Board of Directors
A brief introduction to CIDO's Board of Directors.
Shawky Fahel
Founder & Chairman
Shawky started JG Contracting Ltd in 1979. He now owns and operates several successful businesses under the JG Group including a successful woodworking shop, a property development company and - most recently - Canada-Middle East Consulting Inc (CMEC). A Palestinian, he has written extensively about improving relations between Palestinians and Israelis. Fahel has helped establish several organizations and has served as an advisor on Middle East matters to the Canadian Departments of External Affairs and International Trade. He is the distinguished recipient of several honours and awards including Waterloo's Citizen of the Year, Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship Award as well as several humanitarian and outstanding volunteer awards.
Dr. John English
Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Member of the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice Advisory Board
A Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, John English has been a Liberal Member of Parliament, a Special Ambassador for Landmines and a Special Envoy for the election of Canada to the United Nations Security Council. He has also served as President of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review, chair of the Board of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. He is currently the Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College, University of Toronto, Canada.
Heather Baker
Volunteer
Heather has spent many years working in the volunteer sector as a board and foundation member, fund and friend raiser, event chair and board chair or president. She has been President of Alberta Ballet Company and the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Ontario director of the Mount Royal College (now University) Foundation. Her career spanned senior university administrative support, communication positions and small business management and ownership. Heather lives in Doha, Qatar where her husband, Donald Baker, is Executive Dean, Virginia Commonwealth School of Arts.
Irene Sage
Consultant
Irene Sage is a writer and consultant working in the fields of food security, conflict resolution, and climate change. She holds a doctorate in International Political Economy from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. She subsequently worked for the Centre for Conflict Analysis and then served as the Deputy Director of the Foundation for International Security, a major UK NGO. She became its Director in 2001 and led Track-Two Conflict Resolution projects in Moldova and Iraqi Kurdistan, . Upon her return to Canada, she worked as the Associate Director of the African Initiative at the Centre for International Global Innovation and is on the board of the Rotary African Women's Educational Foundation.
Don Bourgeois
Lawyer
Don is a lawyer who practices primarily regulatory law, and charitable and not-for-profit law. He was General Counsel for a large regulatory and law enforcement agency in Ontario, reporting to the Ministry of the Attorney General, for almost a decade, during which time he also served as Deputy Registrar, Director of Licensing and Registration, and Director of Legal Services. He is the author of Public Law in Canada, and several texts for the charitable and not-for-profit sector, including The Law of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Organizations.. In recognition of his contributions to his community and profession, Mr. Bourgeois is the recipient of several honours and awards, including The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, AMS/John Hodgson Award and others
Ray Simonson
Business Entrepreneur
Ray is an experienced tech CEO and start-up founder. He has extensive experience with large capital project management and construction software, building high performing teams, start-ups, fund raising, and selling enterprise software internationally. He led the October 2010 MBO of Coreworx, closed the deal in three weeks with the help of his strong management team. They grew revenue by 4 times over 3 years despite running with very little operating capital. Ray is the co-founder and CEO of Glove Systems Inc. He has served on and both private and public boards.
Dr. Bob Rosehart
Retired President, Wilfrid Laurier University and Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Rosehart is the Past President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Waterloo, Ontario. He assumed this position on September 1, 1997 and completed a ten-year term in August 2007. During the previous thirteen years he served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is the past-chair, and current Board member, of St Paul's University College at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Rosehart holds honorary degrees from University of Waterloo (2006), Nipissing University (2007) and WLU (2008) as well as degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He was a Professor of chemical engineering at Lakehead University during the 1970's. His interests are in economic development, science and technology policies, corporate governance and indigenous self-government policies.
Bob Kalbfleisch
Business Consultant
Bob Kalbfleisch established his own consulting company in 1999 after a 30-year career in the Ontario Public Service. He has delivered on several business management projects including senior communications advisor to the Ontario Innovation Trust and the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, CEO and Executive Director, Business Development for Agricorp, and senior marketing and communications advisor for the University of Guelph's Laboratory Services. Bob was a founding Director and the Managing Director of Canada's Technology for Food (later Advanced Technology for Food Manufacturing) where the concept for the adaption of world class innovative manufacturing and information technology solutions for Canada's food processors was cultivated.
Dr. Rafat Faraawi
Rheumatologist. Faculty Member, McMaster University
Dr. Faraawi is a licensed Rheumatologist in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario. During his outstanding career he has been the Principal Investigator in over 30 clinical research trials and has authored more than 50 abstracts and publications. Dr. Faraawi is the Principal Investigator with Kitchener-Waterloo Musculoskeletal Research Inc and he is the Consultant Rheumatologist with both the Grand River Hospital and St Mary's Hospital in the Waterloo Region in Ontario.
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