Leadership Team – Ontario & Western Canada
Board of Directors
Ontario & Western Canada
Leonard Abramsky joined Brookfield Financial in 2005 and oversees the company’s property advisory business on a global basis. Prior to joining Brookfield Financial, he was a Managing Director of TD Cornerstone which he joined in 1998 after TD Securities acquired the Cornerstone Commercial Realty the boutique property advisory that he established in 1995 following twelve years as one of CBRE’s leading investment sales professionals in Canada. Leonard has over 28 years of experience in real estate on the investment banking and brokerage sides of the industry. Leonard is a graduate of Boston University School of Management and holds a BSc in Business Administration Real Estate Finance, Cum Laude.
David S. Altshuller
David Altshuller is a partner at Teplitsky, Colson LLP. David has a broad based corporate/commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on franchise disputes, estate matters, shareholder disputes, insolvency/restructuring proceedings, construction disputes and property/leasing matters. When required, he can assemble and manage a team of lawyers across a variety of practice areas in order to deal with his clients’ issues in a thorough and cost-effective manner.
David has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars sponsored by, among others, the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Franchise Association.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016 David was listed by Lexpert® as an expert in Franchising Law and selected by Franchise Times Magazine as a “Legal Eagle”. He is also listed in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers International.
David has a strong connection to TAU. He enrolled in the M.A. Program in Middle Eastern History in 1994. He was a teaching assistant in the Overseas Student Program (Modern History of the Middle East) from 1996-1997. He was a lecturer in the Overseas Student Program (Modern History of the Middle East) 1997-2000 and was employed as Director of Special Education Programs for TAU/OSP.
Stephen Arbib is the founder and Managing Director of MENA Investment Network Inc. a company specializing in development of joint ventures using transfer of Israeli technology and know-how.
Arbib is also a Director at SkyLink Aviation, one of the world’s leading charter operators specializing in humanitarian and emergency operations. Arbib joined SkyLink in 2003, founding and managing their European operations from Rome, Italy until 2006, after which he moved to Toronto to manage the Canadian Department of National Defence sales office for SkyLink.
Arbib was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1977, and moved to Toronto at the age of 10. He attended Ryerson University for Business and following his second year enrolled in a joint entrepreneurship program in Vancouver, with Harvard University, where he founded his first company, Simso Online Inc. Following the growth of Simso, and its subsequent sale after 2 years, Arbib joined SkyLink Aviation.
Arbib is an active member of the Toronto Jewish community, having founded Shalom Life Media Inc., Canada’s largest Jewish media source, and a member of the Six Points Jewish Philanthropy Fund.
Richard J. Charney
Richard Charney is global head of our employment and labour practice and national chair of our Canadian employment and labour law group.
Mr. Charney practices management labour relations and employment law, a field in which he is widely recognized as an advocate on behalf of national and local clients. He acts for numerous employers and employers’ organizations and appears at provincial and federal labour relations boards and the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before rights and interest labour arbitration tribunals. He also advises on all matters of employment and labour law and legislative reform.
Mr. Charney’s practice also involves collective bargaining on behalf of employers, employment standards, human rights, wrongful dismissal, workplace health and safety and constitutional law.
He is particularly active as an advocate before national labour tribunals such as the Canada Industrial Relations Board, which has jurisdiction over transportation and similar national industries; the Ontario Labour Relations Board, which has jurisdiction in provincial industries such as construction; and in judicial review challenges to tribunal determinations in the federal and provincial superior courts.
He is also a leading labour counsel to a variety of well-known arts and cultural organizations in Canada.
Nathan Disenhouse has over 30 years of financial service experience and has been practicing as a financial consultant since 1992. Before 1992, he worked in the banking industry from the administrative side to the commercial lending side.
He studied economics at York University and completed the Canadian Securities and Conduct, and Practices Courses, and has Life Insurance qualifications from the Life Underwriters Association of Canada. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB).
Over the past few decades, Mr. Disenhouse has committed to providing complete and comprehensive financial advisory services to clients. Clients are assured of receiving the broadest and most responsive planning information and consulting possible.
He also enjoys networking with professionals from any industry on a global scale.
Ramy Elitzur is the Edward J. Kernaghan Professor in Financial Analysis at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously he has served as the Executive Director, MBA Programs and Acting Academic Director of EMBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously he has taught at the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University and Stern School of Business Administration, New York University. Ramy has won several teaching awards including in 2006 the prestigious Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ramy Elitzur has earned a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Stern School of Business Administration, New York University and an MBA from Recanati School of Business Tel Aviv University. In addition, he holds US CPA and CMA designations.
Ramy’s area of research is game theory applied to financial situations. His publications are in various top journals in finance, economics and accounting.
Ramy Elitzur’s professional expertise includes financial statement analysis and valuation. Professor Elitzur has also served as an expert witness in lawsuits involving financial reporting in the US, Canada and Israel. In February 2007 Ramy has appeared before The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on Income Trusts. Ramy is a member of the audit committee of the University of Toronto and the Accounting & Audit Policy Committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.
