The CJPME Foundation Board
Among other key policy responsibilities, the Foundation's board appoints the president, and oversees the responsible use of the finances. The current 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.
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.
The CJPME Foundation Executive Team
The CJPME Foundation Executive is charged with carrying out the operations of the organization. The President is appointed by the Board, and the President and the executive support work to implement the Foundation’s strategic plan. Some members of the CJPME Foundation executive are paid staff, while others are volunteers.
VACANT - PRESIDENT
The post for the CJPME Foundation President is currently vacant.
THOMAS WOODLEY - TREASURER, SECRETARY
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 the CJPME Foundation since it’s founding in 2013.
DALYA AL MASRI- MANAGER, STRATEGIC OPERATIONS
Dalya has a bachelors degree in international relations and political science from the University of British Columbia 19' with a concentration on the Middle East. She has a strong conception of media and human rights with experience at Reuters and Al Arabiya English and believes in story telling through print, audio, and video as a medium for justice. She has written articles on Palestine and Canadian foreign policy for +972 magazine, Institute of Palestine Studies, and Read Passage. Dalya has been featured for political analysis in Al Jazeera, Huffington Post Canada, Canadaland, the Globe and Mail, alongside speaking on panels such as the Middle East Institute and Eyewitness Palestine. She is also a member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective and the Palestinian Youth Movement. You can find her on Twitter: @dalya_masri