About Us

Learn more about CIDO's history, team and hear what people say about us!


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Shawky Fahel, CIDO's Founder and Chairman was raised in Jaffa, Israel, in a family with strong Christian faith principles. He was taught from an early age the importance of helping people and giving back to the community, and it has been his life-long practice to help others.

Since its beginning, CIDO has spearheaded several international projects that have had an indelible impact on the recipient community. This has included:

    Improving the lives of infirm patients in 2000 by delivering 100 hospital beds to St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem in partnership with Grand River Hospital, Saint Mary's Hospital in the Waterloo Region and Saint Joseph HealthCare in Hamilton, and 75 wheelchairs to the Abu Raya Rehabilitation Centre. The Canadian Government graciously provided transportation through the Department of National Defence.
    CIDO CEO Shawky Fahel had an audience with Pope John Paul II in Rome, who praised CIDO and blessed their humanitarian efforts.
    Prior to being shipped to Ramallah, the wheelchairs were donated to be used at the funeral of Constable David Nicholson from the Waterloo Regional Police department, who died in the line of duty on August 12, 1998 while trying to save a child from drowning.
    Co-hosting an obstetric conference on preterm delivery in East Jerusalem in partnership with the Canadian Representative Office in Ramallah to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.
    Donating a portable, battery operated CT scanner to the Regional Hospital of Sunyani in Ghana to help alleviate their high infant mortality rate and improve obstetric cases.


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Founder & Chairman Shawky Fahel

Shawky started JG Contracting Ltd in 1979. He now owns and operates several successful businesses under the JG Group. A Palestinian by birth, he has written extensively about improving relations between Palestinians and Israelis. Shawky 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.

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Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Member of the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice Advisory Board Dr. John English

John is a distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo. He’s 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.

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Volunteer Heather Baker

Heather has spent many years working in the volunteer sector as a board and foundation member, fundraiser, event chair and board chair or president. She has been President of Alberta Ballet Company, the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Ontario director of the Mount Royal College (now University) Foundation. Heather’s career spanned from senior university administrative support, to communications and small business management.

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Lawyer Don Bourgeois

Don practices regulatory law, charitable and not-for-profit law. He was General Counsel for a regulatory and law enforcement agency in Ontario, reporting to the Ministry of the Attorney General. Don 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, Don is the recipient of several honours and awards.

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Business Entrepreneur Ray Simonson

Ray is an experienced tech CEO and start-up founder. He is the co-founder and CEO of Glove Systems Inc. and has extensive experience with large capital project management, construction software, building high-performing teams and in fundraising. He led the October 2010 MBO of Coreworx. Ray serves on several private and public boards.

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Retired President, Wilfrid Laurier University and Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada) Dr. Bob Rosehart

Bob is the Past President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Waterloo, Ontario having served from 1997 to 2007. Before that, he served 13 years as President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Bob is the past-chair, and a current Board member, of St Paul's University College at the University of Waterloo. Bob holds honorary degrees from University of Waterloo, Nipissing University and WLU as well as degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo.

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Business Consultant Bob Kalbfleisch

Bob 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 with Agricorp, and senior marketing and communications advisor for the University of Guelph's Laboratory Services. Bob was a founding 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.

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Rheumatologist. Faculty Member, McMaster University Dr. Rafat Faraawi

Rafat is a licensed Rheumatologist in Kitchener, Ontario. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario. Rafat has been the Principal Investigator in over 30 clinical research trials and has authored more than 50 abstracts and publications. He is the Principal Investigator with the Kitchener-Waterloo Musculoskeletal Research Inc and the Consultant Rheumatologist with both the Grand River Hospital and St Mary's Hospital, Waterloo Region.

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Consultant David Viveash

David retired from the Canadian federal public service in 2008. Most of his 37-year career was spent in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT, now Global Affairs Canada). He served abroad in Zambia, Malaysia, South Africa and Israel. He was Canada's first resident Ambassador in Libya and the Canadian Representative to the Palestinian Authority. David has worked at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Since retiring, David is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Windsor and works as an independent International Affairs Consultant.



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