Professor Dr. Jim Torczyner, Founder and Academic Director

Jim Torczyner joined McGill University in 1973 after obtaining his D.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1975, he founded Project Genesis, a community-based grassroots organization that empowers people from diverse backgrounds to advocate for entitlements, to change social policy, and to develop alternative community organizations. In 1990, Professor Torczyner founded the Montreal Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy Training (MCHRAT) which extends multi-disciplinary expertise to groups that have traditionally lacked access and power such as the disabled, members of minority groups, and homeless youth. In 1994, Professor Torczyner refocused his attention primarily on the Middle East and founded The McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP), now ICAN, with a belief that the reduction of inequality and the promotion of civil society are intricately related to peace building. Read more about Professor Torczyner's work and research here

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Dr. Amal Elsana Alh'jooj, Executive Director 

Amal is one of the key shapers of public opinion regarding the status of the Arab minority and the status of women in Israel. In 2010, she was chosen by The Marker (Israeli business publication) as 1 of the 101 most influential people in Israel; was one of the women leaders recognized in 2005 by the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises for her contributions to economic empowerment programs for Bedouin Arab women. She has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the founding director of AJEEC - Arab Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation and co-director of NISPED - Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development. As a former graduate of the ICAN Fellowship Program, Amal has returned to McGill as the new Executive Director at ICAN. She recently received her PhD in Social Work from McGill University. For her doctoral work she explored the inherent tensions arising from combining service provision and advocacy in social service organizations within a context of indigenous minorities. 

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Hend Alqawasma, Office Clerk 



Hanya Omar 

Domenique Sherab


Advisory Board

Honorary Members

Sheila Goldbloom, C.M., C.Q., M.S.W., Associate Professor of Social Work (McGill University - Retired)
The Honourable Herbert Marx, Superior Court Justice (retired), Former Quebec Justice Minister


  • Stephen Hecht (Chair)
  • David Auerbach
  • John Bingham
  • Brian Bronfman
  • Bernard Shapiro 
  • Steve Feinbloom
  • Kappy Flanders
  • Lillian Mauer
  • Soryl Rosenberg
  • Marijo Upshaw
  • Jonathan Goldbloom
  • Royal Orr 
  • Gail Auerbach 
  • Claudia Bierman 
  • Matthew Price-Gallagher 
  • Marisa Samek


Management Committee 

  • Eman Nimri, President of Al Waqa centre, Jordan
  • Bilal Salameh, Director of An-Najah Community Service Centre, Palestine
  • Dr. Sami Al-Kilani, Assistant President for Community Affairs of An-Najah National University, Palestine
  • Manar Nijem, General Director of JCAN Kufr Aqab Centre, Palestine
  • Dr. Merav Moshe Gordofsky, Academic Director of Sderot Social Rights Centre, Israel  
  • Ariel Dloomy, Co-Executive Director of AJEEC Nisped, Israel 
  • Kher Albaz, Co-Executive Director of AJEEC Nisped, Israel