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Max Eisen survived Auschwitz. He committed his life to Holocaust education and awareness. His memoir, By Chance Alone, won the prestigious Canada Reads Award. For his contribution to Canada, he had won many awards and 4 Honorary Doctorates and the Order of Canada. Max Eise passed away on July 6, 2022 at 93 years old.
A Canadian icon, Paul Godfrey is a Member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and has an Honourary Doctorate. He is the Founder and Chairman of Postmedia; the former Chairman of the Ontario Gaming Corporation; Chairman of Metro Toronto; President & CEO of the Toronto Sun; President & CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Rogers Centre. He serves as Honourary Chair of AGPI and sits on many boards including as the former Chairman of RioCan (after serving there for 27 years), and currently with CargoJet, Bragg Gaming Group, among others.
Avi Abraham Benlolo is a noted prominent Canadian human rights defender and the founder and visionary behind the The Abraham Global Peace Initiative. He was the founding President & CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center - creating all of its programming and infrastructure; has received an honorary doctorate; the Order of Vaughan; the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal; the Canadian Race Relations Award and many others for his work in advancing pluralism, diversity and equity.
Mark Teitelbaum is the President of The Abraham Global Peace Initiative. An exceptional entrepreneur with moral and ethical fortitude, Mr. Teitelbaum business skill, oversight and strategic planning ability is second to none. Coming from a family of Holocaust survivors, he is passionate about community involvement and leadership and instilling values of kindness, compassion and "Tzedakah" in his children.
Leora Shemesh is recognized as one of the top criminal lawyers in Ontario. A powerhouse in her own right and strong advocate for social justice and defending the vulnerable, Ms. Shemesh has won awards, garnered media attention and contributed her spare time to promoting human rights and giving back to her profession and community.
Justin Linden is a prominent Canadian lawyer at Linden & Associates., a thriving law firm in Toronto. Known for his leadership and philanthropy, Mr. Linden served as the Chairman of the Canadian Opera Company and has been involved on a number of charities in the Jewish community. Mr. Linden proudly advocates for Israel and fights Antisemitism.
The Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, P.C., BA, MA, LL.M is the immediate former Mayor of Vaughan. He was an MP for 22 years as Minister of State - Finance, Minister of State - Science, Research & Development, and Chair of the Finance Committee. While he sits on the boards of many organizations including AGPI. He has made Vaughan into a world class city and raised $250 million for its hospital.
Richard Brooks is the managing partner of Brooks Business Lawyers, a boutique business law firm located in Toronto, Canada which he founded in 1999 and which services the needs of Canadian businesses and their stakeholders. Richard is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor and has served on numerous boards for non-profits and other charities.
Deputy Commissioner Dr. Shawna Coxon has a BA, MA and a Ph.D. in Criminal Law. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of Toronto Police, where she served for 21 years. She now serves in the second highest policing position in Ireland's police and security services, as Deputy Commissioner. A strong advocate for human rights, Coxon has volunteered in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and other places.
Dr. Susan Glick is a University of Toronto trained family physician with a special interest in psychotherapy, practicing in Thornhill and North Toronto since 1983. Dr. Glick is associated with UJA Federation, B'nai Brith, JNF, FSWC, Associated Hebrew School and CHAT. She is the daughter in-law of Holocaust survivors and is dedicated to supporting AGPI.
Stephen D.A. Clark is a corporate lawyer with a specialty in financial services regulation. For over 40 years, as a partner and Practice Group Chair in Canada’s largest law firms, Stephen has advised banks and other financial institutions on regulatory and M&A legal matters. Stephen recently joined Air Canada as its General Counsel – Loyalty providing strategic business and legal advice.
Bruce Etherington is one of Canada's leading financial advisors. Active in his community as well as with numerous charitable organizations throughout Canada, he is a past member of the Governor’s Circle, the Advisory Board to David Johnson Governor General of Canada on the subject of Community Foundations. He is a respected speaker, author and faith leader.
Harry Silverberg is the CEO of Dominion Roofing, one of the largest roofing companies in Canada. He is the Founding member and former President of the Residential Roofers Contractors Association and former Vice President of the Residential Siding Contractors Association. He is a strong supporter of Philanthropy and education.
Herb Singer is one of Canada's leading business people. As the founder and former Chairman of Discount Car and Truck Rentals, Mr. Singer rose to become a community activist and philanthropist. He has dedicated his life to pursuing freedom, justice and human rights and to standing with organizations such as this that strive to pursue peace.
Dr. Philip Solomon is one of the nation's top medical practitioners in the area of Head and Neck cancer surgery, Reconstructive Facial Surgery and Facial Cosmetic Plastic Surgery including rhinoplasty, facelift, blepharoplasty and otoplasty surgery. As a Director, he represents the AGPI Board of Governors, giving them voice on the Board. Dr. Solomon is a human rights advocate who supports the promotion of peace, tolerance and advancement of humanity.
Jonathan Solursh is an international management leader with experience in North America, Europe, Russia, the Caribbean and Central America. Spanning almost three decades, Mr. Solursh has acted as the accountable manager in a multitude of situations. He has taken on CEO, CFO and CRO roles, managing complex employee groups, stakeholders and commercial operations as a broad-based leader and change agent.
Chief of Police Stephen Tanner is one of the longest serving police chiefs in Canada. Appointed by the Governor General of Canada as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Chief Tanner has headed the Kingston, Belleville and now the Halton police services. His involvement in diversity and concern for human rights is longstanding.
Maryka Weisz is a community leader involved in Holocaust education, women's leadership, and business affairs. As a hidden child during the Holocaust, she fortunately survived Nazi deportations to concentration camps. After the war, along with her family, she fled Hungary because of the rampant Antisemitism. For this reason, she had dedicated her life to countering Antisemitism and promoting human rights for all.
Lawrence Wilder is a Partner at Toronto law firm, Miller Thomson. He has a long history of community leadership, involvement and philanthropy. Professionally, his practice focuses on representing public and private entrepreneurs and assisting them in successfully growing their businesses. Lawrence handles all aspects of the development curve, from initial equity funding to IPO’s.