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The Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program is a unique part of BGU`s Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management because it provides the skills needed to create and sustain not-for-profit NGO’s. The candidates selected for this program are not only excellent students but also passionate about tikkun olam, making the world a better place.

The five students who competed at this year`s John Molson MBA International Case Competition represent a wide range of interests but have one common goal - to use their knowledge, wisdom and energy to create social change. Just look at their CV`s to get a sense of the enormous potential they represent:

  • Hagar Yaacoby manages an organization that supports families with economic difficulties through psychological and financial guidance;
  • Oren Sarig is committed to improving services for Israel`s hearing-impaired population;
  • Osnat Glikstien has volunteered in LGBT causes, Seeds of Peace and Medical Clowns and currently manages the Negev Coexistence Forum;
  • Noa Cohen is a social worker dealing with young girls at risk and an activist in an organization building urban communities for young adults;
  • Alon Nissan is Director of the BGU Student Union`s International Affairs Office and head of the Social Involvement Department.

Combining their passions with the complexities of business management is a formidable task. Competing at the John Molson event has exposed our students to multiple challenges: getting to the heart of the cases they are presented with (multiple-page documents in English); developing a strategy to solve each case; creating a financial underpinning for this solution; providing graphics to illustrate their ideas; presenting to a panel of judges - in English - in a tightly-restricted time frame and, finally, answering the judges` questions. The competitors were assisted by Meital Magid, a veteran competitor and coach for the last several years.

Calling themselves Camel Consulting, the team competed in five cases against opponents from Porto Business School (Portugal), Haskeyne School of Business (University of Calgary), Memorial University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern California. They ended the week with a win and a total of 68 points and a tremendous amount of knowledge gained and confidence boosted.

For the ninth consecutive year, CABGU has provided funding to include BGU students in the John Molson Competition, as well as enthusiastic cheerleading, tours of Montreal, multiple meals and heartfelt moral support, and has showcased Israel at this prestigious event.

Thanks are due to the many, many people who made this endeavor possible!

 


Changing of the Guard

Professor Daniel Chamovitz will assume the presidency of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on January 1, 2019, replacing outgoing Ben-Gurion University President Prof. Rivka Carmi, who will step down following 12 years as head of the University. Chamovitz will become BGU's 7th President.

Prof. Chamovitz, a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, studied at both Columbia University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received his Ph.D. in Genetics. Most recently, he served as Dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, where he was awarded the prestigious Alon Fellowship for outstanding young researchers.

While at Tel Aviv University, Chamovitz founded its Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security. He has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards for several leading academic journals in his field. Prof. Chamovitz's critically-acclaimed “What a Plant Knows" (2012) has been translated into 18 languages.

“Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has a different mandate from any other university in Israel," Prof. Chamovitz says. “Of course, BGU must aim for research excellence – that is the essence of academia. At the same time, however, we must take care not to detract from our ability to impact the wider community, in Beer-Sheva and throughout the Negev region.

“We have a tremendous advantage: Our students. They certainly have keen eyes to identify the human and environmental capital that give this region so much potential, and I'm looking forward to working together with them to maximize it.

Prof. Chamovitz stresses that Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is uniquely positioned to take a leading role on the national and international stage to become a global university with a local impact.

“For a long time, the University has offered a wide range of academic subjects in the exact sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities, as well as professional programs, and successfully attracted excellent researchers who choose to begin their academic careers here. Our modern campus, which will expand with the North Campus, as well as the Advanced Technologies Park, present opportunities for entrepreneurship and interaction with the private sector that we could only have dreamt about in the past.

“So we will strive for excellence in the three main areas that define BGU, and which are implied in the very name: Research, academia and social outreach," he said.


Montreal - 2019 Case Competitions

 

On Friday, February 22nd, the BGU Team participating in this year’s ENGCOMM, Concordia’s Engineering and Commerce Case Competition, completed their 3rd and final case, a 12-hour marathon.  Tomare Curran, Or Glass, Efrat Harari and Inbal Rimon represented Ben-Gurion University with pride and aplomb.  They competed against 15 other teams from Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East.  CABGU Montreal is a proud sponsor of this endeavour and we thank our donors for their continued support.


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Dr. ORNA BERRY AND YAEL BERRY-DAVID

Dr. Orna Berry, Israel’s Chief Scientist and Director of the Industrial Research and Development Administration (1996-2000) and most recently Vice-President, DELL-EMC Centres of Excellence and R&D, described in depth how Ben-Gurion University (BGU) has fueled the rapid growth of Israel’s Negev region. A nexus of outstanding faculty, highly-qualified students and motivated tech investors, BGU has become the backbone of progress in the South.

The facts are impressive – At Beer-sheva’s Advanced Technology Park, a venture that includes the most important names in cyber security, AI, datascience and machine learning, BGU graduates make up 60% of the current workforce. With the move of the Israel Defence Forces’ elite intelligence units into the Negev, BGU’s contributions will be more vital than ever – soldiers will be able to pursue their education while they serve and the University will provide invaluable expertise.

What are the underlying themes of this remarkable modern Zionism? According to Dr. Berry, Israel will gain its global market share through quality and collaboration.

Yael Berry-David, Orna Berry’s daughter, recounted how fourteen years ago, as a young mother new to Beer-sheva, she gradually noticed stirrings of cultural activity in the city. As she became involved in the art, music and theatre scene, she realized that participating in these areas made the prospect of remaining in Beer-sheva not only palatable but attractive. She has remained committed to nurturing culture in the region and is particularly proud that a play from Beer-sheva’s Fringe Festival was performed recently in Montreal.

To read more about this event, click here.


Ottawa - special screening: “Ben – Gurion, Epilogue”

On Wednesday, June 27, CABGU sponsored a special screening of the award-winning Israeli documentary “Ben-Gurion, Epilogue”. This intimate look at the life and times of one of Israel’s greatest leaders was made in close cooperation with the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism at BGU. Close to 100 people gathered at the Mayfair Theatre to enjoy this incredible film. Special thanks to Nathalie Stern, long-time supporter of BGU, for this wonderful initiative. We look forward to many more events in Ottawa.


Royal Bank invests $2 million in Negev high-tech hub

http://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/royal-bank-invests-2-million-in-negev-high-tech-hub?fbclid=IwAR02k6FYwrG4vXRqkWcWxXR2oAqMuA-CJbdGJI5qF0S2RB0INt4c0jVokrU