Leadership Team – Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Canada
Board of Directors
Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Canada
Since 2001, Myer Bick has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Bick, born and educated in Montreal, holds both a B.A. and B.C.L. from McGill University. His work experience extends from being the National Program Director of the Canadian Zionist Federation and National Executive Director of the Canada Israel Committee, President of Carodan Consultants and Managing Partner of Spatches Inc., to his most recent prior position of Vice-President, Management and Operations, Canpro Investments Ltd., an international real estate development firm.
He has devoted much of his time to community service, having served as a member on the Board of Directors of the Canada Israel Foundation for Academic Exchanges, Solomon Schecter Academy, United Talmud Torahs of Montreal, Canada Israel Committee, Camp Massad, Shaare Zedek Congregation, and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.
Claire Dalfen has worked with elementary school children as a teacher and as a librarian. She also was Director of Communications and Publications for the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, a national trade group. For some 10 years after that, she operated a small communications practice that provided writing and editing services to industry and non-profit organizations. Claire’s community activities have been in support of Montreal’s Federation CJA Partnership 2000, The Jewish National Fund, Hillel, Auberge Shalom and presently Vice President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University.
Annie Kenane was born in Israel and moved to France at the age of sixteen. Later she settled in Israel, spending a year at Kibbutz Galon in order to learn Hebrew. She graduated from high school, obtaining her Bagrut, which is a prerequisite for higher education. Subsequently, she earned a LL.B degree from Hebrew University in 1974. She then spent a year practicing social work in Israel. In 1975 – 76 she studied at the prestigious Université de Paris – Sorbonne.
She immigrated to Canada in 1976. For the next two years, she taught at the Collège Français in Montréal. During the following two years she studied at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained her second law degree.
She became a member of the Québec Bar in 1980, having articled at the law office of de Grandpré Colas. She soon opened her own legal office, where she practiced immigration law until 2014. Recently, Annie left the practice of law and has a very successful career in real estate.
She is an active board member of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University and regularly attends the yearly Board of Governors’ meetings in Tel Aviv.
The Honourable Herbert Marx is a graduate of Concordia University (B.A. 1958), Université de Montréal (M.A. English Literature, 1962; (LL.L., 1967) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1969). Between 1969 –1979 he taught law at the Université de Montréal. Moreover, he was a Commissioner of the Quebec Human Rights Commission and a member of the Consultative Commission of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University.
In 1979 he was elected to the Quebec National Assembly from the riding of D’Arcy McGee and was re-elected in 1981 and 1985. He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec (l985 – 1988). In 1989 he was appointed a Justice of the Quebec Superior Court and took mandatory retirement in 2007.
As well, he is active in a number of non-governmental organizations: Co-Chair of ICAN, International Community Action Network – McGill University; Governor of Tel Aviv University, former President of CFTAU; Honorary President and Board Member of the Association of Canadian Studies; Member of the Board of CIJA, The Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Montreal.
He is the author of a number of books and many articles on constitutional law, civil liberties and poverty law.
Barbara Seal, C.M. enjoys a distinguished career in public and community spheres. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of countless worthy causes ranging from the Arts to cancer research. She served as municipal councillor for the City of Hampstead and was responsible for introducing innovative policies and programs. She has sat on the Board of Directors of Place des Arts, the Arts Council of the Montreal Urban Community, Théâtre Espace Go and the National Forum on climate change. She was Vice-President in charge of the Canada Day Celebrations for Québec, and Québec President for the Canada Day Poster Challenge. She presently sits on the Board of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, the Advisory Board at the McGill School of Continuing Studies, for the Governors of Tel Aviv University, and as National President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University.
Barbara Seal has been widely recognized in Canada for her outstanding contributions in helping to make our world a better one and has been honoured with numerous awards. Among these are the Golda Meir Award, Grande Dame of Montreal, the Jerusalem 3000 Medal, Canadian Parks and Recreational Association Award, and the Canadian Cancer Society Award. In addition, she holds the distinction of having been chosen as one of 125 Canadian volunteers to receive the Governor General’s Special Edition Plaque, as well as the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. The University has bestowed upon her its President’s Medal and an Honorary Doctorate.
She is the recipient of the Médaille des Arts et Métiers from the Carrefour des Communautés du Québec, for her outstanding work as a citizenship judge and her devotion to community and intercultural rapprochement.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to Canada in 1993, Judge Barbara Seal was awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada.
