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 (2004-09), Treasurer of BJEC (2005-06), and Vice President of BJEC (2006-09). David also served as President of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in (2008-11).
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 a Managing Partner of Imperial Capital Group, which he cofounded in 1989. Mr. Rosenthal co-lead the formation of Imperial Capital Acquisition Funds I, II, III, IV, and V and the resulting acquisition of a number of successful portfolio companies. 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 and equity financings.
Prior to 1989 he was involved in founding a number of entrepreneurial ventures in the computer, transportation, real estate, and entertainment fields.
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 at York University in 1988.
He is currently a director of Schulman Associates IRB, Inc., Workplace Health and Cost Solutions Inc., and Canadian Veterinary Network Ltd.
He is Vice Chair of the board of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and Vice Chair of CIJA. Mr. Rosenthal is Past co-Chair of the Toronto United Jewish Appeal Campaign 2011 and a member of the UJAGT Board.
David Koschitzky is Co-chair and CEO North America of IKO, a worldwide manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing materials.
He was born and attended elementary school 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.
In addition David is an executive member of Keren Hayesod, member of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency, and Chair of The Jewish Agency’s Strategic Planning Committee. He spends most his community service time as Chair of CIJA.
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, 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, Board Member on the Premier’s Advisory Council for Alberta’s Promise a children’s initiative, 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.
Father Raymond J. de Souza is a Roman Catholic priest. Ordained in 2002, he resides in Kingston, Ontario. Known as a columnist for the National Post and a frequent contributor to both religious and secular media, his principal work is as Chaplain at Newman House, the Roman Catholic centre for students at Queen’s University. 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). While a commentator on cultural affairs, Fr. de Souza devotes his time primarily to pastoral work, often preaching missions and retreats.
Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, 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 Nov 06 he was called up from the Supplementary Reserve to 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.
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.
Rosalie Jukier is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law where she obtained her B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees in 1983, winning the Aimé Geoffrion and Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medals. She went on to pursue graduate studies in law at Oxford University and became a member of the Quebec Bar. Since 1985, she has been a full-time professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, teaching and conducting research in various areas of comparative private law including Contracts and Remedies, Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure, the intersection between human rights and private law, judicial methodology and legal pedagogy. She has been recognized with teaching awards both at the Faculty level in 2004, and at the University level, winning the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, in 2010.
She has served McGill University as Dean of Students (1995-2001) and was a senior advisor to the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa (2005-2007), an organization dedicated to the development and delivery of legal education for judges. She has also served the Faculty of Law on three occasions as Associate Dean – of Graduate Studies, of Admissions and of Strategic Planning.
Her community service has been largely devoted to educational endeavours and to the Montreal Jewish community. She has served on the Board of Directors of Akiva School and Lower Canada College and she was Vice-President of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. She has also been involved in GenJ, Federation CJA’s initiative on Excellence in Jewish Education and Identity, running the joint BJEC/Faculty of Law annual Moot Beit Din program involving 300 Grade 10 students at Montreal’s Jewish day schools.
Marilyn, an active member of the Sgoolai Israel Synagogue Inc. in Fredericton, became it’s first female president this year.
Marilyn sits on the Board of the Atlantic Jewish Council and is the LPC Chair for Atlantic Canada. In 2004 she received the Atlantic Jewish Council Community Service Award in recognition for her volunteer work with both the Jewish and non- Jewish communities.
Marilyn served on the Board of Directors of Hadassah-Wizo of Canada as National General Secretary and as one of six National Vice- Presidents. She chaired the President’s Task Force and the committee of Presidents of Small Communities. She also served on the constitution, education and public affairs committees.
Marilyn Kaufman is a retired educator, a graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Physical Education, Cert.1V in 1974,and Cert.V in 2000.
As a member of the NB Teachers Federation she was active both at the local and provincial levels, serving three terms as Branch President, and eleven years as both Alternate and Branch Director on the Provincial Board. Media relations, constitution, resolutions, gender issues, and finance are a few of the committees on which she served.
She was recognized by the NB heart and Stroke Foundation for her many years of service with the school Jump Rope for Heart program. In 1991 she became one of the founding members of the NB Elementary Provincial Drama Festival. More recently, she sat on the Board of the Fredericton Playhouse Inc. serving her last two years as secretary.
