Gary Diamond is the President and CEO of Shift Recycling, which he started in 2010. Since then, Shift has grown to become the largest electronics recycling company in Ontario. Prior to founding Shift, Gary was the founder of Endura Energy, a solar rooftop development company and practiced corporate and securities law at Goodmans LLP. Gary has been very involved in Jewish community life since university, holding various positions including President of Hillel Western, board member of Hillel International, and university student representative on the CIJA Board of Directors. He is also a board member for the Ontario Waste Management Association and an active fundraiser for Kayla’s Children Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital. Gary holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is married with two young children.
Jenna Kellner Izraelski, a Schulich MBA & McGill BComm grad, is currently the Head of Revenue, Growth, and Marketing for Ownr, an RBC Ventures company. Jenna was recognized by the WXN in 2017 as one of the Top 100 Women in Canada. With experience in tech, FI, and not-for-profit, Jenna has led marketing for a broad spectrum of products and services spanning new product launches, large-scale B2B software sales, and national not-for-profit campaigns and programs. She has been deeply involved in the community throughout her career, sitting on the board of JNF for eight years, chairing JNF Future, chairing The House's JEDx in 2017, and leading partnerships for the 2014 TEDxToronto conference. Jenna is excited to be chairing UJA Genesis.
“I’m excited to help shape and grow Jewish Toronto.”
- Gary Diamond
Dana Lerner is an executive recruiter and President of Venture Talent. Dana received her J.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2008 and is a lawyer licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. She has experience in financial services, formerly working in wealth management at RBC Dominion Securities. Dana chairs a monthly Women’s Breakfast Speaker Series with the Temmy Latner Forest Hill Jewish Centre and is the Founder and Past Chair of the One Family Fund Annual Bikeathon. She is an active member of the Innovators at Sick Kids Hospital and regularly volunteers her time at the Sterling Hall School and Bishop Strachan School. She has been a volunteer at UJA since she was a child and is looking forward to continuing her involvement with the organization.
Kyle Lichtman leads the End of Promotion, Customer Base Marketing team at Rogers and has been an active member of the Jewish community for over 10 years. His Jewish involvement began during his time as the President of Hillel at Western University and continued into his current role as Co-Chair of Lead for UJA’s Genesis. Upon graduating from Western University, Kyle received the Honours W Award for outstanding contribution to the community through volunteer and extracurricular activity. He also holds a master’s degree in international business from England’s University of London.
Kyle is also involved with Chabad of York Mills, where he spearheaded a Shabbat dinner program for young professionals and was awarded their Young Leadership Award in 2013. Kyle was also an ICRF Board Member for nine years, and created ICRF’s Next Generation event, Revolving Tables. In 2012, Kyle was awarded the ICRF Volunteer Award. Kyle is a graduate of the Joshua Institute and has held several positions at UJA, from Co-Chair of the Birthright Madrichim-in-Training program to several Annual Campaign fundraising positions on the Young Leaders executive, including Co-Chairing UJA’s U40. In 2018, Kyle was honoured with UJA Federation’s Leadership Development Award. When not lending his efforts to the community, Kyle is enjoying life with his wife, Marli and son, Max.
Anthony Lipkin is the Vice President of Growth and Partnerships at Intersect, one of Canada’s leading innovation firms, where he drives business development, strategic partnerships, and marketing. Anthony’s career began in the mid-2000’s with TBWA, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world. After a successful stint leading the digital strategies for some of the world’s most preeminent brands, Anthony’s entrepreneurial spirit came calling. By 2011, Anthony was a founding partner of Dx3, Canada’s largest technology event for the marketing and retail industries, where he lead all facets of growth, content, and overall operational management. As a vocal advocate for Toronto, Anthony is actively involved in the local startup ecosystem, advising companies like Abacus Agency (Facebook ad buying) and Pinch Financial (fintech), while also being an advisor and former Board Director to Sketch, a local Toronto charity that empowers homeless youth through access to educational and employment opportunities within the cultural and arts sectors.
