. Trained as an economist before he entered the seminary, he completed graduate degrees at Queen’s as well as the University of Cambridge, England. He completed his theological studies in Rome, during which time he was an accredited member of the Vatican press corps (1998-2003). In 2015 he was named the Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the Office of Religious Freedom in the Canadian department of foreign affairs, a board which include faith leaders from across Canada. He is senior fellow at Cardus, Canada’s leading Christian think tank, and a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Tamara was born and raised in Ottawa and has been actively involved in the Jewish community from a young age. She has studied and worked in Europe, Latin America, and the United States of America. She is a past Chair of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (2007) and a past Chair of jnet (2011). She also co-chaired Ottawa’s Social Action Mission to Israel in 2010.
Tamara represented the Emerging Generation on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (2011-2013) and served on the Board of Directors for the Soloway JCC (2013). Tamara was also on the International Steering Committee for Dragon Boat Israel (2014-2015); co-chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Campaign Kick-off (2015) and currently sits both on the Partnership Together Committee and is a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress. She received the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award in 2014. She holds an MA from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management. During her studies at Thunderbird, Tamara acted as VP for the Thunderbird Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), and sat on the Organizing Committee for the Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit. In 2010, Tamara returned to Canada and is currently working for Export Development Canada in Corporate and Asset Backed Lending.
Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Edward Fitch enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in September 1966 and earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Collège Militaire Royal (St Jean)/Royal Military College (Kingston).
After commissioning in 1971 he had the usual variety of junior officer postings in Construction Engineering (Valcartier and Mont Apica, Québec), Combat Engineering (4 Combat Engineer Regiment, Lahr, Germany) and teaching at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (Chilliwack, BC). As a middle-grade officer he held staff appointments, attended advanced training, and commanded 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. More senior staff and instructional appointments followed. On promotion to Brigadier-General, he held the appointment of Commander Land Force Western Area from July 1999 to July 2001, then Acting Assistant Chief of the Land Staff from July to November 2001. Major-General Fitch was Project Manager, Land Force Reserve Restructure 2001–2006.
In August 1995, Major-General Fitch commenced a tour of duty as the Force Engineer, United Nations Protection Force (Zagreb, Croatia). On Transfer of Authority to NATO/IFOR, 20 December 1995, he served the remainder of his year in Sarajevo as Assistant Chief Engineer for the Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). Major-General Fitch was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his work in the Former Yugoslavia, for facilitating the NATO entry into that theatre. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in June 1999 and was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. MGen Fitch was the CF Patron of Shooting and has been appointed a Life Governor of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association.
On 1 July 2006, MGen Fitch ceased full-time service and moved to Victoria, BC. In November 2006 he was called up from the Supplementary Reserve in support of Op PODIUM, the Canadian Forces support to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His primary duty evolved into the leadership of the Games Red Team. At the end of March 2009 MGen Fitch was promoted to the rank of civilian after 43 years of service to Canada; he continued to serve Joint Task Force Games until the completion of Op PODIUM. Since June 2010 he has been enjoying active retirement in Victoria, BC.
Mr. Fitch currently serves on five volunteer Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations and was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community work. None of this would have been remotely possible without the devoted support of his family and, especially, his dear wife Sharon.
Jonathan Goldbloom, a communications expert with a focus on crisis and issues management, Jonathan led Bob Rae’s campaign for Liberal Party leadership.
Jonathan is a lifelong Montrealer, and was a member of CIJA’s local partner council in Quebec and of the Quebec Israel Committee Board of Directors.
Ronnen Harary serves as Chairman and Co-CEO of Spin Master Ltd. He plays a major role in product development, building strategic partnerships, and as an acting visionary for the company. Harary currently spends the majority of his time seeking out new business opportunities and partnerships, and can be credited for Spin Master’s entry into the world of online media and entertainment. His passion lies in building new businesses and it is his instinct and insight into new trends that has helped Spin Master capitalize on a number of unique opportunities. Harary is responsible for establishing Spin Master as a world-class licensing partner. While he is no longer involved in the day-to-day aspects of this area of the business, he continues to manage and build key relationships with our licensing partners all over the world.
Since its inception Harary has played a key role in the company’s
operations and product development. He was instrumental in establishing Spin Master’s operations in Asia, building an office of over 180 people, and establishing manufacturing and R&D facilities in China.
