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Two great institutions dedicated to studying and countering antisemitism join as one with a new captain at the helm

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L to R: Nicole Miller, Executive Director of FAST, Tony Comper, and Commissioner Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Canadian Human Rights Commissioner

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The amount of antisemitic instances in Canada in 2004 did not sit right with the late Elizabeth Comper. There were 857. She approached her husband, Tony Comper, and told him that it was up to them to do something about it. Tony was the Chief Executive officer of Bank of Montreal at the time, and though he stood at the helm of an incredibly large multi-national financial institution, he knew better than to question his wife on this. Elizabeth was a schoolteacher with a heart of gold.

It is worth noting that neither Elizabeth nor Tony Comper are Jewish. They saw the problem of antisemitism as an attack against Jews by non-Jews, and therefore a problem to be solved by non-Jews. “My late wife Elizabeth and I founded FAST (Fighting Antisemitism Together) in 2005 because we felt that it was important to build a coalition of non-Jewish business and community leaders to stand up and speak out against antisemitism,” said Tony Comper.

Tony gathered support from over 30 corporate leaders. Since its inception fifteen years ago, FAST has reached more than 4.4 million students in more than 22,000 schools through their award-winning programs for elementary and high school students, Choose Your Voice and Voices Into Action.

The Executive Director of FAST, Nicole Miller, has been a key part of creating and advancing programming that counters intolerance in all forms, geared to the youth of Canada.

At the beginning of August, it was announced that Tony Comper would step down from the role of CEO of FAST. “I thought, frankly, that it would burn out after maybe 18 months or two years,” he said. Little did he know the tremendous good that he would do for the world through the establishment and support of FAST.

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At 75 years old, Mr. Comper has decided to find a partner to take over the reins. He has plans to stay on in the role of adviser and has also promised to fund FAST for the next two years.

Dr. Catherine Chatterley (also not Jewish) seemed a natural choice as her organization, CISA, is already identified as a leading scholarly group in the field of antisemitism study.

Dr. Chatterley, who is based out of Winnipeg, is also the Founding Director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and is the Editor-in-Chief of Antisemitism Studies, a semi-annual publication providing a “forum for new scholarship on the millennial phenomenon of antisemitism, both its past and present manifestations”, published by Indiana University Press.

Tony and Elizabeth Comper

Dr. Chatterley has authored several texts on the subject of antisemitism, and has a new book forthcoming entitled The Antisemitic Mindset. She is also a speaker of renown, regularly speaking on the subject of antisemitism to international audiences.

It seems like a natural fit for these two organizations to join together in leadership, and in person.

Corey Margolese is the founder of JTeach.ca, a not-for-profit organization that offers training and resources in the dangers of antisemitism, Holocaust education, and in Judaic traditions, culture and religion. He is a public school teacher.

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