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 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.

Co-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.

Co-Secretary

Riva Toeman

Riva Toeman attended MacDonald College, Concordia University, McGill University and Bar Ilan University.  She is fluent in English, French and Yiddish.  Prior to her retirement in 2016, Riva worked as an educator and book-keeper. 

Riva has extensive experience volunteering in the Montreal community.  She served at the Mount Sinai Hospital as Treasurer, Financial Advisor, on the Advisory Council and President of the Auxiliary.  Riva served on the Board of Directors for the YM-YWHA and held the position as Vice President on the Executive Committee.  Currently, Riva serves on the Board of Trustees. She has served on the Board of Directors of Camp B’nai Brith.

In Riva’s community engagement, she is involved with the Israeli community as well.  She has been involved with Beit Halochem Canada, Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel, since 1996. During her tenure, she has been the Chair of Montreal Programs for over 16 years and presently in on the National Board of Directors and the Chair for the Quebec Region. 

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.

 

David Bensoussan

Dr. David Bensoussan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. He has been a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the École de technologie supérieure de l’Université du Québec since 1980. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research and member of the Commission on University Research and Education of the Conseil supérieur de l’éducation of the Quebec Government. He has published extensively in the field of control, telecommunications and energy and has filed a large number of patents.

He has also written a number of literary works, including a Bible commentary (The Bible in its Cradle), a book of souvenirs (The son of Mogador), a historical novel (King Solomon’s Riddle), historical essays (Spain of the Three Religions, Once upon a time in Morocco) and an art Book (A Jewish Wedding in Mogador) in collaboration with Asher Knafo. His other accomplishments include receiving a fellowship from the Matsumae International Foundation in Japan in 1988, the literary Price Haïm Zafrani from the Elie Wiesel Institute in Paris and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

Dr. Bensoussan has served as President of the Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec and has been involved in philanthropic and community organizations for many years. He has also served as a member of the Cross Cultural Round Table on Security of Canada and of the Selection advisory Board at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

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.

Doron Dekel

Doron Dekel graduated from the Technion in 1986 (Computer Engineering), following his father (Architecture) and followed by his younger brother (also Computer Engineering), and migrated with his young family to Toronto in 1988. Doron has a long track record of successfully developing and/or leading the development of a large number of pioneering advanced medical visualization and surgical navigation products. He is currently the CEO of ClaroNav, a rapidly growing medical device development and production company based in Toronto.

 

 

Doron Goldenberg

Doron Goldenberg B.Sc., M.Sc. is a Technion alumni in Mechanical Engineering B.Sc., (1986), City University of New York Master of Business Administration (M.Sc.) and Business Administration and Management, Marketing (1999). He was born and raised in Israel by his agronomist father (UCLA) and Holocaust survivor mother. 

Doron is CEO of Golden Group Capital Entrepreneurship. He is a senior operations executive holding a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to business development projects, with a background in Engineering, Development Finance, Marketing, Construction, and Asset Management. For over 30 years Doron has held responsibility over $2B+ national real estate portfolios, managing teams of up to 60 personnel.  He consults to key clients/owners of shopping centres, medical buildings and other rental properties and high-rise owners in North America and Israel. Doron provides senior-level stakeholders with strategic roadmaps for asset and property development and management, while engaging site-level stakeholders regularly. He conducts due diligence and planning, reviews municipal planning departments, zoning, site plan applications, building permits and other stakeholders to eliminate obstacles to project delivery while upholding high standards of regulatory requirements. 

Doron is a Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Project Management Institute (PMI).  He was MIYA Canada Holding Inc, past Director and Holocaust and Revival member TLV/CA  from 2010 to present. 

In Doron’s spare time, he enjoys water/snow sports, is a lifelong champion of wind Surfing, swimming, water skiing, boating, jet skiing and snowmobiling. 

Doron serves on the Technion Canada Alumni Committee and is pleased to join support Technion and Technion Canada as a Member on the Board.

Frieda Granot

Frieda Granot has been with the University of British Columbia her entire career, spending more than a decade in the Sauder School of Business as the only female tenure-track member in a school of over 100 faculty members. In 1996, Granot was appointed the first female Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and interdisciplinary research, where she spearheaded a variety of think tanks, managing their development from a mere idea to successful, full-fledged entities. For this work, in 2007, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada (“an exemplary leader, role model and catalyst for change in post-secondary education and interdisciplinary research in Canada).

