OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITEE
Eddie Wiltzer, Chair of the Executive Committee
Eddie Wiltzer chairs Chabad Lifeline's Executive Committee.
Eddie is a passionate philanthropist who has been involved with Chabad Lifeline since 2010. He has chaired the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, Federation CJA Campaign, and the Combined Jewish Appeal. He has been President of Congregation Beth Tikvah, and won the prestigious 2019 Samuel Bronfman Medal, awarded by Federation CJA to one person in Montreal in recognition of his or her service to the community. The medal honours extraordinary service and leadership to the Jewish community over a long period of time.
Eddie has enabled Chabad Lifeline to save tens of thousands through his incredible leadership.
Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger
Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger has a university degree from Concordia and rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical College of America.
Rabbi Bresinger has served as a pastoral counsellor for people with addiction since 1994.
Since 2007, Rabbi Bresinger has served as Director of Chabad Lifeline, quadrupling its staff, expanding its addiction services, and bringing the organization into schools and camps across Quebec.
Denis Coderre PC
Denis Coderre PC is a renowned politician and philanthropist. He has served as a Member of Parliament from 1997-2013 and the Mayor of Montreal from 2013-2017. He was also the Canadian Minister of Immigration from 2002-2003 and President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada from 2003-2004.
Since 2018, he has been an administrator of Eurostar and special advisor for the FIA.
Coderre has won both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Medal.
Coderre has been an outstanding ambassador for Chabad Lifeline, bringing awareness about our lifesaving work to many people and organizations across Quebec. Thanks to his advice, guidance, and connections, Chabad Lifeline has been able to reach so many affected by addiction.
Mr. Dermer spent 45 years at Lapointe, Rosenstein, Marchand, Melancon LLP, initially heading the Litigation Practice Group, later serving as Managing Partner, and currently acting as counsel to the firm. He was Chairman of the Board of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation from 2013-2016 and President of the Board of Governors of the Jewish General Hospital from 2016-2019.
Dermer was introduced to Chabad Lifeline by Eddie & Heleena Wiltzer, and following a visit and meeting with Director Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger and members of the Executive Committee, opted to join the Committee. He has been an excellent guide, providing legal as well as practical advice that has helped Chabad Lifeline grow exponentially.
He is an invaluable member of our Executive Committee.
Karen Dubrofsky is a successful author, fundraiser, and philanthropist.
She spent a year researching and compiling original recipes across Canada for her bestselling book "Cooking with Canada's Best: Signature Recipes from our Finest Chefs." Through its sales, she raised over a million dollars for cancer research and treatment.
Karen is passionate about Chabad Lifeline's lifesaving work and a contributor to the success of Chabad Lifeline's annual film screening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Rabbi Ronnie Fine
Rabbi Ronnie Fine Founded Chabad Lifeline in 1989 and currently serves as our Executive Director.
Rabbi Fine also operates Chabad Zichron Kedoshim, a Jewish outreach and education centre that holds daily services, and is part of the worldwide network JLI-Jewish Learning Institute.
Rabbi Fine plays an instrumental role in the agency's fundraising campaigns and the overall vision of the centre.
Michael Flinker co-Founded and was President of FLS Transportation Services Inc, a global company with 11 offices across North America, for 31 years.
He is a renowned philanthropist, serving as Board Member of the Mount Sinai Hospital, Solomon Schechter Academy, Israel Cancer Research Foundation, Camp Bnai Brith, Procure, and Cedar Cancer Foundation.
Flinker has been a tremendous support to Chabad Lifeline, particularly in raising awareness about our lifesaving work. He proposed and funded the implementation of three major projects that helped redefine who we are: digitizing Chabad Lifeline's database and intake process, our website, and Eden's Story: the movie.
Martin Goldenberg is the founder and Chairman of Omnitrans, a premier supply chain solutions provider with offices in Canada, the United States, and China.
Martin is a well known philanthropist and devoted supporter of Chabad Lifeline. His guidance and advice have helped us grow and save many lives.
Heleena Wiltzer is a Past President and active Board Member of Camp Bnai Brith and has served as a Board Member of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation. She has raised millions of dollars chairing events for organizations such as the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, the Jewish National Fund, Hope and Cope, and the Jewish General Hospital.
She is the recipient of the 2019 Allan Bronfman Distinguished Award.
Her philanthropic and volunteering spirit, her warmth and genuine care, has earned her the respect and admiration of staff, clients, and fellow donors.
Heleena is devoted and always availablke for Chabad Lifeline. She advocates for our clients and for us, and is the heart and soul of our organization. She guides many of our activities and inspires us to continue making the world a better place for everyone.
Stan Zack is co-founder of STS Systems Ltd, a multinational retail software company established in 1972 that had close to 1000 employees when it was sold in 2000.
He is also a respected philanthropist, who has supported organizations such as the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Herzl Clinic, Project Genesis, Yaldei Developmental Center, Segal Centre, Jewish Community Foundation, and the Cummings Foundation, to mention a few.
He is a recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Chamber of Commerce.
Stan's support of Chabad Lifeline goes far beyond finances. Stan serves as a counsel for anything related to personnel. His direct guidance has enabled Chabad Lifeline to grow into the organization it is today.