Marilyn and husband Seymour have 4 children.
Rachel Levy is an experienced young professional with a range of public sector experience, and a record of community leadership. At the provincial level, Rachel has worked as a policy advisor to the Minister of Children and Youth Services and the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and currently serves as the Operations and Outreach Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. In addition to her provincial experience, Rachel has worked directly with federal Members of Parliament, and served as the Associate Director of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). In this capacity, Rachel worked with Members of Parliament to coordinate the second Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) Conference in Ottawa, chaired by the Honourable Irwin Cotler, MP.
Rachel has built on her experiences by working in various key capacities during high profile municipal and provincial political campaigns. An active young leader in the Jewish community, Rachel brings her skills and experiences to a range of leadership roles from volunteering with Jewish Family and Child Services, participation with Hillel while on campus and the annual Walk for Israel, and serving on various committees with CJPAC. Rachel currently sits as the CIJA Young Leaders’ Circle representative at the national board. Rachel has an Honours BA from York University, and MA in History from Queen’s University.
Dan Mader is a Vice President at NATIONAL Public Relations. He draws on his knowledge of policy, communications, and strategy to help NATIONAL’s clients succeed in an increasingly regulated world where public opinion and the political process are critical.
Dan has a deep background in consulting and public affairs, including nearly six years working as a senior advisor to federal cabinet ministers He served in policy roles at Treasury Board, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport. He also worked as Chief of Staff to the minister responsible for defence procurement. Dan later served as Deputy Director of Communications for a provincial election campaign, writing speeches and television ads and overseeing video production.
Dan began his career as a software developer. After earning an MBA, he worked as a management consultant and later as CTO of a technology company, managing the engineering team, overseeing product development, and crafting the company’s product roadmap.
In addition to his work with CIJA, Dan volunteers with the Writer’s Trust of Canada and the Jewish National Fund. He appears regularly on television, commenting on political strategy. Dan has an MBA from the University of Toronto and a Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo.
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 20 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 a partner in the law firm of Torys LLP and the practice leader of its Life Science and Technology Group, a cross-border group in New York, Toronto and Calgary. In 2013, she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence and Best Lawyer’s Toronto BioTechnology Lawyer of the Year and has the sole distinction of being ranked in numerous international and national rankings as a leading lawyer in life science and technology in both the U.S. and Canada. She advises pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and health technology companies, investors, investment banks as well as academic medical centres and hospitals. Her clients range from start-ups to the largest biotechnology company in the world.
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 advisor and prominent community leader. Mr. Ronen is Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress. He heads the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affair’s Development Committee and its Educational Missions to Israel program. By age 20, Moshe was a well-known human rights student activist, and later became the youngest president the Canadian Jewish Congress ever elected. He is also immediate past Chairman of the former Canada Israel Committee.
Mr. Ronen is a charismatic public speaker, noted debater and media commentator on Middle East issues and public affairs. In 1996 Moshe 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, presented to that province’s most outstanding community leaders. Mr. Ronen is a member of the Board of Directors of several major charities including the North York General Hospital.
Mr. Ronen is a director of First Capital Realty Corporation, a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian real estate developer and holding company with a growing shopping centre portfolio as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Skylink Aviation Group of Companies Inc., which specializes in emergency relief operations for the United Nations and many governments.
Mr. Ronen is married to Dara, and the couple has two children, Sari and Shye.
Nancy Rosenfeld is Vice-President (Canadian Affairs) of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and President of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. From 1995-98, she was a Special Advisor to Montreal Mayor Pierre Bourque and, from 1991-95, Executive Director of the Montreal YM-YWHA community centres.
Nancy has served on the Board and/or Executive Committees of many organizations including the Trans Canada Trail, Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, UIA Federations Canada, Federation CJA, Canada Israel Experience Centre, QIC, Shaare Zion Synagogue, St-George’s School and the Canadian Jewish News. She is past Chair of the Allocations Committee of Mazon Canada, was a member of the former Status of Women Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and was a member of the Boards of the former Canada-Israel Committee and Quebec-Israel Committee.
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 Camp B.B. Riback (as Past Chairman), the Jewish Federation of Edmonton (as Treasurer), 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 severed 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. David 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.
David 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, David 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 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.