Mr. Shabtai Shavit is Chair of HESEG advisory board. Mr. Shavit is a director in the Merhav Group of Companies, and VP of EMG Israel. Mr. Shavit is also Chairman of “Athena GS3” Security Implementations Ltd and advisor to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Sub Committee for Intelligence.
Mr. Shavit is a former head of the Mossad (1989 -1996).
Heather Reisman is the founder and CEO of Indigo Books & Music Inc., Canada’s largest book retailer.
Ms. Reisman was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University. For the first 13 years of her career she was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979. Paradigm was the world’s first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today.
In 1992, Ms. Reisman left Paradigm to become President of Cott Corporation. During her tenure as President, Cott grew from a Canadian-based regional bottler to the world’s largest retailer-branded beverage supplier. Harvard wrote two case studies focusing on the company’s growth and development under her leadership.
In 1996, Ms. Reisman launched Indigo Books & Music Inc. Conceived as the world’s first booklovers’ cultural department store. Indigo represents the culmination and integration of a lifelong passion for books and music, and an entire career focused on understanding and building advanced organizations.
Ms. Reisman is a former Governor of McGill University and of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She has served on many North American boards including Magna International, Suncor, Williams Sonoma and Rogers Communications Inc., and continues to serve on the board of Onex Corporation, J. Crew Group, Inc., and Right to Play. She is also a Director and Officer of Mount Sinai Hospital, and a member of the Bilderberg Steering Committee, a geo-political think group.
Ms. Reisman is the recipient of three honourary doctorates.
Ms. Reisman is the recipient of several awards including Waterloo Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, University of Waterloo; International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, University of Manitoba; and The John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction, Concordia University.
In 2009, she was recognized in the category of Entrepreneur by the Women’s Executive Network as an inductee in their Top 100 Power Women in Canada. Also in 2009, The Financial Times of London selected Ms. Reisman as one of the Top 50 Women in Business, globally.
Ms. Reisman is the author of numerous articles, and is a frequent public speaker and television guest. Her goal is to build the Indigo/Chapters organization into the most valued retailer in the world for booklovers and their friends. Ms. Reisman is married to Gerald Schwartz, Chair and CEO of Onex Corporation. She has four children and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Schwartz, a native of Winnipeg, Canada, received his B. A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Manitoba and his MBA degree from Harvard University. He also holds an LL.D. (Hon.) from St. Francis Xavier University and a Ph. D. (Hon.) from Tel Aviv University.
He founded Onex in 1984.
Onex is one of North America’s oldest and largest Private Equity firms. It has global revenue of $31 billion and over 210,000 employees. Its principal businesses include electronic manufacturing services, aircraft manufacturing of Boeing’s commercial aircraft, private & military aircraft manufacturing, warranty insurance, health care and customer management services.
Mr. Schwartz is Vice-Chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital, an Honourary Director of The Bank of Nova Scotia; Chairman, Board of Governors, Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy; Member, Committee on University Resources of Harvard University Board of Overseers; and is a Director, Governor, or Trustee of a number of other organizations, including Junior Achievement of Toronto and The Simon Wiesenthal Center.
In 2004 Mr. Schwartz was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and in 2006 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He is married to Heather Reisman, Chief Executive of Indigo Books & Music Inc., has four children and seven grandchildren.
Irving Martin Abella C.M., Ph.D., F.R.S.C. is a Canadian writer, historian and academic. He specializes in the history of Canadian Jewry and the Canadian labour movement. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1963), Master of Arts (1964) degree, and Ph.D. (1969) from the University of Toronto. He has written several books including “Coat of Many Colours: Two Centuries of Jewish Life in Canada” (1990) and “None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948” (1983). He is a professor at York University and is a former President of the Canadian Jewish Congress (1992 to 1995). In 1993, Prof. Abella was made a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is married to Canadian jurist Rosalie Abella, who was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in August 2004.
J. Robert S. Prichard is chairman of Torys LLP in Canada and Chair of the Board of Directors of Metrolinx.
Previously, Prichard was President and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar Corporation.
Mr. Prichard is also President Emeritus of the University of Toronto, where he previously served as Dean of Law and as a professor specializing in law and economics. He is also a director of Four Seasons Hotels Inc, Bank of Montreal, Onex Corporation and George Weston Ltd. and serves as Chairman of the Toronto Community Foundation. Mr. Prichard studied honours economics at Swarthmore College, received his MBA from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He holds eight honorary degrees and is an officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Order of Ontario.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Benny Zucker is a captain in El-Al Israel airlines and a retired IDF fighter pilot.
During his IDF service he held several key positions within the Air Force, including Commander of an F-16C/D squadron, Commander of the Air-force Central Command, Commander of the “Hazor” Air-Force base, and Commander of the Tel-Nof Air-Force base.
