Frank Dimant

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Frank Dimant (born 1945/1946)[1] is the CEO of Christians United for Israel Canada, and was appointed to the position in January 2015.[2][3] He is also, since 2015, dean of Modern Israel Studies Department at Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies[3] where he has been chair of the department since 2008.[2] Dimant is the former Executive Vice President of B'nai Brith Canada and was also CEO of the organization’s Institute for International Affairs and the League for Human Rights. He was the founding publisher of Jewish Tribune and remained publisher until September 2014.[1][4]

Background[edit]

Originally from Montreal, Dimant was educated at Yeshiva University and at McGill University's Graduate School of Sociology. He describes himself as a "disciple of the teachings of Zev Jabotinsky".[5]

B'nai Brith[edit]

Dimant retired from B'nai Brith Canada after a tenure of 36 years in September 2014 and was replaced by Michael Mostyn.[6][5]

In 2014, Diamant told the Canadian Jewish News he planned to nominate Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the Nobel Peace Prize for the his "moral leadership in the world… especially when it comes to standing up to radical Islamist terrorism." Diamant's announcement sparked a petition to the Nobel adjudication committee to protest the proposed nomination, stating it "would be a disgrace and insult to [the] prestigious award." In January of that year, Dimant and other Jewish leaders had accompanied the prime minister on his first trip to Israel, at which time Dimant praised Harper’s "unparalleled" support for the Jewish state.[7]

On July 8, 2015, the Toronto Star reported that Dimant has demanded an annual retirement payout of $175,000, representing 75% of his former salary, which the B'nai Brith believes is too lucrative and will require the struggling charity to direct fundraising dollars to pay for Dimant's pension. Dimant has stated that the payout was approved by the organization's board, however, the Star cites an unnamed source as stating that the deal was arranged with little oversight while Dimant was still in charge. In the year following Dimant's retirement, B'nai Brith Canada put its "state of the art" care facility for Alzheimer's patients under insolvency protection while also trying to sell it. The project, initiated and led by Dimant, is a $16 million facility opened in 2013 but that been unable to attract enough patients, due to high fees for patients of $7,500 a month and the fact that it was not designed to be wheelchair accessible; the facility is losing $50,000 a month and owes $11 million to creditors.[8]

The Toronto Star article also claimed that other issues left by Dimant's former management of B'nai Brith are a lack of records, failure to always issue charitable tax receipts and poor corporate governance, with approximately 50 people who had believed they were on various boards of B'nai Brith organizations learning that this is not the case, as Dimant's management had failed to file the correct paperwork with government agencies.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Veteran B'nai Brith Canada chief Frank Dimant to retire". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "A Word from the Dean". Canada Christian College. Canada Christian College. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "New CEO of CUFI Canada, Dr. Frank Dimant, Welcomed by Pastor John Hagee". Canada Free Press. January 26, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ B'nai Brith Canada biography of Frank Dimant
  5. ^ a b "B'nai Brith CEO to step down". Jewish Tribune. June 25, 2014. June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.cjnews.com/canada/new-ceo-hopes-rejuvenate-b%E2%80%99nai-brith
  7. ^ Shupac, Jodie (9 September 2014). "Dimant's nomination of Harper for Nobel draws backlash". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Donovan, Kevin (8 July 2015). "State of the art Alzheimer's facility in Toronto lacks money, patients". Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 July 2015.