Governance

Meet the members of the Ometz Board of Directors and Executive Team, who guide the organization to ensure it fulfills its mission and meets the needs of its clients.
Board of Directors

President: Saul Carliner, PhD, CTDP

Saul is the e-Learning Fellow at Concordia University, where he also serves as Director of the Education Doctoral Program and an Associate Professor of Educational Technology. Saul specializes in learning and communication for the workplace...

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Treasurer: Bill Itovitch, CPA, CA

Bill is Vice President, Finance of Quantum Management Services, specializing in recruitment and staffing. He currently serves as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of Ometz, where he is also the Chair of both the Finance and Audit Committees...

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Past President: Marc Welikovitch, B.Comm, CPA, CA

Marc is Vice President and partner in a professional personnel recruitment and placement business.  He is also the immediate past-president of Ometz, serving from 2013 to 2016 Marc is a graduate of McGill University Bachelor of Commerce program...

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Michael Aronovici, BComm

Michael is the President of Interaction Restaurants Group Inc., a restaurant management and holding company that has been operating in Canada since 1988. He has been involved with brands such as Pizza Hut, Starbucks Coffee, Cultures and most recently...

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Trish Bengualid

Trish received her BA in Communications from McGill, and has been with Microsoft in sales for the past 6 years. Trish started volunteering in her teens for the Centre communautaire juif and has been active since. She served on the executive board for HFS for...

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Yvonne Bensimon, BA, Med

Yvonne received her BA from Queens College of the City University of New York and her MEd from McGill University. She has taught French at the high school level, both at Outremont (PSBGM) and Bialik High Schools, and at the elementary level at UTT...

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Ruth Bensimon Choueke, BA

Ruth received her BA degree from McGill University. With a strong passion for sales, she quickly used those skills for the many volunteering activities she has done for the past 15 years. Ruth sat on the board of the Akiva School for three years, where she was in charge of...

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Igor Bernadski, CPA, CA

Igor is a chartered accountant and a graduate of McGill University. He is currently the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Thinking Capital, a rapidly growing company within the Canadian fintech industry. Prior to that, Igor worked in...

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Rob Fainer

Rob Fainer, CIM, is a Senior Investment Advisor with Manulife Securities’ Fainer Wealth Group, and is an active member of Montreal’s Jewish community. With a passion for providing opportunities to those in need, and a special interest in...

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Howard Lohner, CPA, CA

Howard is an accountant specializing in private professional business advisory, accounting and tax services. He served as president of the Ometz Board of Directors from 2010-2013, and a member of the Board of Directors & Executive Committee...

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Linda Schacter

Linda graduated in Civil Law and Common Law from McGill University in 1989. She began her career in Civil and Corporate litigation, and is currently the Managing Partner at Devine Schachter Polak, a boutique firm which specializes exclusively in...

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Joel Shalit

Joel is Managing Director and Partner of Seville Capital, a real estate private investment fund based in Montreal.  Prior to founding Seville Capital, Joel was an attorney at a large international law firm based in New York City, and was President of...

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Cynthia Telio, MSW

Cynthia was a clinical social worker and supervisor for over 30 years, working as an Intake Worker at Centre de Service Social (CSS) Jewish Family Services, and then as a school social worker and Clinical Supervisor at Baron de Hirsch, and then at Ometz...

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Alon Wexler BComm, CPA, CA, CBV

Alon Wexler is a partner at Richter with more than 15 years of experience specializing in business valuation and transaction advisory services. Prior to that, he worked in Richter’s Assurance division. He is a frequent lecturer for...

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Executive Team

Gail Small – Chief Executive Officer

Gail Small has spent her entire career working and volunteering for non-profit organizations, and has assumed a number of leadership positions in the broader Montreal community. She started off as director of Health and Physical Education at the...

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Dominique McCaughey – Chief Strategy and Development Officer

A recognized leader in philanthropy, community development, and strategic engagement, Dominique McCaughey is Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Ometz....

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Susan Karpman – Chief Program Officer

Susan Karpman has been a leader in Jewish communal service throughout her career. Susan began at Project Genesis, eventually becoming its Senior Executive. She worked at Allied Jewish Community Services (now Federation CJA) for many years as...

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Barbara Victor – Chief Clinical Officer

Barbara Victor is the Chief Clinical Officer at Ometz. She has extensive experience in the educational, counselling and social services fields. As a consultant for both public and private school systems, Jewish and non-Jewish in Montreal, she is responsible for...

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