Board of Directors

OJCS Board of Director Members

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Leila Ages

Board President

Leila Ages is a Community Volunteer. 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 volunteered at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in their communications department and served on the committee to bring Israeli Shinshinim to the Ottawa community. She is also a member of the Ottawa Volunteers in Education giving her time in the classrooms of the Ottawa Carlton District School Board. Leila has an MBA and previously worked in commercial banking and in business management of a small business. Leila and her husband (A Hillel Academy alumni) are the proud parents of three girls, all OJCS alumnae themselves.

Lorne Segal

Vice-President and Chair of Development

Lorne Segal is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, banking and finance, corporate commercial, private equity and capital markets. Representing private and public companies of all sizes – from owner-operated businesses to multinational corporates – Lorne combines strong technical skills with a practical approach and sound business judgment to help his clients succeed.

In the M&A, corporate commercial and private equity areas, Lorne holds expertise in various sectors, including defense, security, aerospace, life sciences, food / agriculture, telecommunications, retail, heavy and light manufacturing, mining, distribution, pharmaceuticals, recycling, software, textiles, telemarketing and financial services. Lorne leads Gowling WLG’s Canadian Private M&A group.

In the banking and finance sector, Lorne represents domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies, merchant banks, private equity investors and venture capitalists in mid-market and larger transactions. In the area of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, Lorne represents creditors, debtors and trustees/receivers. His expertise also includes distressed M&A.
Recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by clients and peers, Lorne is listed in the Canadian Legal Expert Directory as a top-ranked professional in the areas of Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market and Insolvency & Financial Restructuring (Financial Restructuring).

Lorne is also recognized in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law. Lorne completed a four-year term as Gowlings’ Firm Managing Partner, Internal and as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He also previously served on the Firm’s Board of
Trustees.

Lorne has recently completed the Rotman / Telfer Corporate Directors Program offered by The Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. An active member of the Ottawa community, Lorne is a member of the Ottawa Jewish Community School Board of Directors, recently co-chaired the 2018 Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign Kick-off, and is a past board member of Ronald McDonald House and the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Lindsay Borovay

Chair of Support and Evaluation Committee

Dr. Lindsay Borovay grew up in Ottawa and attended the former OJCS, 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. Lindsay is currently a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Borovay Psychological Services, offering psychological (assessment and therapy) and educational services (advocacy and tutorial support) to children, adolescents, families and adults. Lindsay has extensive training and experience in various settings, including hospital, school and within the private sector, and has provided assessment, intervention, and consultation in each. She maintains memberships in national, provincial and local psychological associations. Lindsay and her husband (a former teacher at OJCS and Yitzhak Rabin High School) are the proud parents of three children, two of whom currently attend OJCS.

Joanne Gorenstein

Treasurer

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 has one son who currently attends OJCS.

Jessica Greenberg

Board Member and Federation Representative 

Jessica Greenberg (CPM), is Vice President of Asset Management at Osgoode Properties, where she leads the asset management, marketing, training and human resources departments.

An Ottawa native and former Hillel Academy student, Jessica holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Questrom School of Management at Boston University.  Deeply committed to giving back Jessica is also a Director on the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Board and volunteer at The Royal Ottawa Hospital.

She is proud mom to Eloise, Noah and Laz and loves being an OJCS parent.

Gillian Presner

Board Blogger and Chair of the Inclusion Task Force 

Gillian was born and raised in Ottawa, and is a Hillel Academy alumna herself. After completing medical school in London, Ontario, she returned to Ottawa to do her residency and start her family, and she is currently a mother of 3 young girls, a Pediatric Emergentologist at CHEO, and a dedicated volunteer both within the Ottawa Jewish community and the wider global Jewish community. Her eldest daughter started OJCS in 2017 in Kindergarten and her other daughters will be starting in 2020 and 2021 respectively, so she brings both the passion of a parent of current and future students as well as the skills of a long-time community volunteer to the Board table. For the 2017-2018 school year, she sat as a member of the Sales and Marketing Committee and for 2018-2019, she continued as a director of the Board and was the dedicated Board of Directors blogger for the ‘leadership blogs’ of OJCS.  New for 2019-20, she has started and chairs a Task Force on Inclusion at OJCS for the Board.

Julie Ross

Board Secretary, Ombudsman and Chair of Governance

Julie grew up in Ottawa and started volunteering within the community after meeting her husband David.  Julie helped revamp the Jewish Community Walkathon (AmEchad Walk-Run) in 2011 and co-chaired the event for 3 more years.  Julie also volunteered at OJCS to eventually become President of the PTA for 6 years, stepping down in 2018, as well as being on the OJCS Development Committee.  Julie has been working with her husband David at the SJCC Celebrity Sports Dinner since 2013 and will continue to do so until he decides he’s done.  When Julie is not volunteering, she works with her husband at Fitness Depot and drives her two children where they need to be.  Both of Julie’s children attended OJCS from ADK to grade 8, graduating 2019 and 2020.

