Joseph (“Joey”) Steiner, now retired, was a partner in the Litigation Department at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a major Canadian law firm with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and New York. Based in the firm’s Toronto office, his practice was in general commercial litigation with an emphasis on tax litigation.
Joey’s career in volunteer Jewish community service has primarily revolved around Jewish education. He is a member of the Board of Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto (and served as its president for four years in the early 1990s). He has also served as a board member of Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto. Joey is currently on the board of Prizmah: The Center for Jewish Day Schools, and was a member of the task force which negotiated the merger of five organizations to create Prizmah. Previously, Joey was on the board of Hillel of Greater Toronto (subsequently merged into Hillel Ontario), which, at the time, served three universities and several colleges in the Toronto area. He is an associate member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel and
has served as chair of its Budget and Finance Subcommittee for Education. Joey is currently a member of JAFI’s Budget Subcommittee and the Peoplehood in Israel Subcommittee. He serves on the board of the Canadian Friends of the Shalom Hartman Institute and on the consolidated board of that Institute, which is based in Jerusalem and New York. He has been Chair of the Board of Jewish Education in Toronto and chair of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Joey is currently a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the New Israel Fund of Canada.
Joey is married to Elaine Steiner, who was, for many years, a teacher at United Synagogue Day School (now Robbins Hebrew Academy), the Solomon Schechter school in Toronto.