Together with his business partners, Harary has built a hugely successful business from the ground up. His passion, discipline and success have led him and Spin Master to be recognized amongst Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, Report on Business Top 40 under 40, a recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 1999, and mention in Ad Age’s Top Marketing 2008 list for Bakugan.
Harary earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. Harary believes in sharing both Spin Master’s and his success through philanthropic and community- based work.
Ronnen is on the Board of Directors for the CYBF (Canadian Youth Business Foundation), a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.
Adam Hummel is a lawyer at Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP, specializing in immigration law and civil litigation. Adam obtained an Honours B.A. at York University in political science and history in 2007, and a JD from the University of Windsor faculty of law in 2011.
While in university, he served as the President of Hillel at York University from 2005 to 2007, and the President of the Jewish Students’ Association at the University of Windsor from 2010 to 2011. In between attending Canadian universities, Adam was also the Education Officer for the Union of Jewish Students of the United Kingdom.
Adam is currently a member of CIJA’s Young Leaders Circle, serves as Chairperson of the UJA’s Holocaust Education Legacy Committee, is a member of UJA’s 2016-2017 Young Leaders Executive Committee, and a member of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). He is also the founder and director of Youth Ambassadors for Peace, a not-for-profit peace building project and youth group based in Kenya. Check out his book! Amani Haki Yetu: Peace Is Our Right.
Marilyn Kaufman is currently the president of the Sgoolai Israel Synagogue in Fredericton, N.B. and has the distinction of being its first female president. She is a member of the CIJA Board of Directors and serves as Local Partnership Vice -Chair on the CIJA Board. As well, Marilyn serves on the Management Committee of the Atlantic Jewish Council and is the AJC Local Partnership Chair. In recognition of her many years of volunteer service in both the Jewish and broader communities, she was awarded the Atlantic Jewish Community Service Award( 2004).Presently, Marilyn assists in the delivery of her Synagogue’s Jewish education studies program and is, with others, actively pursuing the formation of a local interfaith women’s council.
Marilyn served on the Executive Board of Hadassah-Wizo of Canada as National General Secretary and as one of its six National Vice- Presidents.
She is a retired educator, a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), with a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education Cert.1V(1974), Cert.V (2000).
As a member of the NB Teachers Federation she was active at both the local and provincial levels serving on several committees, as well as serving three terms as President of her Local Teachers Association and going on to serve two terms as the Director for Fredericton on the New Brunswick Teachers Federation Provincial Board.
She was recognized by the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation for her many years of service with the school Jump Rope for Heart Program. She is one of the founders of the NB Elementary Drama Festival and is a past Board member of the Fredericton Playhouse.
Marilyn and her husband Seymour have four children.
Jeffrey Miller is a Partner at Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz (GGFL) Chartered Professional Accountants, and has been for over three decades. In addition to being a trusted leader of the firm, he is also an active volunteer, selflessly devoting his time and knowledge to serve the community.
Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in 1978. He also graduated with a diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University in 1982, beginning his career in accounting shortly thereafter. After beginning his accounting career in Montreal those many years ago, he has since achieved one of the most notable accomplishments in the field, receiving recognition as CPA Fellow (FCPA designation) from CPA Canada in 2016.
He is a role model who demonstrates what it means to be a true professional in the broader community and his community service includes several volunteer endeavours and leadership positions with a number of Jewish communal agencies.
A number of Jeffrey’s noteworthy contributions to the community through his years of service can include his role as an Executive Committee member of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, his assistance as Executive member and Treasurer for the Rideau View Golf Club, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, and Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, his time as President of the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge long-term care facility and Hillel Academy the Ottawa Jewish Community Day School, and his influence as a member of the Professional Advisors Committee of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Jeffrey has also chaired numerous fundraisers, both inside and outside the Jewish community, raising in excess of $15,000,000.
Jason Murray is a partner at the Vancouver office of law firm Eyford Macaulay Shaw & Padmanabhan LLP where he carries on a litigation practice focusing on commercial, insurance and product liability litigation, class actions, and Aboriginal law. In addition, Jason advises clients on the implications of Aboriginal rights and title on resource development and works with industry and First Nations communities in the negotiation of impact and benefit agreements.
Jason currently serves as Chair of the Pacific Region, CIJA. In the past, Jason served as a Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Director of UIA Canada, Vice President – External of the UIA Canada National Young Leadership Management Team, member of the Keren Hayesod Young Leadership International Board and was an active member of the Canada-Israel Committee Western Region Advisory Committee from 2005 through 2011. He twice co-chaired National Young Leadership Israel Advocacy Programs.