Randi Sherman

Development Committee Member

Randi is originally from Montreal, but has lived in Ottawa (with a brief sojourn in Toronto in the early 80’s) since the age of eleven, and considers Ottawa to be her hometown. Randi previously worked as a social service worker with Community and Social Services in Toronto, and then became the original owner of Saint Cinnamon Ottawa, until she sold her business to raise her three sons.

Randi’s three sons and husband are all alumni of Hillel Academy. Randi played a very active role in the school over the 15 years her children attended Hillel Academy. Her involvement included instituting the school Challah program, participating on the PTA, organizing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Bond program for six years, helping with various lunch programs and spending countless hours assisting teachers in the classroom.

In addition to her many volunteer activities with Hillel Academy, Randi previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Christie Lake Cottage Association, was Chair of Arts Alive Ottawa, Chair of Mitzvah Day, Co-Chair of the 2012 Federation Annual Campaign kick off, and has held various volunteer positions with Congregation Beth Shalom and Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa. Currently, Randi also sits on the board of directors of the Jewish National Fund Ottawa.

Aaron Smith

Governance Committee Member, Past President

Aaron Smith is a past President of the Board of Directors at the OJCS and continues to serve in this roll. He is an Associate Partner in the Health and Government Sector Technology and Digital Innovation practice of EY. Aaron works with amazing teams to help large health and government clients work on some of their most challenging digital problems. He works with clients to bring in leading technology and innovation solutions from around the world to better serve people in Canada. 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 has been involved with a number of community Boards in the health care sector in Ottawa. Aaron and his wife Erin are the proud parents of three children, all three of whom currently attend OJCS.

Yaron Spanglet

Finance Committee Member

Yaron Spanglet is a Software Development Manager at Ford Motor Company, responsible for the development of software across various connected car technologies for next-generation vehicles. 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 Ford, Yaron was with Blackberry, and prior to that, he held various positions with Ciena Corporation and Nortel. 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.

Josh Zaret

Chair of Property Management 

Josh Zaret is Vice President at Gemstone Corporation, where he oversees all aspects of Development, Construction and Apartment operations. Josh is the Chair of the Property Management Committee. Born and raised in Ottawa, Josh attended Hillel Academy and went on to complete a B.Comm from Queen’s University School of Business. With a mind for business and love for real estate, he progressively held senior roles for a variety of Real Estate development companies before joining Gemstone Corporation. Passionate about giving back, Josh also sits on the Major Gift Committee for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Ron Prehogan

Board Member

Ron is a partner of Brazeau Seller Law and principal of its affiliate Equitas Consultants Inc.  His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions transactions, family business mediation and family business communications and governance advisory services.  Montreal natives Ron and his wife Avalee moved to Ottawa and started their careers in 1977 – Ron as a lawyer and Avalee as a teacher at Hillel Academy.  Their children, Harris and Dara, were born and raised in Ottawa where they attended and graduated from Hillel Academy.   It must have been a positive experience as between them they now have 3 of their oldest children enrolled at OJCS with their 3 youngest children on deck!   Since the 1980s, Ron has taken on continuous community leadership roles locally, nationally and internationally including chairing the boards of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, the Queensway-Carleton Hospital Foundation, the Jewish Community Centre and the Canadian Council of Jewish Community Centres.  Ron has received various awards for his community involvement including the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award of the Jewish Community of Ottawa and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation Community Service Award.  Ron has actively observed the exciting growth and development of OJCS in recent years and very much looks forward to serving on its Board.   

Jonathan Ben-Choreen Freedman

Board Member, Development Committee Member

Jonathan is a Real Estate investor and developer fluent in all aspects of Real Estate from acquisition to building and managing. He is the President of Jazz Realty Group Inc.  Jonathan attended Hillel Academy as did his children; his daughters are graduates of Rabin High School.

A graduate of the Hebrew University Law School and a member of the Israeli Bar Association, internationally Jonathan was involved in the acquisition, planning, rezoning, financing, servicing and construction of two unique residential developments in Israel.

On a volunteer basis Jonathan serves on many fronts. He was Treasurer of the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area, a member of the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force, a member of the campaign cabinet of Saint Vincent’s Hospital, a member of the BOMA Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Chair of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and a board member of the Sarah Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem. Jonathan is a past chair of the City of Ottawa Parking Task Force, a past President of CAFE Ottawa, a past member of the national board of CAFÉ, and a national board member of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs Currently he is the Past Chair of the Jewish Memorial Gardens, Past Chair of Hillel on Campus. As well he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces (Reserve) and is a former Battalion Commander.

Howard Fremeth

Board Member

Howard Fremeth is the Director of Communications at the Business Council of Canada — a national advocacy organization representing the chief executives and entrepreneurs of Canada’s top 150 businesses.

Prior to joining the Council, Howard worked as a consultant with NATIONAL Public Relations (2016-2019) and the Director of Communications at the Embassy of Israel in Canada (2011-2016) where he oversaw all media and public diplomacy activities during a period of growth in Israel-Canada ties.

Howard holds a PhD in Communications from Carleton University where he still serves as an Adjunct Professor and teaches courses in professional communications and digital diplomacy. He is also a Board Member of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom and a recipient of the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award – recognizing someone under 40 for exceptional service to Ottawa’s Jewish community.

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