National Board of Directors

Chair Emeriti

Catherine Beck
H. Thomas Beck, C.M., O.Ont. *
Murray B. Koffler, O.C., O.Ont.

Chair

Jeffrey I. Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey is Weizmann Canada’s Legal Counsel. He is the managing partner at Torkin Manes LLP, a full service law firm in Toronto, and a member of the firm’s Business Law and Corporate Finance Groups. Jeffrey is the immediate past-Treasurer of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Jeffrey also currently sits on the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of several companies to which Torkin Manes provides legal services, including Spin Master Corp., a TSX listed company.

Vice-Chair

Francie Klein (President, Toronto Chapter)

Francie Klein (President, Toronto Chapter)
Francie is the President of the Toronto Chapter. She has been active and dedicated since 2005, when she became a member of the National Board. She was the Chair of Weizmann Women and Science from 2006-2012, Co-Chair of the 2012 Global Gathering in Montreal, Honorary Co-Chair of the 2014 Global Gathering in New York City and Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary Gala in 2014. With a Master’s degree in Education and many years of experience in that field, Francie has brought a higher standard of Excellence to the Board. Francie has been a docent at the AGO since 2007.

Secretary

Joanne Nemeroff

Joanne Nemeroff

Joanne was appointed Senior Vice-President of Ogilvy in 2013. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice-President of Apparel at Sears Canada Inc. and President of La Senza Corporation. She has more than 30 years in the business and has leadership and retail experience include leading Canadian retailers Reitman's and T. Eaton, as well as global brand expansion. Joanne’s leadership in the retail industry brings fresh ideas to the table.

Treasurer

Jeffrey Goldfarb, CPA, CA

Jeffrey Goldfarb CPA, CA

Jeffrey is currently the Secretary/Treasurer and serves as the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. His prowess as an accountant has ensured Weizmann Canada’s continued financial success. He is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has held various positions for UJA Federation, served as Treasurer and Board member of Muki Baum Treatment Centres, was a member of the Board of Jewish Education and sat on various committees including budget and finance. Vice-Chair of the JVS Board, Chair of Risk Management Committee, Executive member and Finance and Governance Committees.

National Executive Director and CEO

Susan Stern

Executive Committee

Francie Klein
Francie Klein

Francie is the Chair of the International Events Committee and President of the Toronto Chapter. She has been active and dedicated since 2005, when she became a member of the National Board. She was the Chair of Weizmann Women and Science from 2006-2012, Co-Chair of the 2012 Global Gathering in Montreal, Honorary Co-Chair of the 2014 Global Gathering in New York City and Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary Gala in 2014. With a Master’s degree in Education and many years of experience in that field, Francie has brought a higher standard of Excellence to the Board. Francie has been a docent at the AGO since 2007.
Stan Magidson (Chair, Nominating Committee)
Stan Magidson

Stan is Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alberta Securities Commission, and possesses extensive experience in corporate governance and securities law and regulation. Before joining the ASC in July 2016, he was President, CEO and director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Prior, Mr. Magidson was a partner for 21 years with a national law firm in the business law group where he advised corporate issuers, investors, financial intermediaries and boards of directors across the country on securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.
Dr. Laurence Rubin (Chair, Scientific Advisory Council)
Dr. Laurence Rubin

Chair of the National Scientific Advisory Committee, Dr. Rubin has been Involved with Weizmann since the late 1980’s, he has participated in numerous scientific forums and events and supports the Institute in both Canada and Israel. Dr. Rubin is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Staff Rheumatologist and member of the Metabolic Bone Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

Chairman, International Board of Directors

Abraham Ben-Naftali

President, Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Daniel Zajfman

Members at Large

Anne-Marie Boucher
Anne-Marie Boucher

Anne-Marie has been an active member of the Board since 2012. As a co-founder of the law firm BCF in Montreal, Anne-Marie brings forth her expertise in the fields of estate planning, wealth management and corporate governance. She has taught Tax programs at several universities and is a frequent speaker at tax conferences on estate planning. She also serves as member of the Lower Canada College Board of Governors, the Board of the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, the McCord Museum, the Jewish Community Foundation and is involved with a number of other charities in Canada, Europe and Israel.
Mike Florence, CPA, CA
Mike Florence

Mike is currently the president of Rikare Management Inc., an investment company. He was recently president of Sherfam Inc. the parent company of Apotex Inc., a major manufacturer of generic drugs. He is a chartered accountant and spent over 30 years at an accounting firm. He has been on the Board of Directors of Israel bonds for many years. As a member of the Finance Committee, Mike brings forth his strong business experience to the board.
Armand Kessous
Armand Kessous

Armand has been managing private wealth in Montreal for over 25 years. He is a principal of Pavilion House, an international investment firm. As a member of the finance committee. Armand brings his business expertise to the table. He was an honouree at the Leading Men Gala in 2013. Armand and his wife, Annie, have a Masters scholarship in their names at the Weizmann Institute in the field of mathematics and computer science. He has held various leadership positions including Director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in 2012 and President of Federation CJA in 2009.
Martin P. Molyneaux
Martin P. Molyneaux

Martin is currently President and CIO of Molyneaux Asset Management which undertakes energy and venture capital investments. He retired as Vice Chairman of FirstEnergy Capital Corp. in April of 2014 after a 30-year career in energy investment banking where he was recognized a one of Canada's leading energy research analysts. Martin and his wife Deborah are active in the Calgary chapter, and have attended a number of National and International Weizmann Events.
Dr. Arthur Slutsky

Advisory Council

Dr. Daniel C. Andreae, Chair, Advisory Council
Dr. Daniel C. Andreae, Chair, Advisory Council

Dr. Andreae brings his passion for education and dedication to lifelong learning. His community involvement includes being the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and Chair of the Patrons Council of the Society. He is the longest serving President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. He has been an award winning academic at university on several occasions. Dr. Andreae’s involvement in neurodegenerative causes and has made him realize that education and research around the brain is crucial, and has led to the management of conditions and enhanced quality of life.
Catherine Beck
Marvi Ricker

*deceased