Over the past 23 years, Jason has been an active volunteer in and advisor to a number of federal, provincial and municipal political campaigns.
Jason is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.A.) and Queen’s University at Kingston (LL.B.). Jason and his wife Emily are raising their two children in Vancouver.
Berl Nadler is a partner of the law firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where he conducts a wide-ranging business law practice in its Toronto office. Prior to joining Davies, Berl worked as a lawyer for the Canadian Department of Justice in Ottawa and Shearman & Sterling in New York City. In addition to his law practice, Berl is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and has published numerous papers, articles and book chapters on various legal subjects. He is also a frequent speaker on a wide range of business law topics at professional and academic conferences and seminars.
Berl has been an active member of the Canadian and Toronto Jewish communities, having served as President of the B’nei Akiva Schools of Toronto, Chairman of the Board of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, and a member of the Board and various Board committees of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. He currently serves as Co-chair of CIJA’s Council in Toronto. On the national level, Berl served as a member of the Boards of CIJA’s predecessors, the Canada-Israel Committee, where he was a member of its Executive Committee; and the Canadian Jewish Congress, where he was a Vice Chair of the Ontario Region.
Berl is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, McGill University (B.C.L., LL.B.) and the Harvard Law School (LL.M.).
Hon. Lorne Nystrom, P.C. was elected nine times a Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan, serving for more than 32 years, starting at age 22 in 1968 as the youngest MP in Canadian history. As a Parliamentarian, he specialized in economic and constitutional issues and gained extensive experience with both foreign affairs and trade issues. He was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 1993.
Outside Parliament Mr. Nystrom has worked on projects with Harvard University in Russia, and the United Nations in South Africa. His business background includes experience in China where he is a director / shareholder of a food safety company. He is a Vice- President of The Parliamentary Group, a consultancy comprised of former Canadian Parliamentarians from all parties, as well as former senior public servants.
He is a director and shareholder of a Solar Energy company involving
both Chinese and North American partners. Fluent in English and French, business interests also include a partnership in a restaurant and editing a book on financial issues. He is a recipient of l’Ordre de la Pleiade, an award of the Republic of France.
Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko has served as rabbi of the Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation of Cote St. Luc since 1986. Rabbi Poupko has served in a variety of leadership roles both locally and nationally in the Canada-Israel Committee and the Canadian Jewish Congress. He is currently serving on the executive of Federation CJA and is chairing the Rabbinic Caucus.
Cheryl Reicin is the practice leader of Torys’ Life Science and Technology Group, a cross border group in New York, Toronto and Calgary. She has the sole distinction of being ranked in international and national rankings as a leading lawyer in life sciences in both the US and Canada and has received numerous recognitions and awards, among others, Best Lawyer’s Biotechnology Lawyer of the Year, LMG Life Science’s Finance & Transactional Lawyer of the Year, Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence , and Canada’s Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100 .As part of her practice she advises many for profits as well as non-for-profit entities throughout the world with an emphasis on Canada, the US and Israel. Her client include start-ups and other entrepreneurial ventures, venture capital and private equity firms, investment banks and the world’s largest biotechnology company. She is a trustee of The Hospital for Sickkids, the Chair and founding member of Genesis:UJA ,a director of the national board of CIJA, a director of PREVENT, and an advisory board member of Health Technology Exchange (HTX) and the Institute for Aging. Ms. Reicin is a graduate of Columbia University and the Harvard Law School.
She is the chair and a founder of Genesis, a non-profit that provides mentorship to young entrepreneurs and innovative non-profits in the Jewish community, a trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children, a director of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, a director of Artists4Israel, and an advisory board member of Health Technology Exchange (HTX) and of Hadasit, the technology transfer of Hadassah Medical Center.
Ms. Reicin is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
Moshe Ronen is a Toronto-based lawyer, international business AND STRATEGIC advisor and prominent community leader. Mr. Ronen is Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress and chairs the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ MISSIONS TO ISRAEL program. By age 20, he was a well-known human rights student activist, and later was elected as the youngest president of The Canadian Jewish Congress. Mr. Ronen is also immediate past Chairman of The Canada Israel Committee.
