The CJPME Board
Among other key policy responsibilities, CJPME’s board appoints the president, and oversees the responsible use of CJPME finances. The current CJPME board members – with date of induction to the Board – are introduced below. All but one of the board members are listed:
WARREN ALLMAND - April 2009
Warren Allmand studied civil law at McGill University and comparative law at the University of Paris. He was admitted to the Québec bar in 1958. In 1965, he was elected to the Parliament of Canada and has held the three Cabinet posts: Solicitor General (November 27, 1972 - September 14, 1976), Indian Affairs and Northern Development (September 14, 1976 - September 16, 1977), and finally Consumer and Corporate Affairs (September 16, 1977 - June 4, 1979). Warren retired from Parliament before the 1997 election. Warren has also served as the president of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development from 1997 to 2002 and the international president of Parliamentarians for Global Action. In 2004, Allmand was elected President of the World Federalist Movement–Canada. In November 2005 Allmand was elected to the Montreal city council seat of Loyola in Western NDG as a member of the Montreal Island Citizens Union.
OSAMA ABU-SHIHAB - April 2008
Osama Abu-Shihab has been involved with various NGOs for the past 15 years, and has been part of CJPME since its inception. He has also been a CJPME Board member since 2008. He has led a successful career in telecommunications where he is currently a Director of IT at a large telecommunications firm. He has also recently started a private business in Montreal with a group of entrepreneurs that provides fun and entertainment for children and families.
JEFFREY AYOUB - April 2008
Jeffrey Ayoub has been a CJPME leader in the Ottawa area since 2006. He has also been a CJPME Board member since 2008. Professionally, Jeff works in government and is involved, among other things, in setting expectations for sound human resources management within the public service, and measuring federal department achievement of these expectations and progress toward meeting them. His many years of experience within the federal government in the human resources field has enabled him to gain a strong understanding of what it takes to implement complex projects in the public sector, and build the strong relationships needed to make implementation a success. Jeff feels strongly about justice, peace and development in the Middle East, and that Canada can do so much better hear and abroad to contribute to the achievement of this sought-after justice, peace and development.
LOUAY JABRY - April 2008
Louay Jabry has been involved for years with CJPME, participating as a committed volunteer in many of CJPME’s key programs. He has also been a CJPME Board member since 2008. Louay has also been an active volunteer and contributor for many years with other Canadian NGOs working in the social justice sector. Louay is a successful business leader who founded his own company in 1998, and turned it into a leader of Web content management solutions as well as Web-based custom business solutions. Prior to launching his own company, Louay had worked for over two decades in the IT industry in commercial software development. More recently, in 2006, Louay has launched a Web-based wine appreciation business.
GLENN SMITH - April 2008
Glenn Smith has been an encourager and mentor to key leaders in CJPME for many years, and has closely followed the growth of the organization over this time. He has also been a CJPME Board member since 2008. Glenn has been the executive director of a Montreal-based NGO focused on church resourcing and ministry in Quebec since 1983. Among other teaching responsibilities, Glenn is a professor at the Université de Montréal and at the Université chrétienne du Nord d’Haïti. He is also a sessional lecturer at McGill University. Glenn also has years of experience serving on the board of numerous large Canadian and international non-profit boards over the past two decades. Glenn is also the author of a number of books, many of them focusing on Christian ministry in urban settings. Glenn did his graduate studies in Patristics at the Université d’Ottawa and his doctoral thesis in contextual theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago.
The CJPME Executive Team
The CJPME Executive is charged with carrying out the operations of the organization. The President is appointed by the Board, and the President and the executive work to implement CJPME’s strategic plan at both the national and local level. Some members of the CJPME executive are paid staff, while others are volunteers.
THOMAS WOODLEY - PRESIDENT - August 2010
Thomas Woodley has been CJPME’s president since early 2008, and the organization has seen dramatic expansion and growth under his leadership. In terms of academic background, Tom has a BS EE from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS EE from Stevens Institute of Technology. Tom also has an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with a focus on Public Policy and Public Finance. Tom has a strong professional background in the public sector, having worked in Federal government for several years. He is also experienced in project management and organizational development. Tom also has long experience working in the NGO and volunteer sector, having volunteered for several international NGO’s in Africa and the Middle East. Tom has been involved with CJPME since it’s founding in 2004.
PATRICIA JEAN - VP CJPME-MONTREAL, VP COMMUNICATIONS - August 2010
Patricia Jean joined the CJPME team in August 2009. She has a BA in International Relations and International Law from UQAM and also holds an MA in International Relations from the same institution. She is very interested in current events and issues affecting the Middle East. Moreover, she has frequently traveled to the Middle East and has worked on projects promoting the development of democratic practices in partnership with local political think tanks.
GRACE BATCHOUN - VP PUBLIC RELATIONS - August 2010
Grace has a BS CS and other professional training in technology, human resources and program management, and worked successfully for 15 years in the corporate world. Grace has accrued broad experience in the volunteer and non-profit sector, having been actively involved in numerous community-based organizations. Grace also serves actively on the Board of a number of Montreal-based NGOs and community organizations. Having grown up in the Middle East, and having helped found CJPME, Grace is familiar with the dynamics of the region, and the Canadian political realities which shape Canada’s response. Grace has served as CJPME’s VP of Public Relations since 2009, and meets regularly with Canadian Middle East policymakers and other important influencers.