ORT Canada Leadership

ORT Canada is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a professional staff operating out of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Ricky Wellen is the National Executive Director for ORT Canada and is based in Toronto, Ontario. Elana Fogel is the Interim Director of ORT Montreal and Mary Tobin is the Director of ORT Vancouver.

ORT Canada Board of Directors

The ORT Canada Board of Directors is led by Jack Kincler, National President of ORT Canada. Board members serve a two year term.

We are always interested in having new people join our board so if this is of interest to you please contact us.

Jack has been involved with the Montreal Jewish community for the past 25 years.  He is the Chairman of the National Board of the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR) and co-President of ORT Canada.  He’s also held other positions in the past such as Israel Bonds-Chairman of the Business Division, Canadian Representative for the Israel-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Beit Halochem-Chairman of fundraising for the Montreal branch to name a few.  Jack runs his own high-tech company in the field of Computer Networking for Personal Computers.  He is married and has 2 children and 5 grand children.

Jillian Chandler Climan, is a busy mother of 3 children and married to Jeffrey. She is the daughter of the late Bella Chandler, former President of Women’s ORT and Executive Director of ORT Montreal. In her spare time she has been volunteering at ORT for 10 years. Jill has worked on the Montreal ORT Gala since 2017 and has chaired 4 successful raffles. She is passionate about community work, Jewish education, and Tikuun Olam. In her spare time, you can find Jill enjoying the Laurentians with her family.

Jonathan Goodman, a Montreal native, is cofounder & CEO of Knight Therapeutics Inc. and has dedicated his life to numerous causes, including cancer research, Jewish education and improving the welfare of Israelis of Ethiopian descent.

Jonathan founded Paladin Labs, a specialty pharmaceutical company, which was sold in 2013 for $3.2 billion.  Prior to this, he held positions at P&G, Bain & Company, and Pharmascience.  He was also a Sessional Lecturer at McGill University for 8 years.

Jonathan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at age 21 and, after undergoing a year of chemotherapy and radiation, decided that he would not allow his illness to control his life. Since overcoming his illness, he has invested a great deal of time and resources in the fight against cancer. Another passion of his is Jewish education. Beyond education, he has served as the campaign chair for the Combined Jewish Appeal of Montreal.

Jonathan earned a law degree and an MBA from McGill University.

Jeffrey has tremendous passion to help others grow both professionally and personally. He is Chairman of the Board of Canadian Paper Connection Inc., a company he co-founded in 1991. Under his helm, CPC went on to grow its business around the world, and in 2002 they became an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in their respective division.   CPC is one of Canada’s largest privately owned paper distributors. Jeffrey stepped down from his CEO position in 2012 to pursue new areas of business such as real estate investing and small business venture capital. He also wanted to spend more time giving back to the community.

Jeffrey knows what it takes to succeed both in the office and at home. He believes that balance plays a pivotal role in growing a successful business as well as a solid and healthy home life.

Jeffrey is very active in a myriad of organizations and charities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He spends considerable time mentoring and coaching others, both seasoned and up and coming executives and entrepreneurs.

Pablo Reich lives in Toronto, Canada where he is an entrepreneur and co-owns Arconas, a specialized manufacturer and distributor of furniture for airports and passenger terminals. 

Pablo was born and raised in Buenos Aires and moved to Canada in 1997, where he lives with his wife and their 2 daughters.  Following his high school graduation from ORT Argentina in 1991 in the Communication & Media track, he went on to pursue undergraduate studies in Advertising at F.A.E.C.C. He had a short career in the Advertising industry in Buenos Aires, working for Adidas prior to moving to Canada, where he switched to a career in sales and marketing in the furniture industry. After completing his MBA at the University of Manitoba in 2002, he took over Arconas with a business partner, and they have been growing and developing the business for close to 20 years, becoming a global leader in the field of furniture for public spaces.

Pablo also completed Executive Business programs at Harvard Business School, Monterrey TEC, and Singapore Management University. He is a frequent speaker at Airport-industry events and is a guest lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the IT Aerea MBA in Madrid, Spain.

Pablo and his wife are active members of the Toronto Jewish community, supporting organizations such as ORT Toronto, The Leo Baeck Day School, and The Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Michael Wasserman is a Managing Partner at Maverix Private Equity, where his focus is on all aspects of the investment process, along with firm operations and strategy. Michael works closely with management teams and portfolio companies in key areas such as R&D, product development, market access, business development, follow on equity and debt financing and achieving liquidity through M&A or IPO.   

Prior to joining Maverix, Michael spent nearly 2 decades with H.I.G. Capital Management, a leading global private equity investment firm. He also founded and held prominent operating roles in several disruptive private equity-backed businesses. 

Michael received his B.Sc. from McGill University and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto.  Michael is on the Board of Trustees for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Faculty of Science Advisory Board at McGill University.

Dr. Lorne A. Wiseman, specialist in periodontics, has a private practice in Montreal and is co-director of implantology at the Jewish General Hospital. He has been involved in continuing dental education for years and is an assistant professor at the McGill University Faculty of Dentistry.

He has been volunteering for ORT Canada for over 30 years and has been invaluable to the ORT Gala, having chaired it successfully many times.  He is married to Gale and has 3 children and 1 grandchild.

ORT Canada Directors

Ricky was named Executive Director of ORT Toronto in 2019.  Prior to this he served as ORT Canada’s National Director of Development where he focused on Major Gifts Fundraising, increasing the profile of ORT in Canada and leveraging the success of the ORT Montreal Jewish Education Gala in Toronto.

Before joining ORT, he worked for various organizations such as the City of Toronto, Rogers Communication, CanWest Global, Canadian Depository for Securities and Ernst and Young and in doing so acquired 20 years of experience in the field of Risk Management and Consulting.  Ricky has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University.

David is a seasoned business development and strategic communications professional with deep experience across a diverse range of industries, including nonprofit, sports & entertainment, healthcare, security & defense, and education. He is a graduate of Concordia University and has worked for the Jewish General Hospital, The Moment Lab, and the Jewish National Fund. 

David is a grandson of Holocaust survivors and still hopeful for the return of the Montreal Expos.

Mary was named Executive Director of ORT Vancouver in 2013.  Under her direction, ORT Vancouver has held many events and fundraisers that have contributed to the Vancouver community and to ORT Canada and World ORT fundraising initiatives.  Prior to joining ORT, Mary was an integral part of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University for 20 years.

Mary has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.