UPDATE: Event has been postponed to September 2017
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Vice President, Innovative Research Group
Senior Policy Advisor
Spencer Burger, JD., MBA
Articling, Stikeman Elliott LLP.
Moderated by Anna Press
Senior Policy Advisor
When: Tursday, June 22nd, 2017
(Registration begins 6pm, Event will start 6:30pm)
Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, U of T
569 Spadina Avenue
Limited space available !
Discussing: Identity, Policy, Politics
How does Canadian Jewish identity influence political engagement?
How should Canadian Jewry weigh foreign policy versus domestic considerations?
What is the relationship between the Jewish community and Canadian politics?
Tom Chervinsky is a Public Affairs, Communications and Market Research professional, with experience working on political campaigns, environmental causes, and within the Jewish community. In addition to his day job as a Vice President at Innovative Research Group, Tom chairs CIJA’s LGBTQ+ advisory committee and is a board member of Ve’ahavta: A Jewish Humanitarian Response to Poverty.
Shira Honig is a policy advisor, strategist, writer and speaker. She has volunteered on several political campaigns, including for Hillary for America in 2016 and for Liberal MP Adam Vaughan in 2015; has worked as a climate change advisor for Islands First and the Permanent Mission of the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations; and occasionally writes jokes and political satire. She currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario government and holds a Master’s degree in international policy from New York University.
Spencer Burger is a former Policy Advisor to previous federal Cabinet Minister James Moore and is a commentator on CTV’s True North Politics Panel. He recently completed a JD/MBA at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and will be articling at Stikeman Elliott LLP. He is passionate about Canadian and international political issues.
Anna Press is a senior policy advisor with the provincial government, who has also worked for the federal government and at universities. She has participated in anti-racism initiatives, from a research program in Germany and Poland on Holocaust education to creating a documentary about Jewish jokes. After graduating with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a B.Ed., she taught for two years in Turkey. This caused her to question identity, privilege, and learn more about ethnic conflict leading her to complete a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution. She currently resides in Toronto.