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.
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.
NADIA ABU-ZAHRA - November 2017
Dr Nadia Abu-Zahra is Associate Professor of International Development and Global Studies. She is a member of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, and of the Reconciliation Committee of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She was previously based at the University of Oxford, and has worked on projects for Oxfam, UNICEF, the European Union, the Open Society Foundation, and Global Affairs Canada. As co-Director of Community Mobilization in Crisis — a project to extend higher education to host and refugee communities through blended/distance learning — her collective efforts have garnered several awards.
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.
GORDON KING - October 2014
Gordon King has a background in New Testament studies and international development,and holds a B.A. in Education and a Ph.D in theology. He has taught in Bolivia, has worked for Save the Children, has served in the refugee determination process in Canada, has worked for World Vision Canada, and has directed The Sharing Way (the international development program of Canadian Baptist Ministries). He has served on a board member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and El Centro de Estudios Teologicos Interdisciplinarios. More recently, and for over 10 years, he has worked with Canadian Baptist Ministries.
DIMITRI LASCARIS - August 2017
Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist. After graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991, Dimitri pursued his legal career working in a number of different law firms in Canada, the United States, and in Europe. In 2012, he was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. In 2013, he was named by Canadian Business as one of the 50 most powerful people in Canadian business. He was repeatedly named by Lexpert as one of the 500 leading lawyers in Canada. In July 2016, Dimitri retired from the practice of law in order to devote himself to activism and journalism. In Canada’s 2015 federal election, Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of London West. Subsequently, he served as justice critic on the shadow cabinet of the Green Party. Before becoming a board member, he was an active friend and supporter of CJPME's work in a number of arenas.
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.
KHAOULA CHEHBOUNI - ADMINISTRATION - January 2016
Khaoula graduated from HEC in administration and is currently pursuing another degree at the Université de Montréal in data processing. She started working at CJPME in January 2016 and has completed many different tasks: translation, administrative work, customer management and donation processing, communications, financial bookkeeping, etc.
YVES EL-MIR - OFFICE MANAGER - November 2017
Yves El-Mir has previously worked as project manager and in charge of public relations for A.M.P. Commerce Solidaire & Medical Aid for Palestine. He played a key role in popularising and distributing Zeitouna olive oil and other Palestinian products throughout Montreal and the rest of Quebec and Ottawa. He is also co-founder of The Welcome Project and Hi World, which create media content with a special focus on the immigrant experience.
MIRANDA GALLO - RESEARCH ANALYST AND CAMPAIGNS COORDINATOR - May 2017
Miranda Gallo holds a BA in World Islamic and Middle East Studies with a minor in History from McGill University. She has worked with several NGOs, both in the Middle East, and in Canada. Most of Miranda’s work is focused on advocating for human rights as they relate to Canada and the Middle East, as well as the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. Miranda began involvement with CJPME as an intern in 2016, and was hired on as a full-time staff person in May, 2017.
EMILIE GRENIER - CAMPUS GROUPS COORDINATOR - August 2017
Currently completing a bachelor degree in international relations and international law, Emilie first joined CJPME as an intern in May 2017. Her experiences as a volunteer and as a project manager across different continents have greatly influenced her as a community and campus activist. Following her summer internship with CJPME, she was hired on as a part-time staffperson in August, 2017, and is the main campus groups coordinator for CJPME, among other roles within the organization.
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.