Bernie M. Farber to retire as executive director
Dr. Pamela Divinsky named as successor
The Mosaic Institute announces the retirement of Bernie Farber. “Bernie has brought his dynamism and understanding of diverse communities together to the Mosaic Institute during his tenure as Executive Director,” said Vahan Kololian Chair of the Board. “We will miss him but understand and respect his desire to move to the next stage of his life. We are very pleased that he has agreed to remain part of our family as a member of our Advisory Council” Kololian concluded.
Bernie has had a long and successful career, starting as a social worker in Ottawa, and moving into leadership roles of various human and civil rights organizations. These roles included being CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 2005 to 2011. Bernie then went on to the leadership of the Paloma Foundation addressing social issues of the homeless in Toronto.
Bernie joined the Mosaic team in 2015 where he has helped guide the organization, raising its profile, and bringing his considerable expertise in helping to engage Canada’s diverse communities within the Mosaic family.
Under his tenure Mosaic continued its seminal work on university campuses through its University of Mosaic initiatives funded by BMO as well as its award winning Next Generation High school global citizenship program funded through the RBC Foundation.
During his two years at the helm, Bernie established the “Mosaic in Conversation” series that brought together hundreds of individuals to discuss issues from First Nations reconciliation to the dangers of racism and xenophobia in a new world order. He helped steer Mosaic Institute’s signature fundraising event, its “Peace Patron Dinner” to one of the most highly anticipated occasions of the spring, ensuring unprecedented sold-out crowds over the last two years, while recognizing outstanding Canadians who exemplify the values of the Institute.
As Bernie steps down, the Mosaic Institute welcomes Dr. Pamela Divinsky as its new Executive Director. Pamela and Bernie have commenced the transition process. Pamela’s official commencement date is October 1.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Pamela has been the lead partner of The Divinsky Group which develops and implements strategies for corporations and NGOs that achieve organizational results and positive social impact.
Prior to creating The Divinsky Group, Pamela established and ran the corporate responsibility division of JWT, the global ad agency: based in Toronto, Pamela worked internationally for JWT, from their New York and London offices. Pamela commenced her professional consulting career at KPMG, as part of the team that created the Health Care and Life Sciences Practice. Prior to entering the business world Pamela was a Professor of Economics and History at The University of Toronto, and Queen’s University.
Pamela earned her PhD in Economics and History from The University of Chicago.
Pamela has been responsible for developing initiatives that have combated child poverty, created policy change on numerous health and social issues sparking local community activism.
“Pamela brings a new and exciting skill set to the Mosaic Institute,” noted Chair Vahan Kololian. “Her years of experience in both the business and social service sector will bring an added and necessary dimension to our work. Her commitment to a progressive social value system complimented by her academic and corporate acumen is embraced by the Mosaic Institute as we move forward. We heartily welcome Pamela as our New Executive Director.”
The Mosaic Institute is a ‘think and do’ tank, based in Toronto, which aims to break down racism through dialogue and social action.