IFCJ Canada Board of Directors
David Berger served as Canadian Ambassador to Israel and was a Member of the House of Commons of Canada.
David is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (Immigration Section), the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, the Jewish Refugee Action Network, and an associate member of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
He represents clients in refugee claims, appeals to the Immigration Appeal Division, and judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Canada and the Quebec Superior Court.
David is also the former President of the Canadian Football League.
David speaks English, French and Spanish.
David Krieger is an experienced and successful entrepreneur and business leader recognized and respected insurance, rewards and employee benefits and communications executive.
David founded Kreiger and Associates, a benefits, retirement, and employee communications firm in 1988 and is currently a Senior Vice-President at A.J Gallagher supporting rewards & Communications across North America. David was Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the North York Harvest Food Bank and Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Centre for Employee Benefits at Humber College.
As President of The Fellowship, Yael Eckstein oversees all ministry programs and serves as the international spokesperson for the organization. Prior to her present duties, Yael served as Global Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, and Director of Program Development and Ministry Outreach. Based in Jerusalem, Yael is a published writer and respected social services professional.
Yael has partnered with other global organizations, appeared on national television, and visited with world leaders on issues of shared concern. She has served on a Religious Liberty Panel on Capitol Hill in May 2015 in Washington, D.C., discussing religious persecution in the Middle East. A native of Chicago and well-educated at both American and Israeli institutions including biblical studies at Torat Chesed Seminary in Israel, Jewish and sociology studies at Queens College in New York, and additional study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem Yael has been a Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher in the U.S.
With more than 30 years of international work experience, Mariana Baben brings a unique perspective and objective viewpoint to The Fellowship.
During her many years in the corporate environment she has accumulated a vast knowledgebase in the financial, administrative, and training business sectors.
As a Christian, her love for Israel and the Jewish people compelled her to become involved in Rabbi Eckstein's vision of being a bridge builder.
Mariana is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her family is her heart's total delight.
Peter Chung is executive chairman/CEO of Primacorp Ventures Inc. which is Canada’s largest independent provider of post-secondary education.
He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, and is a graduate of the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
More recently, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters as well as an honorary Doctorate in Education for his contribution to human welfare and education, respectively. He was appointed Canada's Honorary Consul to Paraguay from 2006 to 2011, and presently serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Vancouver, Canada. Peter is also president of the Vancouver Zion Mission Choir who recently welcomed and performed for new immigrants in Israel who arrived on a Fellowship Freedom Flight.
Hon. Stockwell Day
The Honourable Stockwell Day has served in senior government positions including President of the Treasury Board, Minister of International Trade, and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Stockwell was also Minister of Public Safety and member of the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning.
Chosen to lead the Canadian Alliance Party, Stockwell became Leader of the Official Opposition. Subsequently, he was appointed Foreign Affairs critic, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.
Stockwell Day now owns a consultancy business and is a Strategic Advisor to a national law firm. He also serves on a number of corporate boards and is Vice-Chair of the Canada China Business Council, and a ‘Distinguished Fellow’ at the Asia Pacific Foundation. He is a regular conference speaker and appears weekly on national television as a commentator and political analyst.
Hermann Gruenwald is a Holocaust survivor who was sent to Auschwitz as a child along with his family in 1944. During his incarceration, Hermann’s instinct for survival helped him live through three concentration camps.
In his biography, After Auschwitz, Hermann recounts his story not only as a witness to history but as a human determined to make his way in whatever situation he finds himself.
With his wife, also a Holocaust survivor, he immigrated to Canada in 1950 to rebuild his life in the Montreal garment trade. His budding business instincts quickly took over and the same toughness and determination that kept him alive in Europe served him equally well in Canada.
In 1959 he started Reliable Hosiery and helped introduce pantyhose to the Canadian market, liberating women from garter belts and seamed stockings. Reliable Hosiery manufactures socks from Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) to Roots Canada Ltd. and Walmart Canada Corp.
The fair trade label funds farmers in Africa, assists in the building of schools for their children, and the advancement of women is promoted through Cotton Women Clubs.
While Gruenwald's Holocaust experience is never far from his thoughts, his instinct to succeed is as much a part of his story as his survivor's tale.
Robin Van Etten
Robin Van Etten has over 25 years’ experience in direct response marketing and fundraising. She joined the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews, Inc. (US) in December 2017 as Vice President of Integrated Fundraising. In July of 2019, she was named the Interim CEO and currently holds the role of Global Chief Operating Officer of IFCJ US. She leads and manages the US headquarters, and she works with the President and other key leaders, including the Board of Directors, in setting organization-wide vision, and culture. Robin brings extensive experience gained at Save the Children as well as the private sector.