Board of Directors

National Chair
Doreen Green
Doreen Green has been active in Technion Canada since 1986. She has served as Chair of Technion Canada from 1995-2006 and again from 2007 to the present.

Doreen has been a member of the Technion Board of Governors since 1990 and is currently the co-chair of the Student Affairs Committee.

Technion awarded Doreen an Honorary Fellowship in 2000 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2014. Doreen was the honouree of a Technion Canada Gala held in Montreal in 2005.

She is an attorney with Green Glazer Nadler and Associates where she specializes in family law and adoption.

Doreen has been involved in many other Jewish Community organizations, including the Saidye Bronfman Board of Directors, the Friendship Circle, and she served as the President of the YM-YWHA, and the National VP of the Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation. Doreen has lectured at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Maimonides Hospital and is a part time professor at Concordia University in the Department of Political Science.

National President
Howard Berish
Howard Berish has been involved with Technion Canada since 2005 and a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 2014. He is currently a member of the Finance Committee. He is also an Alternate Member of the Technion Board of Governors. Howard serves as the National President of Technion Canada.

He has specialized in tax for over 30 years, most recently as the senior tax partner at Collins Barrow (Montreal) LLP. Currently Howard provides consulting services to Collins Barrow (Montreal) LLP and acts as a Consultant Philanthropic Planning for the Jewish Community Foundation He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in 1975 and
graduated from McGill University in 1979 with a Chartered Accounting degree. In 1996, he added the Certified Financial Planner designation and in 2001 he became a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec.

Howard has been active in the Jewish Community for many years. He has served as Treasurer of the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital, President of the YM/YWHA, and Co-Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation.

National Vice Chair
Jack Mintz

Jack Mintz, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. joined the Technion Canada Board in 2019 as Vice Chair and Member of the Executive Committee.

Jack is the President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and serves as the national policy advisor for EY (formerly Ernst & Young). He currently serves as Distinguished Fellow of the MacDonald-Laurier Centre and Senior Fellow of Massey College and the C. D. Howe Institute as well as serving on the board of the Canada West Foundation. Dr. Mintz is an Independent Director of Imperial Oil Ltd. since 2005 and Morneau Shepell since 2010 and has served on the boards of CHC Helicopter (2003-8) and Brookfield Asset Management (2002-13). Dr. Mintz was the founding Director and Palmer Chair in Public Policy for the University of Calgary from 2008 to 2015. He was a Clifford Clark Visiting Economist, Department of Finance, Ottawa in 1996 and 1997 as well as chairing the a business tax reform panel for Hon. Paul Martin. Dr. Mintz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Essex, a Master of Arts, Economics from Queens University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Alberta. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2015 as well as Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.

National Vice President
Edward Nagel
Edward Nagel participated in 2 Generation NEXT trips to Israel and is an Alternate member of the Technion Board of Governors. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Technion Canada serving as Vice President and has been on its Board since 2011.
Edward is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, designated specialist in investigative and forensic accounting and is Certified in Financial Forensics. Edward is also a Chartered Business Valuator. He has testified several times before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, where he was recognized as an expert. Edward is the Principal and founder of nagel + associates inc. (nagel-forensics.com), a Toronto-based boutique forensic accounting firm that specializes exclusively in forensic investigations, anti-fraud consulting, anti-fraud training and crypto advisory.
 
Since 1998, Edward has focused exclusively on providing forensic and investigative accounting services to corporations, individuals, public sector and not-for-profit organizations and their legal advisors/boards, primarily in the area of corporate fraud.
 
Treasurer
Harold Garfinkle

Harold Garfinkle has been a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 1982. He is currently (and has been for more than 30 years) the Treasurer and the Chair of the Finance Committee. He is an Alternate Member of the Technion Board of Governors.

He is a partner in Segal LLP, Chartered Accountants since 1989 (C.A. Quebec- 1978; C.A. Ontario-1980). His primary areas of client involvement include financial consulting, auditing and assurance services, business advisory and taxation. Concentration in manufacturing, production and technology-based companies.

