President & CEO
Steven Shulman is the President & CEO of Jewish Federations of Canada – United Israel Appeal (also known as JFC-UIA). He is the professional leader of the organization that has the unique focus of strengthening the engagement of all Canadian Jewish federations with Israel and the Jewish world. JFC-UIA and Steven are dedicated to strengthening the people to people connection between our federations and the people of Israel, as well as increasing charitable giving and our federations’ impact in Israel and the Jewish world. JFC-UIA and Steven are also focused on domestic Canadian concerns, particularly activities carried out by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, JFC-UIA’s advocacy agent.
Prior to his current role, Steven was Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Community Relations and Counsel, for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. He was the professional lead on key efforts, including UJA’s 2021 strategic planning process; launching UJA Community Security; and serving as an effective spokesperson responding to crises in Toronto and the Jewish world.
Steven began at Toronto’s Federation as Campaign Director and Counsel for a modern era record of a decade. His first Annual Campaign was during the economic meltdown of 2008. Steven’s leadership was instrumental in ensuring recovery and, then, campaign growth his last six consecutive years at the helm. He also led the fundraising strategic plan – a blueprint for continued growth in Toronto’s fundraising.
Early in his career, advocacy was front and centre. Steven 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 countering antisemitism and all forms of racism, and enhancing relations with the broader society.
Steven was in private legal practice for 11 years. He has a B.A. in Political Science from York University; is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School of York University; a member of the Law Society of Ontario and admitted to the New York Bar as an Attorney and Counselor at Law.