Mike Fegelman, Executive Director
A seventeen-year veteran of the Canadian journalism industry, Mike is the Editor-in-Chief of HRC and is responsible for the day to day running of the organization, its financial management and project development. Mike’s focus is on delivering efficiency and professionalism as HRC moves into new technological and geographical spheres that include the expansion of our media monitoring services to French Canada with the launch of our Montreal office.
Mike was a former editor-in-chief, reporter, and anchor of various news programs and publications. A graduate of Carleton University’s renowned journalism program, Mike specialized in broadcasting and international reporting.
Mike brings a marketing savvy to HRC having been a project manager for the market research firm Canmark Technologies for over six years.
Mike has testified before parliamentary committees and has given testimony to the Standing Senate Committee for Transport and Communications to express HRC’s concerns about the CBC’s reporting of Israel and the Middle East. Mike’s opinions and views are widely sought out for by Canada’s media and political elite. Mike’s work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, La Presse, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and many more. Mike is a columnist for Huffington Post Canada and the Times of Israel.
In 2013, Shalom Life listed Mike as one of their Top 20 Under 40 due to his dedication and significant contributions to Israel advocacy.
Mike is also the immediate past President of the Village Shul and Aish Hatorah Learning Centre.
Rick Firth, Digital Director
Rick is a strategic, versatile communications professional with more than 10 years of experience delivering high-impact communication and media support.
Rick is a former on-air host, and international TV Producer who has a Bachelor’s degree from Ryerson University in Radio & Television Arts, a secondary Bachelor’s in Jewish Studies from York University, and a Masters degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph.
Rick is responsible for the delivery of all digital content, including social media coordination and initiatives, video production, graphic design, web development, and much more.
Noah Lewis, Research Analyst
A graduate of Tanenbaum CHAT and the University of Western Ontario, Noah went on to study international studies and diplomacy at SOAS, University of London in the United Kingdom. Noah is currently a law student at the University of Windsor in the dual Canadian and American JD program. Previously, Noah was an education coordinator at the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and a summer student at a boutique law firm.
As a research analyst at HRC, Noah helps to conduct research on various topics relating to Israel and Arab-Israeli conflict, with a focus on antisemitism and international law. Noah also composes rebuttals to erroneous pieces in Canadian media and has had his op-eds published in the Hill Times, the Times of Israel, the Penticton Herald and more. Noah is a columnist for the Times of Israel.
In 2018, the University of Western Ontario awarded Noah the Stephen Kaganov Award in Jewish Studies in recognition of his academic achievements in Jewish Studies.
Robert Walker, Marketing and Community Relations Associate
Robert Walker is a marketing and community relations associate for HonestReporting Canada.
Previously, he served as Executive Director for Hasbara Fellowships Canada, a leading pro-Israel student educational organization. He has also led communications strategy for Israel’s embassy in Ottawa, and has spoken to pro-Israel audiences throughout North America. He oversees community Israel education for HonestReporting Canada.
Jade Levitt, Quebec Region Director
Born and raised in Montreal, after graduating from Concordia University, Jade moved to Israel and began an internship with the Israeli NGO: World Herut/World Magshimey Herut as the Marketing Director and Internship Coordinator. Upon completion of the internship, Jade returned to Montreal and launched Herut Canada. Today, Herut Canada has spread across 4 provinces, and continues to grow. Jade has retained her position as Chairwoman of the Board.
Feeling the need to pursue her passion for journalism, in 2018 Jade began writing for the Suburban Montreal, which led her back to Israel, through obtaining the position of Director of Political and Public Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Jade served in her role for two years as Israel’s official watchdog for Quebec media, before joining the Honest Reporting Team.
A fervent supporter of Israel, Jade brings her professional experience and passion for Israel advocacy to the HRC team.
Ysabella Hazan, Associate Director, Quebec Region
At 19 years old, Ysabella Hazan, entered her first year of law school at UofO. As a full time student Ysabella has worked at the Israeli consulate in public affairs and diplomacy in addition to being awarded merit scholarship and deans list this semester.
Ysabella is well versed in Middle East conflict resolution and people diplomacy. Ysabella, founded H4H, a youth grassroots movement where, through her work as a proud Zionist (even being recognized as Canada’s top 13 advocates), she promotes decolonizing Jewish identity and inter-community bridge building.
Ysabella has channeled her passion for empowering her community by co-founding and chairing both CIJA-Hillel’s and CIJPAC links student fellowships. She has been awarded the 2019 distinguished leadership award for being a leader young leader in the Montreal Jewish community. Ysabella is a proactive member of her community and is often engaged impact driven work as she interned at Inerjys, a clean tech Venture capital firm, where she added to her experience in writing, business, negotiations, sustainability, outreach law and patents. Ysabella is looking forward to bringing her experience, knowledge and interest for media accuracy and Israel as new addition to the HonestReporting team.”