Ottawa—The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has confirmed the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Nominations to the CIJA Board are guided by an independent process whereby the Nominations Committee assesses the background, specific skills, experience, and other relevant qualifications of prospective Directors and submits a list of candidates to the CIJA membership for consideration. CIJA benefits immensely from the knowledge, experience, and passion of its Board members.
“We are privileged to welcome, and eager to begin working with, Dr. Mario Silva, David Spiro, and Jonathan Goldbloom who bring a wealth of talent and a deep commitment to Canadian Jewish advocacy,” said David J. Cape, Chair of CIJA’s Board of Directors. “We would also like to sincerely thank David Engel, Lisa Samson, and Sheila Copps for their distinguished service to CIJA and to the Jewish community. Though they will no longer serve as Board members, their contribution to CIJA will continue to positively impact Canadian Jewry.”
Dr. Mario Silva is an author and international legal scholar who has had a distinguished career as an elected municipal and federal official. He was appointed by the Government of Canada to serve as the 2013 Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
David Spiro is a businessman who served as the first Chair of CIJA’s GTA Local Partnership Committee. He has also served on the boards of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Jonathan Goldbloom is a communications expert with a focus on crisis and issues management who led Bob Rae’s campaign for Liberal Party leadership. Mr. Goldbloom was a member of CIJA’s local partner council in Quebec and of the Quebec-Israel Committee Board of Directors.
The new Board members join returning Directors:
David J. Cape, Chair (Montreal); Stockwell Day (Vancouver); Father Raymond de Souza (Kingston); Ed Fitch (Victoria); Ronnen Harary (Toronto); Rosalie Jukier (Montreal); Marilyn Kaufman (Fredericton); David Koschitzky (Toronto); David Kroft (Winnipeg); Rachel Levy (Toronto); Dan Mader (Ottawa); Eric Maldoff (Montreal); Jason Murray (Vancouver); Berl Nadler (Toronto); Lorne Nystrom (Regina); Rabbi Reuben Poupko (Montreal); Cheryl Reicin (Toronto); Joel Reitman (Toronto); Moshe Ronen (Toronto); Nancy Rosenfeld (Montreal); Jeffrey Rosenthal (Toronto); Carol Ryder (Calgary); Steven Shafir (Edmonton); and Sara Zagdanski (Toronto).