Board

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

To contact the board, please send an email to president@theojcs.ca

OJCS – 2016 – Financial statements – Signed

Aaron Smith
Board Chair and Sustainability Committee Chair

Aaron Smith is the President of the Board of Directors at the OJCS. He is a Senior Manager in the Health Care Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Aaron is part of the national health care advisory team and focuses on strategy, organizational transformation and performance management engagements. Prior to joining EY Aaron was the Director of the Innovation Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.  In this role he assisted his organization in identifying strategic options for quality improvement and operational efficiency, building cultures of innovation and strategy management and pursuing international business development opportunities. Aaron is also involved in the community as a Director on the Board of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and as a Director at the Bruyere Research Institute. Aaron and his wife Erin are the proud parents of three children, two of whom currently attend OJCS and one at the Ganon program at the Soloway JCC.

Erin Zipes
Corporate Secretary and Ombudsperson

Erin Zipes is Assistant General Counsel at Shopify, a commerce platform company listed on the TSX and NYSE. Prior to joining Shopify, Erin was Associate General Counsel at Nordion, a health sciences company, and prior to that she practiced corporate and securities law at two national firms.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Agudath Israel Congregation. Erin is an alum of the former Hillel Academy, is married to another Hillel alumni Michael Baker, and together they are the proud parents of two OJCS students.

Leila Ages
Fundraising Committee Chair

Leila Ages is a Community Volunteer. Currently Leila volunteers at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in their communications department. She is also a member of the Ottawa Volunteers in Education giving her time in the classrooms of the Ottawa Carlton District School Board. When she moved to Ottawa in 1999, Leila began her work with the Jewish Community of Ottawa as the co-chair of the Young Women Leadership Program and the Chair of the Soloway JCC’s Shalom Baby Program, offering new parents an opportunity to introduce their babies to the Jewish Community. Leila was also a Table Captain for two years at the Choices Dinner, a women’s-only program of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. Leila has an MBA and previously worked in commercial banking and in business management of a small business. 

David Appotive
Jewish Federation Representative

Since the community has been good to me and my family, I believe I owe it to the community to give of my time and energy and can hopefully add some value.

Karina Benditkis
SMC Committee

Karina is a graduate of University of Ottawa with a Degree in Political Science as well as a Licensed Real Estate Professional. Karina has nearly 15 years of experience in Corporate Real Estate industry working in local, national and international markets. Currently, Karina is the Acting Realty Manager at Global Affairs Canada, where she is responsible in planning and managing acquisitions, disposals and lease renewal transactions on chancelleries and official residences abroad. Karina is a graduate of former Hillel Academy. Karina and her husband Marc have one daughter who currently attends OJCS and son that will be starting in the Fall 2017.

Lindsay Borovay
Board Member

Dr. Lindsay Borovay grew up in Ottawa and attended the former Hillel Academy. She completed her Bachelor's Degree (Honours) from Queen's University and received her Master's and Ph.D. in School Applied Child Psychology from McGill University. She has trained and worked in various hospital and school settings and has provided services to children, youth and their families. As a psycho-educational consultant for the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Lindsay provided assessment, intervention, and consultation at both the elementary and high school levels. Lindsay is currently a clinical psychologist in private practice. She maintains memberships in national, provincial and local psychological associations. Her practice includes providing assessments and therapy for children, youth and their parents, as well as providing services to adults. Lindsay and her husband (a former teacher at OJCS and Yitzhak Rabin) are the proud parents of two children.

Rabbi Howard Finkelstein
Dean of Judaic Studies - ex-officio
Jonathan Freedman
Board Member

Jonathan Freedman served as President of his family real estate company for more than 20 years before starting Jazz Realty, whose goal is the acquisition and development of investment-grade commercial real estate. As well, Jonathan did two unique residential developments in Israel.
On a volunteer basis Jonathan serves on many fronts. He is a past Chair of Jewish Federation of Ottawa and currently Chair of Jewish Memorial Gardens and Hillel on Campus. He is a past Treasurer of the Rideau Business Improvement Area, a past Board member of CJPAC and CIJA, and is a past member of the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force, a past President of CAFE Ottawa and a past member of the national board of CAFE.
Jonathan is a graduate of the Hebrew University Law School and a member of the Israeli Bar Association. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces (Reserve) and is a former Battalion Commander.

