President & CEO
Kim Coulter is the President and CEO of JVS Toronto. She has been part of JVS Toronto’s executive team for over a decade as the Chief Operations Officer. Her career with JVS Toronto started in 1990 as a frontline career counsellor and quickly progressed into senior management. With over 25 years’ employment sector experience, Kim has directly influenced JVS Toronto’s strategic service delivery and expansion through the development of strong partnerships with all levels of government, funding bodies, private foundations and donors. With financial management acumen, and honed skills in strategic planning, business development, and project management, Kim is a capable change-leader for JVS Toronto and the sector at large. She is a much sought-after professional participant to inform policies, responsive programming, and service delivery that reflects community need.
Kim has a Master’s of Education in Counselling from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate in Change Management from the Rotman School of Management. She has held various voluntary leadership roles at community and government levels; and represents JVS Toronto internationally through professional affiliations.
Board of Directors
Jonathan Kopman (Since 2018)
Jonathan is an Investment Advisor for CIBC Wood Gundy and is a certified Investment Management Analyst. He is co-founder and Board member of the Elayne Kopman Foundation. Jonathan was a previous member of the JVS Toronto Board from 2006 to 2016 and continued his involvement in various Board committees. For JVS Toronto, Jonathan is also member of the Executive, Fundraising and Nominating Committees.
Jeff Goldfarb (Since 2009)
Immediate Past Chair
Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and retired partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. A long-time governance volunteer, Jeff has participated in leadership and committee member capacities with Muki Baum Accessibility Centre, the Julia and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. For JVS Toronto, Jeff is also Fundraising Committee Chair, and member of the Finance and Nominating Committees.
Avi Pollock (Since 2015)
Avi, an MBA / LLB program graduate, owns a consulting firm advising innovative start-up companies and large businesses scaling up through key phases of their life cycle to build successful, sustainable businesses. Over his 20-plus year career, Avi’s experience has been split evenly between leading, scaling and advising entrepreneurial growth-oriented companies and profit and loss responsibilities at large companies like RBC and Davis & Henderson Canada (D + H). Avi is a frequent speaker on innovation and has been active in charitable and community causes including the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada, Hillel of Greater Toronto and RBC’s Social Finance initiative, and is currently a Board member of Venture for Canada. For JVS Toronto, Avi is also a member of the Executive and Governance Committees.
Desmond Levin (Since 2016)
Desmond (Des) is a consultant in Crowe Soberman LLP as part of their advisory services, consulting to owner-managed businesses, with a client portfolio consisting in part of investment companies, distributors, trustees (estates and trusts), manufacturers, professionals and not-for-profit organizations. He is an active participant in the community, with previous involvement as a Board member and/or Treasurer for the Parkdale Community Legal Services, two Kidney Foundation of Canada chapters, and a large Condominium Corporation. For JVS Toronto, Des is also the Finance Committee Chair and member of the Executive Committee.
Fiona Orr (Since 2017)
Fiona is a business and legal affairs lawyer. Most recently, she was Senior Compliance Counsel in the Ethics and Compliance Office, at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for company ethics and business conduct compliance, administration, investigations and policies. Fiona is an active United Way volunteer as a Community Impact Advisor on the Community Services Sector Program Funding Stream Review Committee, and formerly as a member of the Law Community Advisory Committee. She is also a corporate law volunteer with Pro Bono Ontario. For JVS Toronto, Fiona is also member of the Governance Committee.
Wayne Burns (Since 2015)
Member at Large
Wayne is Vice President, Client and Partner Development at webTactics, a management consulting firm, responsible for creating partnership opportunities with industry-leading product and service providers. Previously, Wayne built significant experience with two of the world’s largest recruitment advertising, and employment marketing and communications companies. He is active in a variety of not-for-profit initiatives related to youth employment, employability and skills training. For JVS Toronto, Wayne is also member of the Executive Committee.
Nicole Diamond (Since 2015)
Nicole has a Master’s of Business Administration and manages a team to develop omni-channel capabilities to improve customer experience for one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. Her previous experience includes consultant and advisor to C-Suite and business leadership at leading North American companies. She is passionate for women’s empowerment and social change having led a social enterprise dedicated to women’s empowerment and sustainable employment. Nicole formerly served on Accenture’s Global Advisory Board. For JVS Toronto, Nicole is also a member of the Fundraising and Nominating Committees.
Wendy Glaser (Since 2016)
Wendy is the Manager of Human Resources Consulting for the Ontario division at Solertia Consulting Group. With an expertise in Pay Equity compliance, Wendy has worked in several industries spearheading numerous human resources mandates, from employment policy development to organizational restructuring. Wendy is a certified and active member of the Human Resources Professional Association. For JVS Toronto, Wendy is also Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
Saul Goodman (Since 2015)
Now retired, Saul was a social worker and dedicated his career to the field of mental health. He was a long-time employee of North York General Hospital having held several positions including Director, Social Work and Director, Mental Health. Saul has a close bond with JVS Toronto having interned as a Master of Social Work student under the supervision of former Executive Director, Bernie Berger. Saul currently acts as a consultant for mental health organizations in the community. For JVS Toronto, Saul is also member of the Finance and Advocacy Committees.
