Defending Our Future. Protecting Our Past.
Defending Our Future. Protecting Our Past.
The Honourable Bill Blair was first elected the Member of Parliament for Scarborough Southwest in 2015.
Raised in Scarborough and the son of a police officer, Minister Blair learned at an early age that “serve” comes before “protect” for a reason. He served 39 years with the Toronto Police Service, the last decade as its Chief of Police.
Tony Comper, an Order of Canada recipient, jointly with his late wife Elizabeth, Mr. Comper is one of Canada’s most influential business and civil society leaders. As the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Montreal, Mr. Comper has dedicated his time to advancing human rights and combating Antisemitism.
Peter Gordon MacKay PC QC is a lawyer and one of Canada's most distinguished politicians. He was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2015 and has served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet of Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Jeannie Beker is a prominent Canadian television and fashion icon. She was designated a member of the Order of Canada in 2013; a recipient of the Crystal lifetime achievement award for Women in Film and Television and the Special Academy Achievement Award from the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television. Beker is is the daughter of two Holocaust Survivors, dedicating herself to promoting human rights in all her work.
The Honourable Stockwell Day served as an elected official over 25 years, having been elected and re-elected nine times. He was Alberta's Minister of Labour, Minister of Social Services, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister of Finance. Federally, Mr. Day served as Canada’s Leader of the Official Opposition, Minister of Public Safety, Minister of International Trade, and President of the Treasury Board.
Lieutenant General (Ret) Charles Bouchard served in the Royal Canadian Airforce. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada; a Commander of the Order of Military Merit; an Officer of the U.S Legion of Merit, three oak leaf clusters; un Officer de la Légion d’Honeur (France); and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross. He also held leadership roles with Nato and Norad.
An Order of Canada recipient, Robert Lantos is a noted Canadian film producer, having produced 40 feature films. He has won several Golden Globes and nominated for Oscars. A staunch supporter of the fight against Antisemitism, Mr. Lantos continues to be outspoken and a proud defender of human rights on the world stage.
Vince Hawkes is the former Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. He is now also based in Washington D.C. where he serves as Director of Global Policing International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute and International Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program. He has an Honourary Doctorate and the Order of Merit.
The Hon. Jerry S. Grafstein, B.A., J.D., Q.C. is a Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician who served in the Senate of Canada from 1984 to 2010. Grafstein was the longest-serving member of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served as co-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-parliamentary group and as a senior officer with the OSCE. Grafstein has been outspoken about antisemitism, racism, intolerance and human rights.
The Hon. Joe Volpe is currently the Publisher and President of the Corriere Canadese, the only Italian language daily newspaper outside of Italy. He served as a Member of Parliament for more than two decades. During that time, he provided leadership in several capacities at the very highest echelons of government.
Leslie Lewis Dan is a Canadian businessman and pharmacist. He founded Novopharm, one of Canada's most successful generic pharmaceutical companies, sold to Teva Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Dan is a noted philanthropist and has been awarded the prestigious Order of Canada and Order of Ontario for his charitable efforts.
Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin prison. Her best selling book, After Tehran broke open her story. She won the Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament among many distinguished recognitions for her human rights work.
Chief Armand Labarge (Retired) OOM, CStJ, LL.D. (Hon), MPhil, MA, BAS, BA (Hons), CMMIII is Chair of Trent University's Board of Governors, is former Chief of York Regional Police and President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Director of Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Labarge received the Police Exemplary Services Medal from the Governor General of Canada.
Jeff McGuire is the former Chief of Police of Niagra Region and currently serves as Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief McGuire received the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and was elevated to Officer of the Order of Merit. Alongside many accolades and awards, he is also the recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
David Charles Onley, CM OOnt is a Canadian former journalist who served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 2007 until 2014. Prior to his viceregal appointment, Mr. Onley was a respected television journalist. He is a champion of fighting for rights of disabled persons and has been an outspoken defender of human rights.
Chief Adam Palmer has been Vancouver's police Chief since 2015. He is highly regarded in Canada. He has received the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and is past President of CACP. He serves on many boards including the Board of directors of the Major Cities Chiefs of Police Association.
Robert Presser, M.B.A. is currently a member of the Quebec Regional Executive of CIJA. He was previously involved in Canadian Jewish Congress from 1989 until its dissolution, last serving as National Treasurer.Robert served as Chairman of the Board of Defense Construction Canada, a federal Crown corporation He is also the Vice President of privately-held Acme Engineering Products, responsible for international sales network in various countries around the world.
Raheel Raza is a fearless activist for human rights, prolific author, courageous supporter of women's issues, international public speaker and a bridge builder between communities. She believes in the values of free speech, democracy, gender equality and pluralism. Recently she started a new organization called Muslims Against Antisemitism
Tom Stamatakis is the President of the Canadian Police Association, and the International Council of Police Representative Associations. The CPA is the national voice for 60,000 police personnel across Canada. Membership includes police personnel serving in 160 police services across Canada, from Canada's smallest towns to its cities.
Edward Sonshine has been one of the most recognizable names in Canadian business circles for decades. He is the Founder and Chairman of RioCan REIT. He Chairs the Chesswood Group and AWZ Ventures. He served as a Director of the Royal Bank of Canada and Cineplex Entertainment. Mr. Sonshine has chaired the UJA campaign, State of Israel Bonds, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation among many community organizations.
An MP for Edmonton Mill Woods, The Hon. Tim Uppal has a long track record of fighting racism and intolerance. He has served as Minister of Democratic Institutions, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) and is currently serving his third term as Member of the Canadian House of Commons. Uppal introduced The National Holocaust Monument Act leading to the establishment of the National Holocaust Memorial.
Mayor Tara Veer was elected as Mayor in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Prior to that, she was elected to City Council in 2004, 2007 and 2010. Among the many council leadership positions she led included the Alberta Midsized Cities Mayor's Caucus; the Municipal Planning Commission, Chair, the Audit Committee, the Central Alberta Waste Commission.
Rev. Dr David Wells M.A., D.D. serves as the General Superintendent (CEO) of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) which has close to 1,200 churches, 3,700 credentialed leaders and a constituency of close to 240,000 people. He also serves nationally and globally with several interdenominational Christian and Multi-Faith organizations. He also serves nationally and globally with several interdenominational Christian and Multi-Faith organizations.
Chief Mark Saunders, O.O.M. served as Toronto's police chief for five years. He held the top title there from April 2015 until his last day on July 31, 2020. Prior to being named the first-ever Black chief, Saunders worked in several units of the service, including homicide, professional standards and emergency task force. Saunders has been appointed special advisor of the renewal project of Ontario Place.
Dr. Aurel Braun is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto; a Center Associate of the Davis Center at Harvard University; a senior member of the Centre for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs; a Fellow and Senator of Trinity College.
Murray Goldman is the Founder and CEO of The Goldman Group. Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Mr. Goldman initially studied to be a doctor. But two years into his pre-med studies at Dalhousie University for economic reasons, he was obliged to abandon that dream. He moved to Toronto where he has lived ever since. Mr. Goldman’s longstanding preference for redeveloping inner city sites stems from a desire to leave green suburban spaces green and retrofit obsolete properties through urban renewal projects.
Deputy Chief Rai is the recipient of a Chief Constable’s Commendation for “courage and professionalism,” two Chief Constable Unit Citations, and a Police Exemplary Service Medal. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Khalsa Diwan Society Exemplary Community Service Award and appointed to the Member of Merit of the Police Forces in May 2016, and promoted to the Order of Merit in May 2020. The Order of Merit is “a fellowship of honour recognizing the highest qualities of citizenship, service to Canada, to the police community and to humanity at large.”