Board of Directors
Welcome! It is an honour to introduce myself as the President of the Board of Directors at The Leo Baeck Day School.
After serving as Co-President alongside Avi Greenspoon last year, the Board of Directors has appointed me to serve as President for the 2017-18 school year. I look forward to working with Lisa Dack, our new Vice President, and welcome all of our new Board members. Tremendous opportunities await us in the year ahead.
Throughout the 2016-17 school year, our Board undertook the development of a new, five year Strategic Plan for the school. I invite you to review our new objectives and priorities. We will be updating you throughout the year as we begin to implement our plan. 2017/18 also ushers in an exciting chapter for our North Campus, as we relocate to the Lebovic Campus, into state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant hub for Jewish life in Vaughan.
I look forward to representing The Leo Baeck Day School in the year to come and welcome any questions or comments you have of us. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Board of Directors The Leo Baeck Day School
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Sara Arnstein is a Management Consultant with over 15 years of experience working with Deloitte specializing in Change Management, Leadership Development and Talent Management in the public and private sector. In her current role as Director, Strategic Initiatives, she works directly with the Managing Partner for the Canadian Consulting Practice and the Executive Leadership Team, to develop and deliver strategic business initiatives including strategy and business plan development. She holds a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the – 3 – University of Western Ontario. Sara has served on the Board of Directors for three years. In 2014/2015, Sara served on the Board as the ex-officio member of the Leo Baeck Parents’ Association (LBPA). She has served as Co-Chair of the LBPA at the South Campus and has been the Director of Communications and part of the LBPA Executive. She is a graduate from the Leo Baeck Day School. Sara and her husband Mark have three children, Ryan (Grade 6), Jake (Grade 4) and Maya (SK).
Claudia Aronowitz is a Certified Life and Leadership Coach and Mediator, specializing in helping individuals and organizations through change and transformation. Claudia’s past experience includes 20 years in senior positions in the health sector building national partnerships and programs, both in Israel and Canada. She was one of the founders of the leading not-for-profit organization in Israel which specializes in injury prevention for children. In 2008, after immigrating to Canada with her family, she became the Director of Programs and Services at SickKids Hospital. Claudia holds a Master in Public Health from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor in Nutrition from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she grew up. Claudia is a previous member of the board of directors for the Montessori Jewish Day School in Toronto and volunteers as a community mediator at St. Stephens Community House. Claudia and her husband, Jaime, have three children, two who are graduates of LB and their youngest son currently in 7th Grade at the South Campus.
Jeffrey Bly is a Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management at the Global Group of Companies. The Global Group is the largest Canadian manufacturer of office furniture. Jeffrey graduated from York University in 1989 and obtained his Chartered Accountants designation in 1992. After working at Ernst & Young from 1989 to 1993, Jeffrey joined the Global Group in 1994. Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) is a charity that Jeffrey has spent many years with. His initial involvement was as the Treasurer. Now he is an executive board member and sits on the international board of ICRF. Jeffrey is married with 4 children. Jeffrey and his wife, Janice, have one son enrolled at Leo Baeck South currently going into Grade 7. The eldest three are Leo Baeck South Campus graduates.
Lisa Dack is the current Vice President of the Board. She is on faculty in the Master of Teaching Program and Master of Arts in Child Study and Education Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE, UT). Lisa also works with schools and school boards throughout Ontario, helping to support administrators and teachers to engage in professional development that is closely tied to increased student achievement. Lisa has a doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Education from OISE, UT. She does extensive research and writing around school improvement, professional learning, and educational leadership. She is a previous member of the Board of Directors of TanenbaumCHAT, and is Co-Chair of the United Jewish Appeal’s Young Families initiative. Lisa is a graduate of the Leo Baeck Day School. Lisa and her husband, Jeff, have three children: Sadie (Grade 2), Rachel (JK) and Dylan (JK 2019).