He has long been involved in a variety of community institutions. He is a Past Ambassador RPC Committee member and Member of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Royal Patrons Circle (RPC), a past member of the Board of Directors of the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto where he served as their Treasurer, a past member of UJA Federation Board of Education of Toronto and member of their Finance Committee and Undesignated Funds Allocation Committee.

This year Harold received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism in recognition of his contributions to his community. Administered by the Office of the Governor General, this medal is part of the Canadian Honours System and celebrates exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields.

Secretary
Ronnie Kaplan
Ronnie Kaplan has been a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 2012 and currently serves as Secretary. He previously served as the Chair of the Technion Alumni Committee. He serves as the volunteer Technion Canada Western Regional Director. He is a member of the Technion Board of Governors.

Ronnie was born in Israel and graduated from Technion’s Faculty of Chemical Engineering with a B.Sc. (1969) and M.Sc. (1973). He is a life member, as a Professional Engineer in the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He has 38 years of career experience in the plastics and petrochemicals industries working for Israel Petrochemical Enterprises, Union Carbide Canada and Nova Chemicals.

Ronnie donated towards the Campus Exercise walk in memory of his brother.

After his retirement in 2010 he graduated with Master of Engineering (MEng), Specialization Project Management (2011), University of Calgary

Directors

Jeff Altmann
Jeff Altmann joined the Technion Canada Board in 2019.

He was part of the first team of non-Israelis ever to work for El Al in Montreal. He began his insurance and financial services career in 1985. By 1995, he incorporated his company, Macabee Financial Inc.

He has been Vice President of Tifferth Beth David Jerusalem Synagogue in Montreal and a Board Member of Friendship Circle for the last five years.

 

 

Steven Bramson

Steve Bramson was a participant on the 2011 Generation NEXT mission to Israel. Steve has been a member of the Montreal Council since 2013 and a member of Technion Canada Board of Directors since 2014. He was the Chair of the Technion Canada PR, Marketing and Communications Committee. He is an Alternate Member of the Technion Board of Governors.

Steve established a corporate background in software/hardware design, sales, finance and management before applying his eclectic skills (and interest in technological innovation) to start-up companies. Steve was a co-founder of Total.Net and helped it grow to become Quebec’s largest Internet Service Provider; the company became part of Emergis (TSE: EME) where Steve served as VP of Merchant Solutions. Steve also co-founded on-line jeweler ICE.com and served there as Chief Technology Officer; while under his watch, pure-play ICE.com became one of the largest privately held e-commerce companies.  Steve served as Chief Operating Officer of Trustifi, a provider of enhanced secure email solutions based on patents he had been key in conceiving, developing and commercializing. Staying avant-garde, Steve’s current venture is focused on industrial applications of IoT (Internet of Things) technology.

Amongst other voluntary endeavors, Steve served as President of Adath Israel Synagogue in Montreal.

Dean Lurie
Dean Lurie joined the Technion Canada Board in 2019. Until now, Dean participated in our GenNext Israel trip several years ago. He serves as the Chair of  the Toronto Council and the Marketing committee.

Dean is Chief Product Officer, AgrilogicAl, Geospatial intelligence platforms for farm productivity, profitability and sustainability. His background is in start-ups and marketing

Dean has successfully directed cross-functional teams and managed initiatives for global brands. He has collaborated with corporate clients and health professionals for over 15 years. Dean has successfully executed digital initiates for companies including Nestle Canada, Molson Canada, Corona, Bauli, and SCM Health Solutions.

Steve Merling
Steve Merling has been a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently the Chair of Generation NEXT. He is an alternate member of the Technion Board of Governors.

He holds a degree from McGill University in Psychology and the Social Studies of Medicine. He is Co-Founder and CEO of The Eventure Group Inc., a Montreal-based firm specializing in the conceptualization, creation and management of special events. In the last six years, his involvement in the production of major fundraisers has raised millions of dollars for an array of worthy foundations, including Cedar’s Cancer Institute, the Jewish General Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, the Miriam Foundation and the Starlight Foundation – to name but a few. He has also worked with an impressive selection of major corporate clients including Bell, Ben & Jerry’s, Blinds To Go, Ericsson, Automobili Lamborghini, Mattel, Pfizer, Sun Life and the National Hockey League, as we have been involved in the production of several of the NHL’s All-Star Weekend 2009 in Montreal, 2012 in Ottawa, 2015 in Nashville 2018 in Tamps and 2019 in San Jose.

