Chief Executive Officer
Steven Shulman serves as the CEO of United Israel Appeal Canada (UIAC). He is the professional leader of the organization, responsible for ensuring stewardship and direction and control of charitable funds raised by Canadian Jewish federations and smaller Canadian Jewish communities, for charitable works in Israel and elsewhere overseas. Steven is focused on ensuring that the Canadian Jewish federation system can make the greatest impacts possible through charitable works in Israel and overseas, as well as helping to ensure an effective and cooperative national Jewish communal system.
Steven is responsible to and works with UIAC’s board and committees. He also enhances relations with Israeli and other overseas philanthropic organizations including the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and many others. Steven does so in partnership with federation system and other communal professional and volunteer leadership across Canada.
Immediately prior to serving in his current role, Steven was Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Community Relations and Counsel, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. His responsibilities included working with professional leadership on construction, properties, and legal, as well as relationships with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), UIAC, and Jewish community centres. Steven also had direct responsibility for the Board and governance and nominations. Steven was the professional lead on various key efforts, including UJA’s 2021 strategic planning process; launching UJA Community Security; and serving as an effective spokesperson in response to several crises in Toronto and the Jewish world – to name just a few.
Steven began at UJA Federation as Campaign Director and Counsel for United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto for 10 years. His first Annual Campaign was during the economic meltdown of 2008. Steven’s leadership was instrumental in ensuring recovery and, then, campaign growth during his last six consecutive years at the helm. Many strategies and initiatives launched under Steven’s direction have helped pave the way for further fundraising growth to this day. This includes targeted supplementary gifts (TSGs), UJA’s Global Seder, and serving as the professional lead on the fundraising section of UJA’s 2015 strategic plan.
Steven also served as Ontario Regional Director and National General Counsel for Canadian Jewish Congress between 2005 and 2007, as well as National Associate Director, Community Relations and Assistant Counsel for the organization between 1993 – 1997. In those roles Steven advanced the advocacy and public affairs interests of Canadian Jewish federations and the national Jewish community in a broad range of areas including countering antisemitism and all forms of racism, and enhancing relations with the broader society.
Steven was also in private legal practice for 11 years. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, a member of the Law Society of Ontario and admitted to the New York Bar as an Attorney and Counselor at Law.