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Fighting Antisemitism Together

2004 was the worst year in more than half a century for antisemitic activity in Canada, with 857 reported incidents. Tony Comper, former CEO and President of BMO Financial Group, and his wife Elizabeth decided to act. They believed that the crisis was one for non-Jews in the community to solve, and that education was the solution.

Established with a coalition of non-Jewish business leaders in 2005, FAST is dedicated to speaking out against all intolerance, with antisemitism as a specific manifestation of it.

In 2005, FAST launched its first education program, Choose Your Voice, geared towards middle school children. Developed with the Canadian Jewish Congress and educators, and evaluated to meet the curriculum requirements of each province, the program has reached more than 2.4 million students in every province and territory.

Ten years later, FAST launched a second education resource, Voices into Action, to teach high school students about the importance of social justice and taking action. Since then, interest in the program has grown, with educators at a broad range of community groups, including religious organizations, correctional institutions and New Canadian support groups, signing on to help adults recognize intolerance and make a commitment to change.

FAST Co-founder Tony Comper

In 2015, Tony Comper sat down with Paul Bagnell of Business News Network’s The Street to talk about the inspiration for FAST and how it has evolved over the years.

Ad: “Why we must speak out”

“Why we must speak out”

FAST officially launched in 2005 with a full-page ad in the Globe and Mail. It included a statement of commitment and list of supporters – all prominent Canadian business and community leaders.

Elizabeth Comper

Remembering Elizabeth Comper

Elizabeth devoted her life to fighting for the causes she believed in.

FAST Founders

Elizabeth Comper

Tony Comper
Former President and CEO
BMO Financial Group

FAST Directors

Nancy Greco
Vice President & Secretary

Neil J. Conway
Timothy Elia

Joann Webb
Shelley Black

Nicole Miller
Executive Director


Original Supporters in 2005

A. Charles Baillie
Retired Chairman and CEO
TD Bank Financial Group
Chancellor
Queen’s University

Laurent Beaudoin
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Bombardier Inc.

John M. Cassaday
President and CEO
Corus Entertainment Inc.

Anne and John Clark

Ed Clark
President and CEO
TD Bank Financial Group

Lionel F. Conacher
President and CEO
Westwind Partners Inc.

Richard J. Currie
Chancellor
University of New Brunswick

Dominic D’Alessandro
President and CEO
Manulife Financial

Joan T. Dea
EVP, Head of Strategic Management
BMO Financial Group

André Desmarais
President & Co-Chief Executive Officer
Power Corporation of Canada

Thomas A. Di Giacomo
President
Tadico Ltd.

Ron Farmer
Managing Director
Mosaic Capital Partners

Dan Fortin
President
IBM Canada Ltd.

Robert J. Foster
President and CEO
Capital Canada Limited

Judy Galloway and
David A. Galloway

Chairman
BMO Financial Group

Peter C. Godsoe
Retired Chairman and CEO
Scotiabank Group

Scott M. Hand
Former Chairman and CEO
Inco Limited

E. Hunter Harrison
President and CEO
CN

Linda Haynes and Martin Connell
Haynes Connell Foundation

Timothy J. Hearn
Chairman, President and CEO
Imperial Oil Limited

John Hunkin
Former CEO
CIBC

Joseph Iannicelli
President and CEO
Standard Life

Aris Kaplanis
President and CEO
Teranet

Morris Klid
President
Cyberbahn Inc.

Daniel Labrecque
President and CEO
N M Rothschild & Sons Canada Limited

Trisha A. Langley
The Angelworks, Toronto

Kathryn E. Langley Hope
K E Hope Consultants, Toronto

Claude Lessard
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Cossette Communication Group

Libby MacAulay and J. Blair MacAulay
of Counsel,
Fraser Milner Casgrain and
Honorary Director
BMO Financial Group

Bill MacKinnon
CEO
KPMG LLP

Michael H. McCain
President and CEO
Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

C. Sanford McFarlane (1943-2006)
Vice-Chairman
Davis + Henderson

Mark R. McQueen
President and CEO
Wellington Financial LP

The Honourable Michael A. Meighen and Mrs. Kelly Meighen

Robert A. Milton
Chairman
Air Canada

Bruce H. Mitchell
President and CEO
Permian Industries Limited

Gordon M. Nixon
President and CEO
RBC Financial Group

Philip S. Orsino
Corporate Director

Rose M. Patten
Senior Executive Vice-President
Human Resources
BMO Financial Group

Courtney Pratt
Chairman
Stelco Inc.

Réal Raymond
President and CEO
National Bank

Glenn Rice
President
UPS Canada

Michael J. Sabia
President and CEO
Bell Canada Enterprises

Antoinette and Joseph Sorbara

Donald A. Stewart
CEO
Sun Life Financial

Marc P. Tellier
President & CEO
Yellow Pages Group

Rick Waugh
President and CEO
Scotiabank Group

W. Galen Weston
Chairman and President
George Weston Limited

Andrea R. Whiting
Vice-President and
H.R. Business Partner
BMO Financial Group

Torrance Wylie
Vice-Chairman
Global Public Affairs