Vera N. Held runs VNH Communications in Toronto, Canada. A straight-shooting workplace coach, facilitator and speaker, she helps organizations boost their people productivity. An ardent theatre, language, travel and culture buff, Vera taught EFL in Tokyo, Japan in 1983/84. In 1998, the Canadian Booksellers Association voted her international business best-seller How Not to Take it Personally one of 15 leading business books in Canada; it’s published in English, French, German, Turkish and Traditional Chinese. Vera’s Make It Work career column has run monthly in Jobboom, The Toronto Sun since 2009; she is also DEL Condominium Magazine’s lifestyles columnist. A leader, educational activist and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, in 2010, Vera researched “Jewish Albania”, and interviewed Holocaust survivors in Corfu and Ioannina, Greece. This trip culminated in a multimedia presentation at Holocaust Education Week 2010, and garnered international media support and success. In September 2011, Vera was asked to become the Founding Chair of community organization Golden Future Albania (Sept. 2011 – July 2012). Some of Vera’s other volunteer commitments include: Variety Village, Board of Directors and Communications Committee; Habitat for Humanity, Top Fundraiser, Women Build 2013; The Next 36, Mentor; Canadian Women’s Foundation, Website Writer and Canadians for Israel (CDNS4I), Organizing Committee. Vera has been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who for many years. Vera is CJCE’s President and serves as a member of the board of directors. Vera N. Held B.A. Eng. Cert. PR Tesl Cert. M.Ed. www.veraheld.com Click here for my LinkedIn Profile
Lisa Cohen specializes in advocacy, is a member of Canadians for Israel (CDNS4I), and has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than a decade. Lisa combines an eclectic, academic background in sociology, history, public policy, administration and critical disability studies. She also has extensive knowledge and well-honed skills in not-for-profit management. A young, Zionist leader, Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) graduate and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Lisa has 14+ years of practical, hands-on, experience advocating for Jewish/Israel rights on campus. This included her elected leadership position as president of Zionists@McMaster when an undergraduate. She believes strongly that youth outreach is imperative for the successful future of Jewish students on campus. To this end, she works diligently to give students the right tools to strategically navigate systems at academic institutions to produce excellent, long-term results. Currently, Lisa manages specialized Autism services in Toronto, supervising a department that focuses on school transitions. She has 10+ years of teaching and training experience, and has worked with high school, university-aged students, faculty and staff in both the academic and not-for-profit environments. Lisa is CJCE ‘s Executive Director and serves as a member of the board of directors. Lisa Cohen Hons. B.A., MPA, M.A.
Larry Tomlin is Vice President, Client Advisor at Wealth Stewards Inc. A lifelong entrepreneur, Larry has founded and run several, successful businesses including an accounting practice. Here he served as trusted advisor to hundreds of families for 20+ years, specializing in tax planning and compliance for professionals with incorporated, family-owned businesses. During this period, Larry developed an extensive reputation for hard work, attention to detail, and for his engaged, attentive and caring approach to clients’ tax and financial concerns. Others ventures include: Tax To Go, an innovative high-volume retail tax preparation service and The SchoolsExpo Network, the operator of a trade fair for private schools held at the Ontario Science Centre and a property management firm. Larry volunteers with a variety of charitable and religious organizations. He is as a member of the board of directors of CJCE and serves as Treasurer. Larry Tomlin MBA FCPA FCMA CIM C.Dir CMC www.wealthstewards.ca Click here for LinkedIn profile