Professor Elitzur has been quoted in the Associated Press, Boston Globe, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, Edmonton Journal, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, La Presse, Los Angeles Times, the National Post, the New York Times, the Ottawa Citizen, Time Magazine and the Toronto Star. Professor Elitzur was interviewed on CBC, CFMT, CTV, Global TV, OMNI, Newsworld, Newsnet, the Life Channel, and BNN.
Galia Feiler is a seasoned real estate executive with wealth of experience in managing large real estate portfolios. Most recently, Galia served as the CEO of Fishman Holdings North America Inc. for over 5 years.
In this capacity, Galia had overseen all aspects of the company’s large-scale portfolios, including acquisitions, asset management, realizations, financing, and development. The portfolio consisted of 6 million square feet of commercial real estate as well as 2,000 residential units with a combined value of over $1b dollars.
Prior to joining The Fishman Group, Galia headed the Israeli Desk at BDO Dunwoody Canada for 4 years. In this position, she represented a large number of Israeli private, corporate and institutional investors in Canada. Galia has also held senior positions with BDO and KPMG, Israel.
Galia is a Certified Public Accountant in the US and Israel and holds BA and Bsc degrees from Tel Aviv University.
President of both MMI Product Placement Inc and Hart Entertainment Inc.
MMI Product Placement Inc: President and founder of MMI Product Placement Inc based in Toronto. Phil pioneered product placement in Canada in 1985 and has maintained this leadership position ever since. Phil and his staff work as “talent agents” for corporate clients, including Pepsi Cola, Quaker, VISA, Church & Dwight, Molson Coors and many other’s. MMI scouts brand integration opportunities for our clients’ brands to appear in films and TV episodes. MMI has worked on over 2000 productions.
Hart Entertainment Inc: Co President with brother David Hart. “Amusement solutions for special events”. Hart Entertainment owns and operates a large inventory and selection of interactive sports and participation equipment including. Rock climbing walls, mechanical bulls, obstacle courses, giant slides, Inflatables, digital photo booths. Arcade games, casino equipment and much more. Hart Entertainment stages 1000 events a year specializing in company picnics, team building events, corporate holiday parties, non profit fun casinos, school fundays and more.
In a career spanning more than 25 years in strategy, change management, venture capital, and communications, Elise has worked with public and private companies, Crown corporations, academic institutions and not-for-profits. As a consultant, among her most significant accomplishments was the turnaround of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor, which had been scheduled for decommissioning. Her work led to the reactor becoming a financially viable operation and the largest global supplier of Iodine-125.
Elise has a strong commitment to community and has been an active volunteer and Board member in national and regional organizations. Her contributions include the development of governance and growth strategies, communications and corporate restructuring.
Elise received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.
Ron Inger is Director, Asset Management at Adgar Investments & Development. He has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience and 6 years of project management experience working in Canada, Israel and Eastern Europe. In his role he is responsible for acquisitions / dispositions, asset management, valuations, financing and debt profile management.
Prior to joining Adgar, Mr. Inger served in different capacities with the NGRK Group with experience in Business Development, venture capital and real estate investments. Ron was also a Project Manager (Captain) in the Israeli Defence Forces, Intelligence Corps.
Mr. Inger holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in Finance and Marketing from the University of Tel Aviv, a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science from the Bar-Ilan University as well as completed the Global Consulting Program at the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Business School.
Adam B. Kahan
Adam Kahan is the President of ABK Associates Inc. a consulting company based in Toronto. He was Vice President, University Advancement at Ryerson University from April 2003 until December 2015. In this position, he led the re-branding of the University, and led fund raising realizing over $300 million. Prior to joining Ryerson, he was the President and Founder of ABK Associates, Inc. a Management Consulting firm based in New York with clients across the not-for-profit sector including museums, hospitals, cultural centers, schools and both national and international organizations. Mr. Kahan was the Executive Vice President of the American Friends of Hebrew University and before that the Chief Operating Office of the United Jewish Appeal of greater New York. Mr. Kahan has held key leadership positions in organizations in South Africa, Israel, the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada.
Under his leadership over $3.8 billion was raised in a variety of campaigns including capital, annual, endowment, planned giving and special projects. In addition to leading fund raising campaigns, Mr. Kahan has also designed and implemented strategic planning, marketing and communications projects, board development and training, leadership development and training and branding and alumni relations programs. Mr. Kahan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and Masters Studies in Communications at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Kahan is married with two children, a married daughter and married son and the grandfather of five grandsons.