Sheldon Friedman
Head of School; ex-officio
Jeremy Goldfarb
SMC Committee

Jeremy joined RBC Private Banking in in 2009 eventually moving his wealth management practice to RBC Dominion Securities. A licensed financial planner (PFP), Jeremy uses a top down approach to wealth management, working with clients, to understand broader goals and objectives, to build comprehensive wealth management, and investment solutions.
Traditionally, investing, banking, and financial planning have been addressed separately by individual professionals, an approach that can have limited success. Jeremy uses his Family CFO Approach, a comprehensive strategy to harmonize each aspect with the larger picture, to eliminate gaps and inefficiencies. The Family CFO Approach creates consistency across several disciplines for managing and protecting wealth, while also planning for future generations.
Jeremy has earned the Professional Financial Planning designation and holds a degree in Economics and business. Married for 10 years to his wonderful wife Niki, and father to 3 amazing young children (Asher, Hannah and Talia), he stays active in the community which sees him spend quite a bit of time on the ice as a volunteer coach for his son’s hockey team. He is also a member of the Rideau View Golf and Country Club and enjoys spending time on the water – boating, waterskiing, diving, and deep sea fishing.

Joanne Gorenstein
Board Member

Joanne Gorenstein is native to Ottawa and is a graduate of the former Hillel Academy. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. Joanne is the Managing Director of the Internal Audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She provides strategic, value added advice to non-profit and public sector organizations to mitigate operational, financial and reputational risk. She has been involved in the Jewish communities in both Ottawa and Vancouver as a board member of Hillel Lodge and Shalom BC. Joanne and her husband have one son who currently attends OJCS.

Jared Greenberg
Finance Committee Chair

Jared has been a member of the OJCS Board of Directors for the past 2 years and he is the current Chair of the Finance Committee. A native of Ottawa, Jared works as an Account Executive for Verint Systems Inc., a global provider of actionable intelligence software solutions. He works with Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments as well as the banking, insurance and telecommunications industries, helping them to enrich customer interactions, optimize the workforce and improve enterprise performance using analytics software. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and both he and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of 3 kids who all attend the OJCS. He is passionate about Jewish education as a way to build a solid Jewish foundation.

Jennifer Kardash
Fundraising Committee

Jennifer Kardash believes that to make a difference, you have to lead by example. With two teenage daughters who both attended the OJCS and one that graduated from Yitzhak Rabin, Jennifer has always made it a priority to be an active member of the Jewish community. Originally from Vancouver, Jennifer has lived in Ottawa for the past twenty three years. In 2007, she initiated bringing the popular “Choices” event to Ottawa. She has served on the Board of Federation for a total of six years, has been involved with the Resource and Development Committee, has co-chaired a Federation Volunteer initiative, and chaired the 2015 Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Currently, Jennifer sits on the March of the Living Committee which inspired and motivated her to be a chaperone on the trip in 2016.

Lisa Miller
Past Chair and Governance Committee Chair

Lisa Miller is the immediate past president of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Jewish Community School, and has been involved with the board for the last eight years. Lisa practices as an Industrial Psychologist who specializes in the areas of training design and delivery, organizational and leadership development, facilitation, and counseling psychology. She is the president of DMHS Group Inc, a successful management consulting firm and clinical practice.

Julie Ross
Board Member

Julie Ross grew up in Ottawa and has been volunteering in the community since 2008; helping to bring our Jewish community together. In 2011 Julie was asked to be involved in the change of the Jewish Community Walkathon making it an event for over 500 people. Julie became co-chair of the AmEchad Walk Run from 2012 to 2014. She has worked at the SJCC Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner with her husband David who has been chair from 2013 to present. As well Julie has been the head of the PTA at OJCS since 2012 to current, working on things like the Lunch Program; Book Fair; School Holiday Celebrations; she is also on the Parent Ambassador Committee, and sub committees. Outside of volunteering in our community Julie organizes corporate events for Fitness Depot Ottawa. Before having children (Haylie and Jayson) Julie went to Carleton University eventually ending up at DMR/Fujitsu Consulting working in HR and the security side of contracts as ACSO.

Yaron Spanglet
Committee Chair - Sales, Marketing & Communications (SMC)

Yaron Spanglet is a Software Development Manager at Blackberry, responsible for the optimization and enhancement of the Operating System software on Blackberry devices. A graduate of McMaster University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Management, Yaron has nearly 20 years of experience in the high tech industry, all in the Ottawa area. Prior to joining Blackberry, Yaron held various positions with Nortel and Ciena. Born in Israel and fluent in Hebrew, Yaron has lived in various parts of Canada, and is a graduate of Talmud Torah Jewish day-school in Edmonton, Alberta. Yaron and his wife Andrea are proud parents of two OJCS kids, Jacob and Maya.

Oleg Tupitsyn
Governance Committee

Oleg is an Enterprise Architecture Technical Advisor at Transport Canada focusing on major Business and IT transformation projects. Oleg also spent 11 years at the National Research Council Canada where he led technical teams delivering Web-based scientific information resources. Prior to joining the Public Sector in 2004, Oleg had worked as a Technical Instructor, Software Developer and Technical Lead for Ottawa IT companies. Additionally, Oleg holds a teaching certification from the Ministry of Education in Israel where he taught in a high school for several years. Oleg and his wife Val are the proud parents of Joel Tupitsyn who attends Grade 1 at the OJCS.