Mitchell Glickman is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Livingston International, a prominent Canadian logistics company, where he leads a team responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and major corporate initiatives. Prior to joining Livingston, Mitch worked at Culligan International in Chicago, where he was instrumental in leading numerous strategy and finance projects. Earlier in his career, he held roles in investment banking and private equity. Mitch’s private sector roles have typically involved partnering with senior executives and board members to drive strategic value. His non-profit experience includes membership in the UJA’s Bay Street Cabinet and various leadership roles at Chicago Cares, a Chicago-based community volunteer organization. Mitch earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Mitch and his wife Samantha have 3 children; Zoë (Grade 3), Stella (Grade 1) and Phoebe (JK in 2018).
Rebecca Slan Jerusalim
Rebecca Slan Jerusalim is a Principal at Korn Ferry Hay Group. An integral part of her work is helping clients optimize their talent, by conducting assessments for selection, development and high potential identification and executive coaching, to broader leadership enablement through competency modeling, team effectiveness and succession planning. She works across industries, typically with senior executive audiences at global organizations. Prior to Korn Ferry, Rebecca worked as a consultant at two small boutique firms, as well as for her own consulting practice. She has been a member of a Toronto Hadassah Chapter, helping to organize a yearly successful fundraising event. A registered psychologist, Rebecca earned her B.A. from McGill University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and business reports, and invited to speak at conferences. Rebecca and her husband, Craig, have two children: Kylie (5) who has been at the Leo Baeck South Campus for two years, and Jordyn (3) who is excitedly looking to join her sister there in Fall 2017.
Caroline Kowall is currently a Director, Legal at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Caroline is originally from Strasbourg, France and has spent a number of years in London, UK where she studied and worked in various law firms. There she met her husband Mischa and together they moved to Canada 8 years ago. They have a daughter, Zoé, who is currently in Grade 1.
Micki Mizrahi was born and grew up in Ottawa. She participated on the March of the Living in 1990 and was the chaperon for Elie Wiesel, she headed Jewish Programming at CBBO and served on the Holocaust Education Committee and BBYO. She graduated from McGill University with a B.Ed. in Jewish Education and M.A. in Culture and Values in Education. In Montreal, Micki wrote curricula with the BJE. She participated in the CJA Young Leadership, ICRF Next Generation and Jewish General Hospital fundraising. After graduating, she was the Instructor of “History of Judaism and the Jewish People” at Carlton University. Upon moving to Toronto, Micki worked as a Teacher, Director of Education and Vice Principal. She completed her Principal’s Certification at York University. Micki has worked with various committees: FSWC (Co-Chair of Spirit of Hope 2014 with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush), CFIM, Co-Chair Small Wonders NOW 2013-2016, Co-Chair Jerusalem Foundation Jubilee Gala 2017 and UJA. Most recently, within UJA, Micki was Co-Chair of the Lion of Judah and Atarah divisions, Co-Chair of the 2012 and 2013 Walk with Israel, the Israel Engagement Committee, CIJA LPC and BOD of JCC’s and Koffler. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Hillel Ontario and is a member of the Board of The Leo Baeck Day School and JFCS. Micki and her husband are members of Fisher Flight JFNA. She is the recipient of the 2014 UJA Leadership Development Award. Micki is married to Sam and they have two children, Eden and Ethan.
Eli Mogil is the current President of the Board. He is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Eli earned his B.A. from Cornell University, his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2006. A key part of Eli’s practice is professional regulation of teachers in Ontario in his role representing the Ontario College of Teachers. Eli has previously served as Chair of the Young Leadership Advocacy Group within the Canadian Jewish – 4 – Political Affairs Committee and is a member of the Ben Gurion Society of the UJA. In previous years, Eli has served as Chair of the Strategy Committee (2015-2016) and as Co-President of the Board (2016-2017). Eli currently has two children at Leo Baeck’s South Campus, Sam (Grade 4) and Reese (Grade 2).
Dr. Janna Nadler
Dr. Janna Nadler currently teaches senior high school English at the B’Nei Akiva Schools in Toronto (Ulpanat Orot & Yeshivat Or Chaim). Janna is also the Owner/Director of Book Clubs by Janna and, as such, gives book reviews and lectures and moderates BookTalks for study groups throughout the G.T.A. Janna has a B.Ed. and M.A. from York University and a Ph.D. in English Literature from McMaster University. Janna’s past experience as a university professor and her current experience as a high school teacher have provided her with unique insight into The Leo Baeck Day School’s academic, administrative and curricular foundation and approach. Janna and her husband, Mike, have three children; two (Jordan & Aliza) at Leo Baeck’s North Campus and one (Maya) who recently graduated from Leo Baeck. Janna has served on the Board for the past two years.