Mr. Aviv Bushinsky is a director of the Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation and is an officer HESEG. In his former positions, Mr. Bushinsky was chief of staff for Finance Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, media advisor to the Prime Minster and spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Affairs office. He is the current chairman of the Israel Chess Association and a founder & partner of the Israeli YBM HI & Ventures Group.
Maj. Gen. Doron Almog’s main pursuits integrate volunteer and business activities and include the establishment of the Aleh Negev - “Nachalat Eran” rehabilitative village for disabled children and young adults with severe cognitive disabilities.
Landmarks in his military career include “Operation Entebbe” and command of an elite paratroopers unit.
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Almog retired from the IDF where he previously served as Head of the Doctrine & Training Division at the IDF General Headquarters and as Head of the Southern Command.
Chairwoman of the Management Board of The Strauss-Elite Group, Israel’s second largest food producer. Ms. Strauss received a Bachelor of Law degree from Tel Aviv University in 1987. From 1987 to 1989 she was in the International Marketing Services and Training Program at Estée Lauder and joined the family-owned company in 1989. Ms. Strauss is also Chairwoman of the Public Committee “Bait Beyachad” - a project of the Jewish Agency and a trustee and member of the Management Committee of the Jewish Agency.
Mr. Tal Keinan is Chairman and CEO of KCPS and Company, an investment firm managing funds and providing investment advisory services to private and institutional investors around the world. Previously, Mr. Keinan was a partner at Giza Venture Capital. Mr. Keinan served as a pilot in the Israel Air Force, with a rank of Lt. Colonel.
Mr. Teomim is the chairman of the BBDO/Gitam advertising and publicity agency. He is a
psychologist by education and training. He is a trustee of the Jewish Agency and chairman of the
Youth Futures panel. He is a member of the administration board of the Peres Center for Peace.
Together with Sammy Segol, he is the owner of the Hapoel “Keter” Tel Aviv soccer team.
Ambassador Haim Divon is a graduate of the Hebrew University Faculty of Law. In 1975 he joined the School of Diplomacy, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Amb. Divon has been posted in India, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Canada. He is the former special coordinator of Ethiopian Affairs for the MFA and, in that capacity, coordinated the inter-ministerial team that planned and executed “Operation Solomon”. Amb. Divon is also former director of the World Jewish Affairs Division and Deputy General of the MFA. He is currently the head of Mashav, the Center for International Cooperation.
1986: B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science with honors – Ben Gurion University, Israel.
1998: M.A in system management with honors – Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, US.
Fluent in Hebrew and English.
Jan. 2010: President & CEO, EL AL Israel Airlines
2004 - 2008: Commander of the AIF - Israel Air Force (Major General).
2002: IAF chief of staff (Brigadier Gen).
2000: The Head of Air Directorate (Brigadier Gen).
1998: Commander of Ramat David air force base (Colonel).
1994: The Head of Operations Department (Colonel).
1993: Head of Combat Branch in Operations Department in the HQ.
1991: Head of the establishment team of the “Valley squadron” F-16D and the Commander of the squadron.
1989: Commander of the Combat Stream in the Flight Academy in Hazerim AFB.
1987: Part of the establishment team of the first F-16D (two place aircraft) fighter squadron in the IAF and Deputy Squadron Commander in Hazor air force base.
1986: Deputy Commander of a Sky-Hawk Squadron in Nevatim air force base.
1981: An Instructor and Commander of the fighter advanced stage.
1980: Participated in the first F-16 transition course which took place in Israel.
1975: Joined the IDF and volunteered for the Flight Academy. Graduated with honors, as a Fighter Pilot.
LTC Mikey Hartman Immigrated alone to Israel in 1988 and enlisted to the Givati Brigade as a "lone soldier" and sniper.
Hartman founded & headed the IDF sharpshooting and marksmanship school for 2 decades.
His school was responsible to train all of the shooting instructors in the IDF.
Hartman wrote all of the shooting doctrine of the IDF and trained hundreds of thousands of soldiers during his military service, he is a member of multiple programs in the IDF that deal with how to improve the quality of life of the "lone soldier", lecturers to IDF Commanders on the needs of the "lone soldiers", lecturers to "lone soldiers" on how to endure the IDF rigid training process. Hartman also is a director in a program named “Big Brother” which guides and escorts lone soldiers by lone soldiers who has finished their service.
Today, he is the CEO & part owner of MSE (Marksmanship Sniper Excellence)a Company that develops, manufactures and markets a family of sights to the military, paramilitary and civilian market worldwide. He is considered a phenomenon in his field and one of the founders of the shooting doctrine in the IDF.
Dr. Picker is the owner of a health related insurance and advisory company and a member of seven directorial boards in the areas of Finance, Hi-tech, Arts and Culture.
Mr. Shlomo Nehama served as Chairman of the Board of Bank Hapoalim, the leading bank in Israel, between 1998-2007. During this time the bank became a leader in the Israeli market and became recognized around the world. Mr. Nehama is a graduate of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, from which he also received an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the strengthening of the Israeli economy. He is a director of numerous foundations and public institutions including the Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
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