Pearlene Halfin (Since 2018)
Pearlene is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where her portfolio consisted of both for-profit entities and not-for-profit organizations. Her community involvement has included sitting on a variety of budget and finance committees for schools and acting as treasurer for a not-for-profit organization. For UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, she has assisted various committees including fundraising and supporting new immigrants with employment suggestions. She is currently a member of the budget and finance committee of her synagogue.
Jackie Irvine (Since 2011)
Jackie brings executive leadership experience from the financial services, telecommunications and airline industries in the private and public sectors. In a volunteer capacity, Jackie has lent her expertise to a variety of financial services and non-profit Boards. Jackie is currently Board Chair of the ART for Cancer Foundation. For JVS Toronto, Jackie is also member of the Governance Committee.
Prabhas Jha (Since 2017)
Prabhas, Digital technology evangelist, is the head of the professional services group in Canada for TIBCO Software, responsible for digital transformation initiatives to accelerate growth and enhance customer experience. With more than 20 years’ experience, Prabhas has been delivering IT-empowered solutions for public, private and government sector companies in Canada, the United States and India.
Krishna Kutty (Since 2018)
Krishna is a global strategy director with over 15 years of experience leading business planning cycles, strategy formulation, and large-scale transformations, with a proven track record of delivering outstanding top and bottom-line results in complex organizations. She is currently a Director at The Woodbridge Group, a global manufacturer. Krishna has a bachelor’s and master’s degree with economics specializations and is a Certified Change Management Practitioner.
Erin Payne (Since 2016)
Erin is a lawyer specializing in labour and employment law at e2r Solutions, that provides proactive and holistic human resources solutions to employers. As part of her daily practice, Erin provides advice to a wide variety of private sector and non-for-profit clients in workplace policies, employment contracts, employment standards, human rights, occupational health and safety, employee dismissals, and provides counsel to unionized employers in grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, certification applications, and unfair labour practices. For JVS Toronto, Erin is also a member of the Human Resources Committee.
Noah Shack (Since 2018)
Noah is Vice President, GTA at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada. He is a graduate of the University of King’s College and the London School of Economics and Political Science, with more than a decade of experience working in government relations, political research and communications. Noah has testified as an expert witness before several parliamentary committees and has been a spokesperson for CIJA on local and national media. For JVS Toronto, Noah is also the Advocacy Committee Chair.
Yelena Stepanyan (Since 2018)
Yelena is Director of Investments at Knowledge First Financial, overseeing $6.5 billion in Registered Educational Savings Plan investments. Her role includes developing investment strategy, risk mitigation, and monitoring external investment managers. Yelena has extensive experience in investment and risk management having consulted for large financial institutions on various wealth management and capital markets issues. Yelena received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Financial Analyst charter holder. She currently serves on the Institutional Asset Management Committee of the Toronto CFA Society.
Andrew Weisberg (Since 2017)
Andrew, a Chartered Accountant, is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at DNALabs Canada, with over two decades in a CFO role in the food and consumer packaged goods industries, retail apparel manufacturing, and private labelling for major North American chains. Andrew’s voluntary activities include Board President at Beth Torah Congregation, and Board member at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center. For JVS Toronto, Andrew is also a member of the Finance Committee.
Beatrice Traub-Werner (Since 2012)
Beatrice, a social worker, has over 30 years’ experience as a clinician, administrator and educator. She is Academic Director for Bridge Training Programs for Internationally Trained Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Professionals, Dean of Continuing Education at Adler Graduate Professional Schools, and teaches internationally trained mental health professional at the Mennonite New Life Centre’s Bridge Training Program once a week. Formerly, Beatrice held a variety of positions such as Admissions Director at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and was founder of TAPE Educational Services, a continuing education program for clinicians. Her leadership volunteer experience includes the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Willow Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support Foundation. Currently, Beatrice is Board Secretary at Eli’s Place and member of the Parenting for Life Committee at the Psychology Foundation of Canada. For JVS Toronto, Beatrice is also Chair of the Career, Education, Psychology Services Strategic Advisory Committee, and member of the Governance and Advocacy Committees.
Daniel Wilson (Since 2014)
Specializing in income tax for owner-managed businesses and professionals, Daniel is Senior Manager in tax practice at BDO. His experience includes corporate and partnership reorganizations, tax aspects of sale and purchase of businesses, cross-border taxation, estate planning and personal and corporate tax planning. Daniel is a frequent speaker on taxation and has served as group study leader and in-residence leader for CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course. Daniel has acted as a Tax Clinic Coordinator for the Unionville Home Society and served as Vice President of the South Muskoka Lakes Community Association. For JVS Toronto, Daniel is also a member of the Finance Committee.
Marvin Zweig (Since 2016)
Marvin is a long-standing financial professional having practiced in financial restructuring for both individuals and businesses since 1982. He recently retired as partner with MNP LLP, Canada’s fifth largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm. Marvin is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, CPA Ontario, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP), and the Ontario Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (OAIRP). His voluntary leadership has supported OAIRP, CAIRP, the Bernard Betel Centre for Creative Living and Jewish Family & Child. For JVS Toronto, Marvin is also the Pension and Investment Committee Chair and member of the Finance Committee.