Mr. Ronen is a charismatic public speaker, noted debater and media commentator on Middle East issues and public affairs. In 1996 he was recognized by the Jewish National Fund with its prestigious Jerusalem of Gold Award for his outstanding communal service and two years later, by the Government of Ontario with a Volunteer Service Award. Mr. Ronen is a member of the Board of Directors of several major charities.
Mr. Ronen is a former director of First Capital Realty Corporation, a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian real estate developer and holding company with a growing shopping center portfolio, and is currently a senior advisor to Greenwin Ltd. and Verdiroc Development Corporation. He also served previously on SkyLink Inc., a Canadian company, which specialized in emergency relief operations for the United Nations and many governments.
Mr. Ronen is a senior advisor to Ronald S. Lauder.
Mr. Ronen is married to Dara, and the couple has two children, Sari and Shye.
Nancy Rosenfeld’s 45 year career in public service has spanned the fields of health, justice, education, community, politics and philanthropy.
She has served as President of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation for over 18 years. During this time she has also served as Vice President Canadian Affairs the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and Executive Director of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. Working with 3 generations of one family has allowed her to develop insight and expertise on dynamics and decision-making styles across generations.
In her present role, Ms. Rosenfeld has created and initiated innovative programs in support of emerging environmental leaders, visual artists and entrepreneurs. She is actively involved in climate change advocacy, education and solutions.
She also presents at universities and conferences on corporate social responsibility, family philanthropy and engagement of the next generation in social change and philanthropic endeavors.
She has served as a judge for numerous emerging entrepreneur competitions as well as for the Bloomberg Genesis Generation challenge and the MacArthur Foundation, 100 & Change competition.
Ms. Rosenfeld’s volunteer involvement is extensive. She has sat on the board of directors of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the Trans Canada Trail and the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
She presently sits on the boards of The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, The Foreign Relations Council of Montreal and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Advocacy.
Ms. Rosenfeld was named among the Top 20 de la Diversité Media Mosaïque and is
the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for exemplary service to her community and country.
Steve Shafir is a partner in the law firm Witten LLP in Edmonton, Alberta. His legal practice emphasizes creditor’s remedies, banking, foreclosures, security enforcement, leasing litigation and landlord’s remedies. Steve earned his B.A. (2000) and LL.B. (2004) from the University of Alberta. Steve was admitted to the Alberta bar in 2005 and the Nunavut bar in 2009. Steve has represented clients before the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
Steve spent a year studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as part of his B.A. studies, and lived in Jerusalem, Israel for a year after earning his B.A. at which time he worked for Hillel at Hebrew University.
Steve has taught numerous courses through Metro Continuing Education, the Edmonton Real Estate Board, the Canadian Bar Association and the Legal Education Society of Alberta.
Steve sits on the boards of several community organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Edmonton (as Vice President), the Edmonton Talmud Torah Society and he was the Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton’s Next Generation Task Force. In 2009, Steve received the National Award of Excellence for his commitment to the Canadian Jewish Community. During this time he co-chaired the National Young Leadership Israel Advocacy Program through CIJA’s predecessors, and through this position led missions for Members of Canada’s Parliament to Israel.
Dr. Mario Silva has had a distinguished career as an elected municipal and federal official between the years 1994 and 2011 as well as an author and international legal scholar. He was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as the 2013 Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Dr. Silva is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the University of Sorbonne in Paris and holds a Master’s degree in International Law from Oxford University as well as a PhD in law from the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has been honoured with the French Order of the Legion of Honour, Order of Merit of Portugal, the Order of Rio Branco from Brazil and the Insignia of the Autonomous Region of the Azores. He has also received the Bridge Builder Award by the Parliament of Canada All Party Interfaith Friendship Group.
Dr. Silva has published several articles and books in the field of international law and co-edited a book on antisemitism. Dr. Silva is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and has served on the boards of Exhibition Place, Canadian Opera Company, Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto Hydro.
David Spiro is the founder and president of Spirovest Capital Inc., a private investment firm. Before joining Spirovest in 2014, he was one of Canada’s leading tax litigation counsel and appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Spiro also served as a nominee of the Federal Minister of Justice on the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Appointments to the Tax Court of Canada.
Mr. Spiro was the first Chair of CIJA’s GTA Local Partnership Committee and has served on the boards of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. In 2007, he became the first Canadian Chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America. In the broader community, he serves on the board of the Canadian Opera Foundation and has received an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for outstanding personal service to the University.
David Spiro received his LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 1987 and his B.A. (with distinction) from York University in 1984.