FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2019
PRESS RELEASE: CIJA CONFIRMS APPOINTMENT OF NEW DIRECTORS
Ottawa, ON — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) has confirmed the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.
Nominations to the CIJA Board are guided by an independent nominating process, which examines the background, skills, experience, and other relevant qualifications of prospective Directors. A list of candidates is produced through consultations with federations and other stakeholders across the country. The independent Nominations Committee – comprised of federation representatives and ad persona members – consider all of the candidates and recommend a slate of directors to the CIJA Membership (the “shareholders” of the organization). Special attention is given to achieving balance with respect to regional, gender and demographic attributes, as well as the qualities that candidates can leverage to advance the mission of the organization.
“The composition of CIJA’s new board maintains our proud tradition of non-partisan political engagement at both the national and local levels,” said Joel Reitman, incoming Board Co-Chair. “Consisting of distinguished leaders with diverse backgrounds, spanning the political spectrum, as well as those representing Jewish communities from coast to coast, this group brings diverse talent and energy to Canadian Jewish advocacy.”
“Representing the perspectives of more than 150,000 Jewish Canadians affiliated through local Jewish Federations, CIJA is the pre-eminent voice building support for the People of Israel and the Canada-Israel bilateral relationship. CIJA is also a champion of human rights here in Canada, striving to make Canada a better place for everyone, while supporting local Jewish Federations – including the enhancement of community security and the protecting against the scourge of antisemitism,” said Jeffrey Rosenthal, incoming Board Co-Chair.
“My co-chair, Joel Reitman, joins me in offering sincere thanks to Tamara Fathi, Adam Hummel, David Koschitzky, and Father Raymond de Souza for their outstanding and dedicated 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 Jewish Canadians across the country.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
More information about incoming board members:
- Rafi Brass: Raphael (Rafi) Brass has been a government consultant at Bluesky Strategy Group since April 2015 and worked on Parliament Hill for two Liberal MPs. He will be joining the Board as a delegate from CIJA’s Young Leaders Circle.
- Michael Eliesen: Michael is a successful businessman, who has had extensive engagement with various philanthropic causes including March of the Living, various Israel-based institutions and of course, Federation CJA in Montreal.
- Hartley Lefton: Hartley is a partner at Dentons LLP and has been very active within the Jewish community as well as the political sector at both the provincial and federal levels.
- Yael Ricquenbourg: Born in France, Yaël moved to Montreal in 2010. She has a Masters degree in Business Administration and International Negotiation from Rennes International Business School and is the Executive Director of the Palliative Care Foundation at Hôpital Notre-Dame (CHUM). She will be joining the Board as a delegate from CIJA’s Young Leaders Circle.
Joel Reitman, Co-Chair (ON); Jeffrey Rosenthal, Co-Chair (ON); David Cape, Immediate Past Chair(QC); Toby Abramsky (ON); John Baird (ON) ; Barbara Bank (ON); Patrick Benaroche (QC); Darrell Dexter (NS); Rick Ekstein (ON); Heather Fenyes (SK); Maxyne Finkelstein (QC); Ed Fitch (BC); Jonathan Goldbloom (QC); Ronnen Harary (ON); Marilyn Kaufman (NB); Joel Lazer (MB); Jeffrey Miller (ON); Jason Murray (BC); Rabbi Reuben Poupko (QC); Moshe Ronen, Secretary (ON); Carol Ryder, Treasurer (AB); Steven Shafir (AB); Alan Shuster (BC); Jeff Smith (AB); David Spiro (ON).