Alti Rodal is a historian, writer, former professor of Jewish history, and advisor to the Government of Canada. She is currently the Co-Director of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative. Born in Chernivtsi (Czernowitz) in western Ukraine, she received her early schooling in Israel, and was educated at McGill, Oxford and Hebrew universities in the fields of history, religion and literature. Her professional experience includes eight years of full-time teaching on aspects of medieval and modern Jewish history at universities in Montreal and Ottawa, and twenty-five years of senior advisory and management experience in government in Canada, including as Director of Research for the Commission of Inquiry on Nazi War Criminals in Canada. She is the author of numerous studies and reports for government, as well as on aspects of multiculturalism, intercommunal relations, and genealogical research. She has served on the National Executive Committee of Canadian Jewish Congress as Chairperson of CJC Archives, Vice-President of B’nai B’rith Canada, and Chairperson of the Ottawa Project against Hate and Racial Discrimination (a volunteer-driven, collaborative project involving the City of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa school-boards, academics and experts, and a wide range of community and faith leaders).