Mitch Garber named Combined Jewish Appeal Chairman

Federation CJA President David Amiel has announced that the Chair of the 2020 Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign will be Mitch Garber – a visionary business power broker and community leader in Canada and Israel. He is internationally respected for his success in both business and philanthropy.

Lawyer Cookie Lazarus, businessman David Baazov and Garber.

What a development! Garber has gone from your average young man in the neighbourhood who required tuition assistance at Jewish day school to become a self-made multimillionaire. And during all of this time, he remains the same down to earth human being who treats everyone the same.

Garber is well known as the first ever Anglophone judge on Dans L’oeil Du Dragon. As an executive, he was the CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and Caesars Acquisition Co., and the architect of the multi billion dollar sale of   Israeli Mobile games company Playtika, to a Chinese consortium including Jack Ma. He is currently the Chairman of Cirque Du Soleil and Chairman of Invest In Canada (Investment Canada), the Canadian government agency responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment (FDI) into Canada. He is also a minority owner of the NHL team recently awarded to Seattle. Soon he and Stephen Bronfman will bring the Expos back to town.

Garber and his wife, Anne-Marie Boucher, commit a considerable amount of their time and money to philanthropy, notably in Montreal and Israel. Mitch is a patron and contributor to the Weizmann Institute and Anne-Marie serves on the International Board; he is a patron of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation; and he and Anne-Marie are patrons of CIJA and have helped organize missions for non-Jewish business and political leaders to visit, learn about, and experience Israel. Mitch co-chaired Montreal’s 2016 $55 million Centraide campaign, and established The Garber Family Post Doctorate Fellowship in Hereditary Cancer at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, in addition to several other charitable involvements. Their son Dylan is currently a Lone Soldier serving in the Cyber Defense Unit of the Israel Defense Forces.

“We are so excited that Mitch – who has been a significant supporter of our community throughout his impressive career – has agreed to take on this leadership role for Federation CJA,” said Amiel. ” I have no doubt that his enthusiasm, intelligence and generosity will be a huge asset to our 2020 Campaign”

-Mike Cohen

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