Baron Manett is Director of Strategy & Client Services with Toronto-based Myriad Marketing Inc., and has ten years’ experience designing creative events, marketing and communication activities for clients like Future Shop, the Royal Ontario Museum, the City of Toronto, Canon Canada, Paramount Entertainment, and ClaimSecure. Baron Manett holds a Master of Business Administration, and is a Graduate inCultural Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Larry W. Rich
With over 50 years of experience as a partner, Larry W. Rich has worked extensively with not-for-profits and entrepreneurial clients to achieve their goals. A published author, he has presented on topics such as the Family Law Act and Accountants’ Liability. Larry has been called upon to serve as an expert witness and has been appointed as a consultant in various civil actions. He is a CPA, CA, having earned his designation in 1965 and has completed the Academy of Family Mediators program.
Larry is currently a Fellow and committee member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He is a member of the Academy of Family Mediators. He is the Chair of Family Enterprises Interest Group of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. He is the Treasurer and Board Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as well as a Board Member of Beth Sholom Synagogue.
As a derivatives, financial products, and risk management specialist, Ms. Rosen has been working in the finance industry for over 20 years. She has diverse experience as a professional trader, market-maker, risk manager, structurer and strategic financial consultant.
Beginning in 1992 and spanning 16 years, Ms. Rosen held progressively more senior roles at both Scotiabank and Citibank in Toronto and London, England. Her jobs have included Director and Head of USD Interest Rate Swap Derivatives Trading, Director New Business Initiatives, and latterly, Director of Derivatives Structuring and Sales.
Following her work in bulge-bracket banks, in 2009 Ms. Rosen founded Sozo Advisors, a financial and management advisory firm focused on delivering strategic, objective, high level management expertise. Her clients include Canadian regulators, fund managers, and small business start-ups.
Ms. Rosen has a deep commitment to community involvement and has been an advocate and volunteer for local land-use and public environment causes, as well as a mentor to industry professionals. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD in France. Ms. Rosen lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Ruben Shiffman, BBA, MBA, PhD., serves as the Managing Director at Norvista Resources Corporation. Dr. Shiffman served as a Managing Director of Emerging Markets trading globally at Scotia Capital in Toronto, Canada from 2005 to 2009, and worked at Scotia in Mexico City from 1999 to 2002. Prior to joining Scotia in Toronto, he served as a Vice President/Director for Latin America and Caribbean trading and sales at TD Securities. He was the Co-Founder of Calvista Gold Corporation.
He serves as a Director of the Securities Bureau at the Mexican Banking and Securities Commission/Ministry of Finance, where he represented Mexico at the Bank for International Settlements in Basle and on the International Organization of Securities Commissions. He has been the Executive Chairman of Greenland Resources Inc. since June 9, 2014. He served as Executive Chairman of Calvista Gold Corporation from 2010 to 2012. He served as the Vice Chairman of Calvista Gold Corporation since 2010 to September 21, 2011. He has been Director of Calvista Gold Corporation since 2010. He served as a Director of Solvista Gold Corporation from April 2011 to August 21, 2012. He served as Director of derivatives trading at Scotiabank from 1999 to 2002.
He serves as a Lecturer in Finance at the University of Calgary and UNAM and holds two national research awards in Mexico (1997 IMEF and ANFECA). He serves as the Chairman of Advisory Committee of Oremex Resources Inc. Dr. Shiffman holds a BBA and M.B.A. from UDLA, a Ph.D. in Finance from Mexico National Autonomous University (UNAM), and Post-Doctoral studies from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Jeff Wagman, Board Chair
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, (B.A. Economics, 1979) Jeff has worked in the financial industry for over 30 years, beginning as a Foreign Exchange and Money Market Trader for a variety of major international banks. In 1986, Jeff became a Financial Advisor with a major Canadian investment brokerage firm. Over the past 26 years Jeff has successfully completed many securities industry examinations leading to his current designations as a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and Canadian Investment Manager. As well, Jeff has been an instructor for the Intelligent Investing series of seminars for the Investor Learning Centre from 1997 until 2001. The Investor Learning Centre was a not-for-profit, public educational organization sponsored by the Canadian Securities Institute. In 1998, Jeff became on of five Ontario semi-finalists for the coveted I.D.A. Distinction Award sponsored by the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, now known as IIROC.
Jeff is married to Annalee and they have three grown children (Eric 27, Elizabeth 25 and Stephanie 23). Jeff is very involved in the Jewish community and currently is Treasurer, Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Past Board Chair, BBYO Toronto.
Stephen Adler, Executive Director
Stephen comes to CFTAU with more than 10 years of experience as a fundraising and communications professional; philanthropic advisor, and senior administrator in the not for profit sector. Stephen has had increasingly senior and significant roles in the not-for-profit sector with Reena Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and most recently the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, where he collaborated with a diverse group of donors and volunteers to provide support to the $60million end MS Campaign and other Society initiatives in Ontario and across Canada.
Stephen holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Ottawa, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Communications from Centennial College and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University, The Center on Philanthropy. In 2013 Stephen was named one of ShalomLife’s Top 20 Under 40 and in 2010, Stephen was nominated as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™. Stephen lives in Toronto with his wife Marnie, a television executive, and their two children.