Steve’s volunteer experience is significant. Currently he sits on the boards of the Dawson College Foundation, Technion Canada and is also a volunteer paramedic/first-responder with the City of Cote Saint Luc’s Department of Emergency Medical Services.

Marvin Ostin
Marvin Ostin has been a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 1994 and served as Technion Canada President from 2013-2019. He is a member of the Technion Board of Governors.

Marvin is the founder and president of Predictive Maintenance Corporation, a high-tech oil analysis laboratory that employs a unique artificial intelligence program, TriboLogik™ and has labs in Montreal, Toronto, the US and Argentina. The company’s clients include Canadian Pacific Railroad, Hydro Quebec and Pennsylvania Power & Light, to name a few.

 

 

Paul Raducanu
Paul Raducanu is a graduate of Technion’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering (1971). Paul became involved in the Technion Alumni Breakfasts in Montreal in the early 2000s. He became a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors in 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Technion Alumni Committee. He is an alternate member of the Technion Board of Governors.

He worked at Elbit as a design engineer from 1972 to 1974 and moved to Canada to become a Project Engineer, Data Acquisition and Control Systems for Electrical Power Utilities at CAE Electronics. He then spent a year in Toronto at Infomart as a software engineer returning in1982 to Montreal to become a project manager at the National Research Council where he remained until his retirement in 2010.

Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz joined the Technion Canada Board in 2019. Originally from Romania, Michael graduated Technion with a M.Sc. (1976) in Chemical Engineering. From 1974 – 1976 Michael worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering at the Technion.

He worked until 1980 at Israel Petro Chemical Enterprises.

For over 25 years, Michael worked for Nova Chemicals in various technical and marketing positions. When he retired in 2007, he was the Vice President International Sales and Marketing for Nova Chemicals in Switzerland. Currently, Michael lives in Vancouver.

Melissa Singer
Melissa Singer has been a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 2010. She is a member of the Technion Board of Governors.

Melissa is a specialist in Canadian Immigration law. She received her Law Degree from the Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in International Law from McGill University. Her extensive experience and expertise extend to a full range of Canadian and US immigration matters including consular processes, humanitarian cases, In-land spousal applications, criminal rehabilitation, detention reviews as well as temporary immigration visas.

Leesa Steinberg
Leesa Steinberg recently donated funds for the renovation of the Control Room for the Wind Tunnel in Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Technion, which was dedicated at the June 2019 Board of Governors’ Meetings.  Leesa has been a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 2013.

Leesa is the daughter of Jack Steinberg, the oldest of five brothers who transformed a small grocery store started by their mother into the thriving Steinberg’s Supermarket, which became the largest supermarket chain in the Province of Quebec. Leesa worked many years at the head office of Steinberg’s.

Following in the philanthropic footsteps of her parents, Jack and Gertrude, Leesa has continued to be a generous supporter of the Montreal Jewish Community and of Israel. Her support has been appreciatively received by Federation CJA, the Jewish Public Library, ORT Montreal, The Segal Centre, and many others. As well she is a member of the President’s Circle of the Weizmann Institute of Science, a friend of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Irwin Tauben
Irwin Tauben has been a supporter of Technion Canada since 1996 making generous contributions in support of Alzheimer & Crohn’s Research, the Reservist Fund, the New Canada Residences and the Second Chance Program (Scholarships for Students of Ethiopian backgrounds). He has been on the Board of Technion Canada since 2006. He also currently serves as the President of the Montreal Council. Irwin is a member of the Technion Board of Governors.

