Moshe Ronen is a Toronto-based lawyer, international business advisor and prominent community leader. Mr. Ronen is Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress. He obtained a degree in political science and economics from York University and a law degree from the University of Windsor.
Moshe has worked closely on public advocacy for Israel with a number of the country’s prime ministers, cabinet ministers and opposition leaders. He also has organized and led missions to Israel with Canadian government (federal, provincial and municipal), business, and labour and ethnocultural community leaders. Mr. Ronen has also collaborated directly with former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, in the latter’s ‘Friends of Israel Initiative’ and was a member of that initiative’s ‘London Forum’.
Mr. Ronen is a charismatic public speaker, noted debater and media commentator on Middle East issues and public affairs. In 1996 Moshe was recognized by the Jewish National Fund with its prestigious Jerusalem of Gold Award for his outstanding communal service. Two years later, the Government of Ontario recognized him with a Volunteer Service Award, presented to that province’s most outstanding community leaders. In 2012, Moshe was awarded with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal by Canada’s Governor General.
In early 1999, as President of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Mr. Ronen, a child of Holocaust survivors, together with his father, Mordechai, accompanied Canada’s Prime Minister on an official visit to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland. Later, under Mr. Ronen’s leadership, Holocaust memorialization in Canada achieved a major success when each Canadian province officially legislated and recognized Yom Hashoah as the day to remember and educate about the Holocaust.
Moshe has been a member of the Board of Directors of several major charities including schools and North York General Hospital. He served as a director of First Capital Realty Corporation, a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian real estate developer and holding company with a growing shopping centre portfolio. He is a senior consultant & counsel to the Green family- Greenwin Property Management and Verdiroc Holdings.
Moshe has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Skylink Aviation Group of Companies Inc., which specializes in emergency relief operations for the United Nations and many governments.
Moshe advises several leading Canadian businesspersons and philanthropists including previously Gerald Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of Onex Inc., and Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music Inc. and Issy Asper, the late founder of CanWest Global and subsequently, his son Leonard Asper. He is currently a senior advisor to Mr. Ronald S. Lauder in New York. & special advisor to Leonard Asper in Toronto.
David Diamond is the founder of Diamond and Diamond Law Offices, a firm that specializes in Personal Injury litigation. Under his leadership, Diamond and Diamond expanded to 18 offices across Canada and became a leader in their field with an unmatched reputation.
David is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Insurance Management Institute, and the Ontario Brain Injuries Association. He is an active member is his community and is involved with many philanthropic causes. He is currently the president of Chai Lifeline Canada, an organization that provides programs to children who have serious and terminal illnesses. David serves on the board of United Chesed of Toronto, which provides community services to the impoverished. He also is a support and fundraising volunteer to children with learning disabilities.
Lars Janson is a strategic executive leader with more than 30 years of experience concentrated in the medical/dental device industry. Mr. Janson currently serves as Managing Director of Delta G Ventures LLC, a management consulting firm focused on supporting early stage and growth focused medical/dental companies. Among his multiple assignments at the present time, Lars serves as President of Southern Implants North America (SINA), a subsidiary for Southern Implants, Pty, an innovative company in the dental implant market. Lars has previously worked for BIOMET 3i, also in the dental implant field, in several executive commercial capacities throughout the globe and for Johnson & Johnson in several international management roles in the cardiovascular sector. Lars received an MBA from the University of Miami concentrated in international marketing and finance.
DR. JAMES TAYLOR
Dr. Taylor earned his dental degree from the University of British Columbia. He obtained a postgraduate degree in prosthodontics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and completed his MA at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.
Dr. Taylor served a full career in the Royal Canadian Dental Corps, culminating in his appointments as Honorary Dental Surgeon to the Queen and as Canadian Armed Forces Chief Dental Officer. Throughout his military career, Dr. Taylor maintained a clinical prosthodontic practice. Following his retirement from the military, Dr. Taylor was appointed as the Chief Dental Officer of Canada in the federal Ministry of Health, the position in which he currently serves. He maintains active licensure as a Specialist in Prosthodontics in Canadian and US jurisdictions.
Concurrently, in the civilian professional community, Dr. Taylor has held appointments as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Prosthodontics at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry in Halifax, NS, and as a Member of both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Dalhousie Institute for Research in Materials. Dr. Taylor is a Past President of both the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the Academy of Prosthodontics and is currently serving as past president of the Academy of Osseointegration and is a board member of their Foundation. He also currently serves as the Secretary of the FDI World Dental Federation Section of CDOs & Dental Public Health, as a member of the steering committee for the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research, and as a member of the Standards Council of Canada delegation to the ISO Technical Committee.
Ettore Palmeri, MBA, AGDM, B.Ed., BA, is the President of Palmeri Media Group, the largest dental media provider in Canada. PMG offers expertise in print, digital and event solutions to the dental industry, not only in Canada but also in Europe. Ettore was born in Italy and taught at a high school in Mississauga. He then went on to teach at the English Language Institute at York University, where he was Head-Master for five years before embracing the publishing world on a full-time basis.
Ettore is also an enthusiastic motivational speaker.