She was appointed a Citizenship Judge in 1997 and served in this capacity for 12 years across Canada and particularly in the Montreal area. She continues to devote much time and effort in visiting schools, communities and municipalities promoting Canadian citizenship. She acted as interim chief Judge of the Court of Citizenship of Canada and, though now retired, she still conducts major citizenship ceremonies. She maintains a scholarship fund which assists students at Tel Aviv University. In 2013, a research floor was named for her and her husband at the Tel Aviv Law Faculty.
Donald Seal (z”l)
Me Donald W. Seal, Q.C., was an active practising attorney, senior partner, in the law firm Seal Seidman, G.P. He retired as Municipal Court Judge after presiding for 15 years in courts in and about Montreal, sitting principally in Hampstead and Côte Saint-Luc, as well as in Châteauguay, Delson, Saint-Constant, Dollard and elsewhere; he was Chairman of the Board of Sportscene Restaurants Inc. in the years 1993 and 1994; he graduated from McGill University with a BCL in 1954 and was received at the Bar in 1955; he was named the Queen’s Counsel in 1974; he received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 2011 for his achievements. He and his wife dedicated a research floor in the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University in 2013.
Mr. Seal has pleaded successfully on many occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada and in a landmark decision established the principles of estoppel “fin de non recevoir”, good faith and equity in contractual matters in the law of Quebec.
He was a member of the Board of numerous private and public companies and served as a Trustee of the Jewish General Hospital. Mr. Seal was active in community, social and charitable organizations and served as a Governor of Tel Aviv University and a Director of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University and as its legal counsel.
In 2011, TAU awarded Seal an honorary doctorate in recognition of his support.
Sadly Domald Seal died Oct. 12, 2016 at age 87.
Gerald Soiferman is a Past President of CFTAU Montreal and has been a member of its executive for many years. An architect by profession, he graduated from McGill University with a B. Arch. in 1963. He was managing partner of his firm, Fichten Soiferman et Associés, Architectes, for over 30 years and has played an important role in the design and realization of a variety of prominent projects for the public and private sectors. He is a recent Past President of the Jewish Public Library and has been involved in a number of other community endeavors over the years. Gerald is married to Soryl Pofelis, a former college teacher and an active member of the CFTAU Board.
Alan M. Stein is a senior partner and associate at the law firm Stein & Stein since 1961. He specializes in the areas of human rights as well as all aspects of civil and commercial litigation and family and administrative law. His personal involvement and passion for his work is always appreciated by his clients. As well, he is known by his colleagues as a talented and experienced lawyer specializing in litigation who has pleaded on many occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Federal Courts and the Tribunal des Professions.
He also taught civil procedure for many years at the Faculty of Law at McGill University.
In addition, he was involved in his community for many years by participating actively in many organizations such as Co-President of the Youth Division of Combined Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal and President of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University. He was a Director of the Maimonides Geriatric Centre Foundation. In 2002-2003 he served as President of the Bar Association of Montreal acting also as a representative on the Quebec Bar Council . In addition, he was a member of the Liaison Committee of the Montreal Bar Association with the Quebec Court of Appeal and with the Superior Court.
Moreover, he served on the Disciplinary Committee of the Quebec Bar Association and on the Ad Hoc Committee for the integration of English Justice before the Bar of Quebec and has served as Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation and sits on the Foundation’s Finance Committee. As President of the Montreal Bar Association he created an ad hoc committee on costs and he and the other members of the committee received the Merit of the Bar of Montreal. He has also served as President of the Lord Reading Law Society and is currently a Director on its Executive Committee.
His interests beyond the practice of law are politics, photography, skiing and golf.
(Mr.) Sharon J. Fraenkel, Executive Director
Sharon J. Fraenkel is the Executive Director of Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University for Ottawa, Quebec and Atlantic Provinces. He is headquartered at the Montreal office.
An effective leader with international experience at an executive level in hospitality, events, financial resource development and volunteer management, Sharon is a strong communicator who leads by encouraging through enthusiasm, instilling confidence and trust. He seeks input and values diversity of perspectives. His exceptional networking aptitude earned him a reputation of integrity and a proven track record for building and maintaining positive relationships.
Sharon joined Concordia University in 2005, where he remained for nearly a decade with the university’s friend- and fundraising arm. Promoted twice during his tenure, culminating to the position of Director, Alumni Relations, Events and Sponsorships, he acted as the official liaison with the Office of the President, Senior Administrators, the Board of Governors and different Concordia Student Unions on related matters, and thus was fortunate to work collaboratively with and among many talented and diverse individuals; professionals, academics, students and volunteers alike.