Mandie Orvitz earned a B.A. (Hon) degree from York University with a focus on child psychology, and has since continued her education in Behaviour Management and Applied Behavioural Analysis. Mandie has over 15 years of experience working as both a Behaviour Therapist and Program Director for children and teens with Autism/P.D.D. and behavioural challenges. Mandie currently works part-time in home renovations and consults with families with special needs children. Currently an executive member of the – 6 – LBPA, Mandie will be the North Campus LBPA co-chair for the 2017/18 school year. Mandie has two children who attend Leo Baeck North: Micah (Grade 4) and Ben (Grade 2).
Daniel Pollack is a chartered accountant and accredited insolvency and restructuring professional, employed as a Director, Special Loans and Portfolio Management at KingSett Capital, a private equity real estate investment firm. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at The University of British Columbia. Daniel currently has one daughter at Leo Baeck’s South Campus, Abigail, in Grade 4.
Cheryl Silver Posner
Cheryl Silver Posner is currently General Counsel at Toshiba of Canada Limited. Previously, Cheryl was a partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in the Business Law Group before spending 7 years as Corporate Counsel at Wal-Mart Canada Corp. Her legal practise has always focused on a mix of corporate/commercial and regulatory/compliance work with significant M&A and restructuring experience. At Toshiba, Cheryl is a member of the executive management team and is involved with other members of management and the Board of Directors in the strategic plans for the company. She has an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Cheryl grew up in Toronto where she attended Jewish day school until junior high and Jewish overnight camp as both a camper and staff. Cheryl and her husband, Alan, have 2 children; Emmett is currently in SK at Leo Baeck South and is excited for Grade 1 in the fall of 2017 and Shane who cannot wait to join his big brother at Leo Baeck South when he enters JK in September 2017.
Brian Radnoff is a lawyer practicing commercial litigation at Lerners LPP in Toronto, where he is a partner and member of the Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups. He was called to the B.C. Bar in 1998 and the Ontario Bar in 2000. Brian regularly deals with corporate governance, employment law, defamation law, professional liability and administrative and regulatory litigation. He has also been involved in several cases involving complicated valuation issues. He is co-chair of his firm’s technology and litigation support committee, assisting the firm in its goal to employ technology to become paperless. Brian has a mix of individual and corporate/institutional clients, whom he regularly advises on a very broad range of litigation-related issues. Brian is adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto Law School. Brian has a B.Comm and M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, and an LL.B. from the University of Victoria. Through his education and work experience, Brian is very familiar with accounting concepts and financial statements. Brian and his wife, Adrienne Fine-Furneaux, have one child, Noah (Grade 2 in 2017-2018). Adrienne is a very active volunteer at the school.
Daniel Rethazy is a Senior Vice President at CIBC where he is responsible for global Contact Centre operations. He was previously at TD in Wealth Management and in Direct Channels. Prior to banking, Daniel was an Associate Principal at McKinsey and Company in Toronto where he joined after completing his MBA from Harvard Business School. Daniel served on the Board of Directors for UJA Federation from 2014-2016. He is also the past Chair of the Joshua Institute for Communal Learning and Leadership Development. He is currently Chair of the Toronto Jewish Community Performance Dashboard Committee and a Committee member for the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education where he is involved in a task force to improve the efficiency and operations of Jewish day schools. Daniel was the recipient of the UJA Leadership Development Award in 2015. Daniel is married to Lauren Greisman and they have two boys at the Leo Baeck South Campus, Oliver (Grade 3) and Owen (Grade 1).
