Elie Wiesel, in memoriam

Nobel Peace Prize winner and BU Professor Emeritus Elie Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.

His more than forty books have won numerous awards, including the Prix Médicis for A Beggar in Jerusalem, the Prix Livre Inter for The Testament, and the Grand Prize for Literature from the City of Paris for The Fifth Son. He has written two volumes of memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea and And the Sea is Never Full, in addition to his accounts of the Holocaust. After the war, Wiesel had studied in Paris and later became a journalist in that city, yet he had remained silent about what he had endured in the death camps. During an interview with the French writer François Mauriac, Wiesel was persuaded to end that silence. He subsequently wrote La Nuit (Night), which has been translated into thirty languages and has sold millions of copies since its 1958 publication.

Since 1976, Wiesel has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at BU, where he also holds the title of University Professor. He is a member of the faculty in the Department of Philosophy as well as the Department of Religion.

Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella, Honourary Co-Chair

Justice Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Court.

She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in 1967 and an LL.B. in 1970. In 1964 she graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972 and practiced civil and criminal litigation until 1976 when she was appointed to the Ontario Family Court at the age of 29, the youngest and first pregnant person appointed to the judiciary in Canada. She was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1992.

She has written over 90 articles and written or co-edited four books. She was made a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 1989, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. She has given, among others, the Harlan Lecture at Princeton, the Ryan Lecture at Georgetown, the Winchester Lecture at Oxford, the Anderson Lecture at Yale, and was the Bullock Chair at the Hebrew University, the Mackenzie King Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard, the Floersheimer Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Cardozo, a Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the University of Toronto Law School, and Bright International Jurist in Residence at the University of Hawaii School of Law.

She was a judge of the Giller Literary Prize; Chair of the Rhodes Selection Committee for Ontario; director of the Institute for Research on Public Policy; moderator of the English Language Leaders’ Debate in 1988; a member of the Canadian Judicial Council’s Inquiry on Donald Marshall, Jr.; Program Chair of the Governor General’s Canadian Study Conference; Chief Rapporteur in Halifax and Co-Chair in Vancouver of the 1992 Renewal of Canada Conferences; Trustee of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada; Governor of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University; and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute.

Justice Abella was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario); the International Justice Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation; the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews; the Honourable Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award; and the Bora Laskin Award for Distinguished Service in Labour Law.  She has 35 honourary degrees.

Jay Rosenzweig

Jay Rosenzweig, the founding partner of Rosenzweig & Company, is an expert in designing, building and attracting world class executive teams. He consults to public and private companies including large global corporations; emerging growth to mid-sized businesses; professional services firms; and private equity and venture capital firms. Jay, a lawyer by background, earned three degrees at McGill University: Philosophy, Civil Law, and Common Law.  In addition, he completed Roger Fisher’s Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School. 

Jay advises several leading edge businesses, most of them based in California, New York, or Ontario, including: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the next quantum step in mobility: sustainable, safe and super-fast transportation for all humans and all parts of the world; Turnstile Live, a single, unified technology platform for all live events; Hooch, the first ever members-only cocktail app; Winston House, a global community of young creators sharing a passion for people, music, art, sports, travel, brands, and activism; Ignited Network, a start-up music accelerator; Logit Sport, a high performance technology for athletes; Drop, the leading millennial coalition loyalty program; Limelight, a business that improves ROI for brands that do live marketing, by driving better customer engagements, higher sales and lower costs; and GEC Risk Advisory, which equips clients with customized governance, risk, ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility strategies and tactics that enhance performance.

Jay is active in many social causes. He is on the Board of One Young World 2016, the premier global forum for young leaders under 30. He is on the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Cabinet. He is on the Board of CJPAC, where he Chairs Fundraising. He is on the Board of UJA Genesis Centre For Innovation, where he focuses on nurturing emerging initiatives, providing career mentorship, and supporting innovation.


Hon. Louise Otis

Louise Otis works as a civil and commercial mediator and arbitrator at the Canadian and international levels. She is also Adjunct Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law. She is a distinguished fellow of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM).

She is President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She is also President of the Appeal Court at the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF). She is a member of the Administrative Tribunal of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

She is a retired Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal where she spearheaded the introduction of judicial mediation. She participated in over 3000 judgments in civil, commercial and criminal law. She has conducted over 700 mediation sessions in commercial and civil law.

Louise Otis regularly participates in international governance and justice reform missions with the United Nations (UN), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) member of the World Bank Group (WB). Louise Otis was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to a 5-member Panel of independent international experts in charge of redesigning the United Nations system of administration of Justice. She has created a system of transitional justice for countries affected by armed conflicts and/or environmental disasters.

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Hon. Joseph R. Nuss

The Honourable Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C., is a former Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal. He joined Woods LLP, as Senior Counsel, in December 2009 following his retirement from the Court. In addition to giving advice as senior counsel, he concentrates his practice in the fields of domestic and international arbitration and mediation.

Prior to his appointment as a judge, he was a lawyer specializing in litigation, who appeared as counsel, in various areas of the law, before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, all the Courts of Quebec as well as before administrative tribunals. He was counsel before a number of Federal Commissions of Inquiry. As a judge, he also acted as mediator within the framework of the system of mediation established in the Quebec Court of Appeal. He is a lecturer on mediation at national and international conferences. 


Charmaine Lyn

Charmaine is responsible for leading the Office of Community Engagement in its mandate to support and promote community-engaged scholarship, community-based research and community-engaged learning at Concordia. Charmaine is an experienced university administrator, having led admissions and recruitment for two professional programs at McGill University. As a first-generation university attendee and a lawyer by training, Charmaine has a particular interest in dismantling unnecessary barriers to higher education for marginalized populations.

She holds a BA in English Literature and a BCL (civil law) and LLB (common law) from McGill University. When not at work, Charmaine is an active member of the boards of a Montreal-based dance company and an international human rights organization.

Bruce Kent

A graduate of Yale University in 1983, Bruce Kent is a Portfolio Manager, Vice President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities, where he leads the largest discretionary portfolio management group for the firm across Canada, with over $2 billion in assets under management.

Bruce Kent has consistently won the coveted “Tony Fell Award”, created in honour of the legendary former Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities. This award recognizes the top portfolio manager among the firm’s nearly 1500 investment advisors and portfolio managers across the country. In 2013, Bruce won the Conseiller émérite award given by "Finance et Investissement". 

Bruce Kent has managed wealth for high net worth Canadian families and businesses for more than 30 years, providing top quality discretionary investment management and comprehensive wealth management services.

Bio forthcoming: Judith Abitan, Ariela Cotler, Gordon Echenberg,  
                                   Stan Hitzig, Howard Liebman,