Assaf Weisz, Chief Strategy Office at Artscape, leads organizational strategy development and runs an innovation lab focused on arts and culture as a driver of urban development. Prior to that, Assaf was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Purpose Capital, Canada’s leading impact investment advisory firm, which assisted investors with more than $200 million in capital allocations. Assaf has also taught social entrepreneurship at York University’s Schulich School of Business and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Engineering. He also served as National Director for Nexus Global, a community of millennial investors and philanthropists, and was selected as a WEF Global Shaper, a fellow of the Brookfield Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a fellow of the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation. In 2014, he was presented with the Possibilities Thinker award, and in 2013 he was profiled as a Canadian Under 30 Who Is Changing the Country by the CBC. Assaf was born on Kibbutz Adamit and spent much of his upbringing at Camp Shomria in Perth, Ontario, as a camper and then national director for the organization.
Noah Goldstein recently joined Feigelsohn Kellar as a partner. Feigelsohn Kellar is one of Canada’s leading experts in estate planning for affluent families. Before this move, Noah spent 9 years at Gluskin Sheff + Associates in the Client Wealth Management Group. He earned his CFA designation in 2013. Noah became involved with UJA in 2012 as a participant on the NEXT Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, where he realized his passion for helping others find ways to connect and give back to the community in a hands-on way.
Jeffrey Kimel is the President and CEO of Harlo Capital, a private equity real estate and development firm based in Toronto. Jeffrey leads the executive team and oversees Harlo Capital’s growth strategy. He is chiefly responsible for providing strategic oversight for raising capital, investment management, and project acquisitions, as well as seeking new development opportunities and partners.
Jeffrey actively serves on various boards and charitable organizations, and is highly committed to helping them carry out their individual missions. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the CAMH Foundation, the committee of the Barrie 2 Baycrest Annual Bike Ride, and the SickKids Foundation Campaign Cabinet. In February 2019, he also founded the Annual Pond Hockey Tourney in support of SickKids Hospital. In addition, Jeffrey sits on the Management Committee of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hockey club, and is a Director at Chase Hospitality Group and Overactive Media.
After completing her JD/MBA at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business, Gabi Mandowsky joined Torys LLP in their Corporate and Capital Markets Group. She then moved into business and legal affairs at Aver Media, a boutique lender in film and television, before joining BMO where she currently acts as Director in the Private Equity and Financial Sponsor Group. During her undergraduate degree at McGill University, Gabi launched a charitable organization supporting breast cancer and has sat on various charitable boards, including The Musical Stage Company and the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation. In her spare time, Gabi plans weddings and events.
Zack Belzberg is the President of Dodds Garage Door Systems, the largest residential and commercial garage door company in Toronto. He has previously worked in various private investment roles with Alignvest Private Equity, MDC Partners and Credit Suisse Investment Banking. Zack has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with distinction.
Jared is currently the COO of Joyride Technologies, a global micromobility startup. In the years leading up to this role, Jared spent time in the technology and business community as Director of TechToronto and Investment Manager at XDL Capital. Before entering the business world, Jared completed his MBA and MA through the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University and was the Director of Camp Kadimah, a position he held for four years.
In a volunteer capacity, Jared has been involved with many Jewish community initiatives including: President of Hillel, on the Executive of CFJS, Birthright madrich, MOL YA participant, MOL chaperone, The House, UJA Silber Centre for Jewish Camping committee, and as a coach at Avenue Road Select Hockey. Jared lives in Toronto with his wife Rikki and two kids, Zara and Gabriel.
