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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 - BGNetwork



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

Nova Scotia - Dalhousie, Ben Gurion University collaborate on brain, spine research

Dalhousie University in Halifax and Ben Gurion University (BGU) in Be’er Sheva have announced a “trailblazing research relationship” to help find answers to the complexities of the brain and spinal cord. Six professors and researchers from BGU, along with Dan Blumberg, the university’s vice-president and dean for research and development, were in Halifax on Nov. 16, to announce the collaborative effort with their counterparts from Dalhousie.
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Montreal - an evening with Bill Browder

A sellout crowd of more than 500 people was enthralled by Bill Browder’s account of the events stemming from his business dealings in Russia – the murder of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, the subsequent adoption of the Magnitsky Act in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and many other countries, and his personal commitment to enforcing sanctions against those who violate human rights.

Well-known Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay moderated a discussion between Browder and The Hon. Irwin Cotler, Canada’s former Minister of Justice, current Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and Browder’s partner in the establishment of the Magnitsky Act in Canada. Among Cotler’s many accolades is an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, conferred in 2016.

CABGU would like to thank the generous sponsors of this very special event, which raised funds for doctoral scholarships in Human Rights Studies at the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at BGU.

“Ben-Gurion” Level:

Larry & Margaret Nachshen
Crowe BGK
Felicia & Arnold Aaron Foundation
Dym Family Foundation

“Beer-sheva” Level:

Bissell Family Foundation
Reuben Croll
Gordon & Penny Echenberg
Robert Elman
Roslyn Plotnick Margles
Dundy & Lyon Sachs
Sandra & Allen Quallenberg
Marilyn Takefman
N & J Richer Foundation
Dorel Industries
Robert Raich & Marlene Gilfix-Raich
Maimonides Hospital Foundation

“Sde Boker Campus” Level:

Mark & Edna Mendelson & Family
Cheryl & Richard Levy
Miriam Fertsman
Scotia McLeod/Robert Moore

“Eilat Campus” Level:

Brenda & Sam Gewurz
The Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation
Alta & Harvey Levenson
Black Lantern Holdings
Peggi Cohen & Dr. Mark Rabinovitch
Leesa Steinberg
Bill Lassner
Anthony Croll
Joseph Gurandiano
Future Electronics
Leslie Beck
Mitzi & Mel Dobrin Family Foundation
Judith & John Lechter Foundation
Peter Fraenkel
Gerald Kandestin
SCP Science
The Henry & Berenice Kaufmann Foundation
Barbara & Melvin Schloss
Aaron Drazin

A private dinner was held on April 28 in recognition of top-tier event sponsors – for photos please click here.

To visit the Evening with Bill Browder photo gallery please click here.

Read more about Bill Browder here and here.

Photo credits: Howard Kay

Winnipeg - Research Without Borders

Research Without Borders: Health has no Borders… And Research is Limitless
As leading research institutions, St. Boniface Hospital and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have established that knowledge serves us better when transferred and combined by collaboration.
Our researchers are working towards the same end goal – to change the face of health care as we know it, and to overcome today’s most debilitating diseases and conditions.
Two heads are most certainly better than one, and our areas of research expertise complement each other. It will be the sharing of ideas that enables us to make advancements faster and with resources that span over oceans.

With a thriving and active Jewish community in Winnipeg, and a distinct link to our heritage at St. Boniface Hospital, we would like to bring our communities together to support collaborative research initiatives and have several areas of commonality.

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