The Honorable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella
Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 after serving on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years. She practiced civil and criminal litigation until she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court in 1976. She subsequently chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity”. She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988-1992, teaching jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She is a specially elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano. She was a judge of the Giller Literary Prize, has written over 90 articles and written or co-edited four books on a wide variety of legal topics, and chairs the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario. She has 30 honorary degrees. Justice Abella is married to Canadian history professor Irving Abella and they have two sons, Jacob and Zachary, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Honorable Dan Meridor
Dan Meridor recently served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy in the Israeli Cabinet. He served as Senior Partner at Haim Zadok and Co., a leading Israeli legal firm. Mr. Meridor was Minister of Strategic Affairs until February 2003. He served as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset from 1999-2001; Minister of Finance from 1996-1997, and the Minister of Justice from 1988-1992. From 1982 to 1984 Mr. Meridor served as the Secretary of the Cabinet under Prime Ministers Menahem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. A member of the Knesset between 1984 and 2003, and again from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Meridor served on the Committee of Constitution, Law and Justice, and the Ethics Committee. He is Captain (res.) in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and fought as a tank commander in the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Israel Museum and as Chairman of the Public Council of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gesher Theater. From 2003 until he joined the Cabinet in 2009, Mr. Meridor served as Chairman of The Jerusalem Foundation. He is married to Dr. Leora Meridor, an economist, and they have four children.
The Honorable James D. Wolfensohn
James Wolfensohn has had a long and distinguished career in business, finance and public service, focused mainly on investment banking and economic development of emerging market economies. He currently serves as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, a private investment firm advising corporations and governments. He is Chairman of Citigroup International Advisory Board, and is also advisor to Citigroup’s senior management on global strategy and on international matters. Mr. Wolfensohn served as the ninth President of the World Bank Group (from 1995 to 2005). During his ten years as President of the World Bank, he focused the spotlight back on the Bank's true purpose: fighting global poverty and helping the world's poor forge a better life. He has participated in a wide range of cultural and volunteer activities throughout his life, especially the performing arts. He established the Wolfensohn Center, a research initiative focused on global poverty at the Brookings Institution and serves as Chairman Emeritus of both Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Wolfensohn’s autobiography, A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank, was published in October 2010. He is married to Elaine Wolfensohn, an education specialist, and they have three children.
Professor Amitai Ziv, MD, MHA
Professor Amitai Ziv, MD, MHA is the Founder and Director of MSR, the Israel Center for Medical Simulation and Deputy Director of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Influenced by his training as a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he has become a world leader in the field of simulation based medical education aiming to improve patient safety. Simulation is used to enhance clinical and communication skills of healthcare professionals – training them to make better decisions for their patients, enhancing teamwork, improving responses in emergency settings and extracting invaluable lessons from past errors – without endangering real patients. Professor Ziv is broadly involved in humanitarian initiatives and in developing national training and evaluation programs in collaboration with other social and medical organizations, including the IDF Medical Corps' preparation for battlefield conditions. He has been sought after by medical centers around the world, including Mayo Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, McGill University, Albert Einstein Medical Center (Brazil), and the US Department of the Army. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed the Department of Homeland Security on the use of simulation in medical emergency preparedness. He is married to Dr. Margalit Ziv, an education specialist, and they have three children.
Professor Ziv was the recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize 2007.
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman
Ellen Bronfman Hauptman is Co-Chairman of Andell Holdings, a private investment company and family office with global business and investment interests, which she controls with her husband, Andrew Hauptman. Mrs. Hauptman is also involved in numerous philanthropic pursuits including the oversight of The Hauptman Family Foundation and the Zoe Saidye Hauptman Memorial Fund, and is a Co-Founder and Board Member of City Year Los Angeles, a program that engages 17-24-year-olds from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time community service. She has previously worked in the documentary and feature film world in a producing capacity and as a film buyer for Cineplex Odeon, a North American-based theatrical exhibitor. Mrs. Hauptman is a graduate of Yale University.
Stephen Bronfman is a business executive and devoted philanthropist. Mr. Bronfman is the Executive Chairman of Claridge, a Montreal-based private holding company founded in 1987, where he has spent more than 20 years guiding the firm’s investment strategy and seeking out unique business opportunities both locally and globally.
At Claridge, Mr. Bronfman focuses on ventures with solid management and operational credentials, partnering with businesses to achieve long-term value and growth with notable successes, such as: SunOpta -- an early-stage investment in this organic and specialty foods supplier grew exponentially and led to the creation of Claridge Foods. Glutino -- under Claridge’s stewardship, Glutino grew to be the largest gluten-free food company in North America, and was profitably sold in 2011. Lumenpulse -- Claridge made an early stage investment in this global lighting company focused on energy-efficient technology, and the company continues its steep growth rate. NetStar Communications Inc. -- an investment in one of Canada’s leading providers of specialty television channels, with brands like TSN, RDS and Discovery Channel, had almost doubled in value when sold to CTV just a few years later. More recently he has been involved with numerous successful Montreal based residential and real estate developments.
Mr. Bronfman Co-Chairs the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and is the President of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. He also serves as a Director of several non-profit organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Architecture, The David Suzuki Foundation and The Business and Arts committee of Le Conseil des Arts de Montréal.