Our Leadership

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.

nadia.png  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.jpg 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.

king2.png  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. 

king2.png  MONIA MAZIGH - June 2019

Monia Mazigh is an academic, author and human rights advocate. She was the former National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned tirelessly for his release. Mazigh holds a PhD in finance from McGill University. In 2008, she published a memoir about her pursuit of justice, Hope and Despair, shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award. In 2014, she published her first novel, Mirrors and Mirages. It was short listed for the Book Trillium Award and for the Ottawa Book Award. Her second novel, Hope Has Two Daughters, was published in January 2017 by Anansi House. She writes in her blog at moniamazigh.com.

king2.png  LIBBY DAVIES - April 2021

Libby Davies served as Member of Parliament for Vancouver East from 1997 to 2015, and as the Deputy Leader of the Federal NDP from 2007 to 2015. Before her time in federal politics, Libby was a community organizer in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and elected to Vancouver City Council for 5 consecutive terms. She has written a political memoir called “Outside In” about her political experiences. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2016. Libby has always been an outspoken advocate for Palestinian human rights, and she brought a principled and courageous perspective to the issue while on Parliament Hill. She was a member of the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association, and helped plan events on the Hill to foster awareness of Palestine. After Israel’s war on Gaza in 2009 resulted in the deaths of 1400 Palestinians, she was part of a small group of two Canadian MPs who visited the territory. Following her visit, she introduced a statement and report to Parliament calling on Canada to support the Goldstone Report and its conclusions, which found evidence of Israeli war crimes.


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 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.

Nur Watad is currently finishing her Bachelors of Media Information Technology at Western University, with background in journalism, human rights activism, and writing. She is a co author of book Via Dolorosa: Stories of Syrian Refugee Women During the War on Syria and Their Migration to Canada, as well as three bilingual, educative children’s books. She is extremely passionate about media and journalism, as well as advocating for humanitarian issues world wide. She has many aspirations that include leaving an impact, and spreading truth.  NUR WATAD - DIRECTOR, MEDIA, CAMPUS, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - FEBRUARY 2022

Nur Watad is a Palestinian-Canadian who was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and moved to Canada at age 14.  Prior to joining CJPME, she studied Media Information Technology at the University of Western Ontario with a focus on journalism, human rights activism, and writing. She is a co-author of the book Via Dolorosa: Stories of Syrian Refugee Women During the War on Syria and Their Migration to Canada, as well as three bilingual, educative children’s books. In addition to extracurricular roles in radio and journalism at Western, Nur was also a leader within Western’s Palestinian Cultural Club.  Among her various roles with CJPME, Nur is spear-heading the CJPME Campus Solidarity initiative, and is also host of the podcast, “All Things Palestinian Canadian.” 


Madeleine Moffatt studied Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University, with an interest in colonialism and human rights. In 2020, Madeleine won an award for her work on the 2019 Turkish offensive into Northern Syria at the Québec Undergraduate Security Conference. At CJPME, Madeleine does administrative work, donations processing, customer and donor relations, research, and writing. A lifelong human rights activist, she hopes to one day become a lawyer and pursue a career in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law.

Bueckert_profile_photo.png MICHAEL BUECKERT - VICE PRESIDENT - June 2020

Dr. Michael Bueckert has a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy from Carleton University. His dissertation explored the opposition to BDS, and this research involved travel to Palestine and South Africa. He has published in Radical History Review and Studies in Political Economy, and has written for publications including Africa Is A CountryJacobin, and Briarpatch. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, Buzzfeed News, CBC Ottawa, the South African Broadcast Corporation, the Electronic Intifada, and Mondoweiss. He has held several positions in the student movement, including as the President of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association. He joined CJPME as Vice President in June 2020.

Tom.jpg 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.