President & CEOBaycrest Foundation
Josh Cooper is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest Foundation. His 26 years of senior and executive management experience are coupled with a diverse entrepreneurial background in private business, not-for-profit, the charitable sector, public policy and electoral politics.
Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish National Fund of Canada (JNF), he successfully modernized and rebranded the century-old institution and achieved record-level fundraising. Prior to that role he was the Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC). He is a longtime volunteer with community organizations. Cooper is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the B’nai Brith/Betar Tagar-Ze’ev Jabotinsky National Award for Campus Activism.
Cooper has developed successful start-ups in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors with the establishment of Par Golf Camps in 1993 – the first junior golf summer camp in Canada and the largest provider of golf instruction of its kind. He successfully expanded the organization into adult golf camps and residential facility/resort management in Muskoka, Ontario. Under his leadership Profit magazine recognized Par Golf Camps as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.