Two Presidents Meet-BGU President Professor Rivka Carmi welcomes incoming CABGU Montreal President Robert Elman at a ‘full house!’
On Tuesday, September 4th, more than 50 guests attended a cocktail at a private home in Westmount to meet world renowned Pediatric Geneticist, Professor Rivka Carmi, MD –the first female President of Ben-Gurion University. She was in Montreal to both talk to BGU supporters and to welcome incoming Montreal President Robert Elman.
Dr. Toby Morantz, who had been the President of CABGU – Montreal Region from 2009 – 2012 was presented with an oil lamp dating from the Iron Age period that had been excavated from an archaeological site near the BGU campus. Her outstanding and dedicated service was acknowledged with this presentation.
Incoming Montreal President, Robert Elman is a Senior Investment Executive at Scotia McLeod and sits on the Board of Directors for Promatek Industries, a company that produces plastic engineered products. He was also a Contributing Editor for the Metropolitan newspaper, the first bilingual newspaper in Quebec since 1842, that was launched on May 1, 2008. Robert had, for many years, been a member of the board of Directors of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Guests included members of the Regional and National Boards, former Presidents- Fran and Reuben Croll, Gordon Echenberg, Janis Levine, Gerry Feifer, Miriam Roland, outgoing President Dr. Toby Morantz, National Executive Vice-President - Mark Mendelson, Honourary President, Ben Sperer as well as new board members, Dr. Esther Benezra, Jack Kivenko and Larry Nachshen.
Joel Lion, Consul General of Israel to Eastern Canada, also in attendance, addressed the guests and offered his personal accolades for the accomplishments of Ben-Gurion University and its importance to Israel.
Also on hand were staff reporters from The Canadian Jewish News and the National Jewish Post.
Professor Carmi spoke about exciting new developments in research taking place at Ben-Gurion University, emphasizing the importance the global impact of this work being done in the Negev. She also expressed gratitude for the longstanding support of the Canadian Associates office, reaffirming the necessity for strong leadership as we look to the future for further growth.