Cheri Glina has been working with her parents and brothers at her family property management business since graduating from a Health Management program. She is a certified doula and aspires to start her own women’s health and wellness centre, a plan that is on hold until her four children are grown. Cheri began her volunteer work with Birthright Israel by leading trips in the early 2000s, and then stayed in Israel to volunteer with Magen David Adom as a first responder. After moving back to Toronto and completing training as a doula, she volunteered with marginalized women in Toronto. In 2016, Cheri was invited to sit on the board of directors at the Toronto Heschel school, and in 2017, she joined the board of directors at The House. Jewish learning has become a very important and treasured aspect of Cheri’s life, and she feels fortunate to have found different opportunities to learn and advance her knowledge.
David Goodman is the Executive Director of Schulich Leader Scholarships and Vice President at the Schulich Foundation. Since 2011, his focus has been on the development of the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholarship program in Canada and Israel through a $100 million endowment fund. The program supports 100 Schulich Leader Scholars annually by leveraging a network of 25 partner universities (20 Canadian and 5 Israeli). To date, the program has distributed over $40 million to more than 700 entrepreneurial scholars pursuing undergraduate degrees across all STEM disciplines.
In his spare time, David has been an active volunteer canvasser and event-based fundraiser with UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Sunnybrook Foundation, Baycrest Foundation, The House, and Reena Foundation. David is married with twin boys who attend Bialik Hebrew Day School.
Jeffrey Gottesman has spent the last 15 years working at Gottesman Insurance Brokers, an insurance brokerage started by his late grandfather upon immigrating to Canada after the Holocaust. He started working in the business after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in International and Comparative Studies. Jeffrey is committed to Jewish causes, especially in his hometown of Toronto. He currently sits on the board of The House as well as CJPAC’s advisory board. He previously helped form and sat on the Jays Care Foundation’s Young Professional Board. Jeffrey lives in Toronto with his wife Samantha and their two boys, Jackson and Tyler.
After finishing her engineering degree at the University of Western Ontario, Ashlee Posner worked at Estee Lauder overseeing manufacturing operations. Before making a move to the brand side of the beauty industry, she received her MBA in marketing. Ashlee then founded the Aromachology brand, which grew into a consultancy to help create sensory branding strategies. Most recently, she launched The Perfume Bar, which provides interactive gifting for incentive programs, corporate team building and social functions.
During her academic career, Ashlee was on the Board of the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students and involved with Women in Engineering. She was also a trip leader for Birthright Israel.
Jonathan Tkatch is the President and CEO of Harlo Financial, which he founded after practicing law for eight years. He began his legal career at Cassels Brock and Blackwell in 2008, where his practice focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, continuous disclosure, and Canadian public markets. At Cassel Brock, Jonathan also gained experience directly advising public company boards of directors and completing debt and equity financings in excess of $1 billion. He advised a variety of companies including REITs, utility companies, junior and senior mining companies, and investment banks.
In 2013, Jonathan joined a boutique litigation practice. He has also practiced real estate law and represented lenders in private mortgage transactions. Jonathan assisted in the administration, underwriting and management of a mortgage portfolio on behalf of a private lender. He obtained both his B.A. (Hons.) and J.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 and 2009 respectively, and is a licensed mortgage agent with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
Jonathan has also been involved in a variety of charitable causes. He was a committee member at the One Family Fund Golf Tournament, co-chair of the young professional United Jewish Appeal telethons, co-chair of the Chabad Bayview Golf Tournament, committee member and host of the SickKids Hospital Dinner Series, and team captain of the Baycrest Pro-Am Hockey Tournament. He also volunteered and fundraised for these causes and a variety of other causes. He is currently serving on the board of directors of Oakdale Golf and Country Club as well as a member of the club’s corporate governance committee.
Robbie Handelman is the Vice President of Tax & Wealth at Natixis Global Asset Management. Robert is involved in several philanthropic causes. He is currently co-chair of the Israel Bonds New Leadership division an active board member of the Jewish Foundation’s Professional Advisory Committee. He has previously served as the co-chair of UJA’s U40 division, Young Accountants division and Young Bay St. division. Robert has also spent time working on UJA’s tuition task force, and Netivot’s tuition subsidy committee. He has also served on the board of his shul, Shaarei Shomayim.