Erika Rubin is a past Co-President of the Board and has served on the Board since 2008. A Portfolio Manager at GRI Capital, Erika has served on the Finance and Audit Committee, among others. Erika holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from McGill University. She is also a CFA Charterholder. She was a Board member of the Avenue Road Eglinton Community Association for nearly a decade where she held the position of Treasurer. Prior to that, Erika was a Founder and Director of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee, a U.S.-based organization focused on supporting young women running for public office. Erika is married to Adam Breslin and they have three children, Lauren (Grade 9), Ethan (Grade 5) and Hope (Grade 2).
Pekka Sinervo, FRSC is an elementary particle physicist who was involved in the 1994 discovery of the top quark at FermiLab and the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN. He earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1986 and joined the physics department at University of Toronto in 1990. He is a tenured full professor and a former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. He was also the Rosi and Max Varon visiting professor at the Weizmann Institute from September 2008 to April 2009 and served as senior vice-president for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research from 2009 to 2015. Pekka became a member of Temple Emanu-El in 2007 and has been Temple president since 2013. He is married with two children, both having attended Leo Baeck School, and has two grandchildren.
Jamie Spinner is currently a Senior Investment Consultant with Prime Quadrant, a multi-family office that provides investment consulting advice to high net worth families and individuals. Prior to joining Prime Quadrant, Jamie was an Investment Manager at a single family office and prior to that he spent eight years as a Director in Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton, focused on mid-market M&A and financing for privately held and family owned businesses. Jamie also has four years of capital markets experience in equity research covering public companies in the consumer product and retail sector. Jamie moved to Toronto in 1997 and grew up in Montreal where he attended Jewish day school through high school. Jamie has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and International Business from McGill University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Jamie is also a CFA Charterholder. Jamie and his wife, Ali, have 2 children: Robyn (9) is currently enjoying her 5th year at Leo Baeck South and is looking forward to Grade 4 and Jordan (6) is excited to graduate from SK and start Grade 1 beginning in September 2017.
Shelley (Samel) Weiner
Shelley (Samel) Weiner has served on the Board since 2012 and is a past co-President of the Board. After having practiced advertising and marketing law at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP for 15 years, Shelley started her own firm in 2014, Shelley Samel Law, which is a boutique advertising and marketing law firm. Shelley grew up in Ottawa where she attended Jewish day school and studied journalism at Carleton University before moving to Toronto 22 years ago to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Shelley has also served on the board of a start-up child-health related charity as well as on the Child & Youth Services committee of Jewish Child & Family Services. Shelley and her husband, Brian, have two daughters, Jamie (Grade 7) and Talia (Grade 4), at Leo Baeck’s North Campus.
Brian Weiner is the Vice President and Head of Product and Strategy for Visa Canada. He has responsibility for Visa’s full suite of products and for setting the corporate direction in Canada in collaboration with the rest of the Canadian leadership team. He holds an MBA (Accounting) from York University and a BComm (Economics) from Carleton. Brian previously served as a Board Member, Child and Youth Services Committee Member, and Big Brother for Jewish Family and Child Services. He has also led Visa’s Let’s Make a Difference Committee and is currently an Honorary Chair of the OneWalk for Cancer Research in support of Princess Margaret Hospital. He and his wife Shelley, also a Board member, have been Leo Baeck parents for many years and currently have two children – Jamie (Grade 8) and Talia (Grade 5) at the North Campus
Jamie Wise is the Founder of BUZZ Indexes and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Periscope Capital, a Toronto-based hedge fund manager. BUZZ Indexes creates and maintains proprietary – 5 – quantitative index and portfolio strategies based on Big Data analytics models. Established in 2009, Periscope Capital is an alternative investment asset manager focused on cross-asset arbitrage strategies. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Business Administration, graduating first in his class from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1998. Jamie holds the CFA designation and has completed multiple regulatory examinations in Canada and the United States. Jamie’s community involvement includes acting as co-chair of UJA’s Walk with Israel in 2012 and 2013, involvement in the Sick Kids Innovator Program and is a participating member of UJA’s Bay Street Cabinet. Jamie and his wife, Lauren, currently have three children at Leo Baeck’s South Campus, Elle (Grade 4) and Sophie (Grade 2) and Teddy (Grade 1).