Rubin Friedman has an extensive experience in dealing with issues of community, integration, prejudice and discrimination. Most recently, he was responsible for the Against Prejudice training program to address the biases and prejudices that can create difficulties for some newcomers in adapting to Canadian society both in terms of homeland attitudes of newcomers and of behaviours of those who serve them. He developed the training, materials, videos, exercises power point presentations and booklets supporting these efforts as well as directing teams in Ottawa and Toronto in the delivery of sessions across Ontario. He has previously developed delivered anti-hate workshops to over 3,000 people across Canada including police, teachers, students, union members, Canadian Human Rights Commission staff, public servants, and specific groups from the Muslim, Jewish, Aboriginal and Somali communities and was consulted as an expert by both police and communities.
He has held senior positions in National Jewish community organizations where he was a representative at the UNCHR annual meeting in Geneva as well as a member of the Canadian delegation to ODHIR, the official Human Rights NGO for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was also Senior Director of Planning for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. In his 23 year career in the federal government he was Executive Director of Japanese Canadian Redress, Director of Community Support and Participation and Head of French and English test development for the Public Service; he dealt with Human Rights, multiculturalism, Official Languages, community development and integration of minorities.
He has also had a long career as a writer, communicator and educator starting as a Speech Pathologist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, teaching at all levels from elementary school to university and most recently teaching adults History and Yiddish at the Jewish Community Centre. He has written a number of documents as a consultant for various organizations on topics ranging from lobbying on justice issues to the quality of Jewish education in Ottawa. His articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers such as the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette as well as in the Jewish community press. His most recent book is Running for Their Lives and Fitting into Canada.
In his spare time, Rubin Friedman has been President of the National Capital Alliance on Race Relations, a member of the Community Police Action Committee and the Interfaith Committee for Restorative Justice, a director on the Board of the Multifaith Housing Committee and is a member of the Jewish-Christian dialogue of Ottawa. He has served as occasional host of the community television show, "Shalom Ottawa" and is a writer and performer in annual Yiddish productions.
Power of Words, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)
Café Canada: Delegate Briefing, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)