Executive Director

Phil David

Phil is excited to jump into his newly defined role after spending the past 3 summers running the summer camp in which he grew up.  In his new role, Phil’s focus will shift to include key opportunities like fundraising, alumni engagement, rentals and the 75th Anniversary celebrations, while ensuring the Kadimah brand continues to be associated with excellence in Jewish summer camping. 

Phil was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and began attending Kadimah as a Gibbie in 1973. He spent eight summers as a camper, after which he attended Biluim Canada and Biluim Israel. He was then on Kadimah’s staff for 6 more summers during university and, among other roles, held the positions of Section Head, Rosh Machar and Assistant Director.

Banquet 1987

Circa 1987 (I’m the guy on the left)

Phil received his BSc ’87 and MBA ’89 from Dalhousie University and then made his way to Toronto, spending 25 years in the corporate sector working primarily in marketing roles for companies such as Wrigley’s, Schick, Mars and Cara Restaurants before shifting to a senior operations role at Toronto Pearson Airport prior to his move to Kadimah. 

Phil is a sports enthusiast with a love for hockey, particularly coaching, which he has proudly done for 20+ years all the way from Select to AAA, Junior A and professionally overseas.  His most rewarding experience was coaching the Israeli Under 18 national hockey team and listening to Hatikvah play at the Canada Center in Metulla (before getting whooped by Team Canada!).

Phil currently resides in Toronto and is overjoyed to be part of the Kadimah family. He looks forward to continuing to connect with the vast network of Kadimah alumni around the globe while building new and exciting business opportunities for our camp. Phil can be reached by email at: phil@campkadimah.com.