Granot was the co-chair of the annual Women in Leadership Forum and the Women’s Leadership Council and served on the advisory board of the Young Women in Business network. She is a champion of the under-represented, helping to raise millions of dollars to support students with disabilities, first nation students and women in science, activities that earned her awards from YWCA Women of Distinction (for creating and championing new untraditional knowledge), Top 100- Canada’s Most Powerful Women award (in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category for promoting women in science and engineering).

Granot has a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in computer sciences both from the Technion and a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Henry Korenblum

Henry Korenblum, MBA, CPA, CA, CIM, CFP, MFA-P. TEP, FEA, CPA (Illinois) is an Estate and Taxation Consultant with the Rosedale Family Office, a unit of Wellington-Altus Private Wealth. Henry helps guide families through the unique opportunities and challenges they may be facing in the areas of wealth, tax & estate planning, philanthropy, family governance and business succession planning by taking the time to thoroughly understand his clients’ specific goals and objectives.

In addition to being a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA), Henry is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), a Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P), a Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA), and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA, Illinois).

Henry has earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business. Henry has completed Levels I, II, and III of the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Program and has been a Group Study Leader of the Program. Henry also teaches a Tax Course with the University of Toronto.

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.

Sam Spanglet

Sam Spanglet was raised and educated in Israel. In 1973, he graduated from the Technion with a Chemical Engineering degree. After working for four years in the Petrochemicals Industries in Haifa he moved to Canada. He was offered an engineering position with Monsanto in 1977 and was soon promoted to Plant Manager at the ABS plant in Sarnia, Ontario. In 1981 he moved to Shell Canada as Plant Manager of a Petrochemical Complex and thereafter held increasingly senior positions with Shell.

In 1994 Sam was promoted to General Manufacturing for Ontario, overseeing a large Refinery and a Petrochemical complex as well as a Lube Oil production facility. He later oversaw manufacturing in Western Canada as General Manager of Manufacturing, supervising two refineries in Edmonton and Vancouver as well as a large Petrochemical Complex east of Edmonton. When Shell Canada began the development of the Oilsands business in 1999, he oversaw the construction and start-up of an Upgrader next to the refinery in Edmonton. In 2003 he was promoted to VP Shell Operations and President of Albion Sands, a Shell company. The value of the assets under Sam’s management was over $10 Billion, with nearly 5,000 Shell employees and thousands of contract and construction employees.

Sam retired in 2006, and since then he has served on the Board of Directors of Atco Power, Opti Oil and Voice Construction. Currently he serves on the Board of Greengate Power of Calgary, and as an Associate Governor in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. During his career and until this day his emphasis is on the biggest asset – the employee.

Sam is passionate about supporting Technion students and is proud to join Technion Canada’s Board of Directors and to serve as the Chair of the Alumni Committee.

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.

Adam Wygodny

Adam Wygodny obtained his B.A. (Political Science) and M.A. (Public Policy & Public Administration) from Concordia University in Montreal before obtaining his law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Certificate in International Business Law from that institution’s International Study Centre in Herstmonceaux, UK.  After completing his studies, Adam returned to Toronto where he practises commercial and civil litigation.  Adam is also a director of Time.ly Corporation, which provides event management and training services, and a member of the Advocates’ Society and the Ontario Bar Association.

Adam serves on Technion Canada’s Toronto Council and is excited to continue his family legacy of support for the Technion as a new member of the Board.

Estee Zacks
Estée Zacks, MBA is a science protégé turned banker who served on the Technion Canada Endowment Committee for nine years, the Technion Canada Generation NEXT committee, and Technion Canada Council.Born and raised in the GTA, she and spent several stints in Israel in 1995, 2000 and 2002. With lab experience from the days of the genome project (BSc Physiology and BA Psychology), she toiled in healthcare and immunotherapy before transitioning to banking. Over the last 14 years, she has been a banker and high-volume Mortgage Professional.Events, outreach and project completion are her fortés. Her community efforts, which have spanned from UJA leadership to Habitat for Humanity service learning and federal politics, were recognized with a Rotman Citizenship Award and three Western University Community Engagement Awards. Estée currently chairs Technion Canada’s Toronto Council.

 

Honourary Directors

Harry Bloomfield, QC

Pearl Gameroff
Alex Magil 
Marvin Ostin
Eliot Phillipson
Susan Raymer
Eugene Riesman
Harry Sheres
Melissa Singer                                                                           
Leesa Steinberg                                                                                                                                                             
Irwin Tauben, Chair
Ben Wygodny
 
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