Irwin is presently enjoying retirement. He had moved to Israel in 1971 and became the first Israeli ski patroller on the Hermon. He met his wife-to-be, Sara on the Hermon and then they returned to Montreal in 1976 where he joined the family business, Almo Dante, a garment import and manufacturing

He has been involved in the Jewish Community in many places and always been a philanthropic supporter of each institution. He has served on the board of JIAS, Beth El Synagogue, was on the executive and Treasurer of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, on the executive and Vice President of the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (chairing their Mezuzah campaign), was co-chair of the Fashion Division of CJA for 6 years and for 2 years served on the board of the Saidye Bronfman Centre and on the executive of the Apparel Manufacturers Institute of Quebec (AMIQ). For the past many years he and his wife Sara been very involved and on the board of Klez Kanada.

Bill Wiener
Bill Wiener is a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors and has served in that capacity since 1982. He is the second generation involved with Technion Canada as his father, David, also served on the Board.

Technion Canada has been fortunate to have had the support of the Wiener family going back to the 1970s. They have generously donated to various projects like the Technion Canada Dormitories, the Wiener Family Scholarship and the TTT Fund. Bill has always been ready to support any program or event that spreads the word about the important role Technion research plays in the well-being of mankind. Recently Bill has made a significant contribution to Technion Engineers without Borders, a program in sustainability following the 2017 Technion Canada Gala in Toronto where he and his wife Lillyann were honoured.

He is the President of Viscor a company that was started in 1952 as Wiener Electric Limited by his late father David Wiener, a Holocaust and concentration camp survivor who arrived in Canada virtually penniless. Today the company is a comprehensive organization that specializes in LED & fluorescent lighting products and metal fabrication. They are Canada’s largest independent lighting manufacturer under the Visioneering, Certolux and TBR Lighting Brands.  Bill was also one of the co-founders and owners of the Distilery District. He acquired the Gooderham and Worts property from Allied Domeq in 2001.

Ben Wygodny
Ben Wygodny served as a President of the Montreal Council in 1998-1999, as a member of the Technion Canada Board of Directors since 1994. He is a member of the Technion Board of Governors and the Technion Physical Development Committee. Both Ben and Susan were recognized by Technion for their unwavering and generous support with an Honorary Fellowship in 2017.

Ben’s wife, Susan Raymer’s connection to Technion began with her late father, Joe, who established the Joe and Goldie Raymer Family Residence in the New Canada Village. Continuing a family tradition, Ben and Susan became active in Technion Canada. Their loyalty to Technion is displayed not only in Board involvement and leadership but also in recruiting new members. They have also taken a leadership role as donors. Both Concordia University graduates, Ben and Susan’s original advocacy for a partnership between Concordia University and Technion not only led the way to the establishment of an agreement (The Raymer-Wygodny Exchange Program – details below) but it also provided an opportunity for Prof. Mark Talesnick to be a guest speaker to members of Concordia’s Global Engineering Program. Susan and Ben have made generous gifts to the Technion Engineers Without Borders Program. In 2000-2001 Susan Raymer and Ben Wygodny established the Goldie and Joe Raymer Endowment Fund at Concordia to support exchange students from Concordia and Technion in the Faculty of Engineering. In 2012 Susan and Ben expanded the reach of the endowment to include support for students and faculty members from all academic departments.

Ben and his family went to Israel in Israel in 1949 directly from the refugee camps in Europe. The development of Israel has always been part of Ben’s thinking. They moved to Canada (Toronto) in 1952. Ben moved to Montreal to attend university, which is where he met Susan. They are significant supporters of the Montreal Jewish community through their generosity to the Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Federation CJA and Shaare Zion Congregation and the Jewish General Hospital.

Honorary Directors

Harry Bloomfield QC
Pearl Gameroff
Alex Magil 
Eliot Phillipson
Eugene Riesman
Harry Sheres

Past Presidents

D. Lou Harris *
Louis Lockshin*
Bernard Bloomfield*
David Azrieli*
Sydney Cooper*
Jack Chisvin*
Marvin Ostin
Arnold Recht
Arnold Ludwig
Gary Goldberg
Edward Pal

Past Chairs

Eugene Stearns*
Jack Chisvin*
Morley Blankstein*
Sydney Cooper*
Gary Goldberg

* Deceased