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Thank you for your interest in Ben-Gurion University Canada (BGU Canada)! Our primary mission is to Support the Vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that “the future of Israel will emerge from the Negev.”

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is the only university located in Israel’s southern desert region which comprises 60% of the country’s land mass. The university is a catalyst for the advancement of science, medicine, technology, the environment, education, social policy, and more. The university is known for conducting cutting-edge research in cyber and homeland security, alternative energy, desert and water research, global health, medical technologies, Israel studies, culture and Jewish thought, high-tech and robotics, among others.

There are many ways you can contribute to our cause. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about Israel and keep you connected to BGU. You can sign up for our newsletter by clicking on the link at the bottom of your screen, you can become a volunteer leader with one of our regional chapters, or volunteer to help during our fundraising events. Additionally, we can provide opportunities to meet BGU faculty, offer information about research and programs that interest you, and assist in planning a visit to BGU during your next trip to Israel.

We look forward to getting to know you and helping you find the most meaningful way to Support the Vision.

Contact Us

Simon Bensimon

Executive Director, Montreal & Ottawa
514-937-8927 ext 103
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Simon Bensimon, holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration (MPPPA) from Concordia University (1993) and a BA from McGill University (1985). Simon has been a professional in the field of community building and philanthropy since 1985, he has held a number of management positions within and outside the Jewish community. Simon is passionate about Israel, its relationship with the diaspora and its many contributions to the world. Some of his past professional experiences have been as: Director of the Israel & Overseas Department of Federation CJA; Director of the Bronfman Israel Experience Centre & March of the Living; Executive Director of Hillel Montreal; Principal Director of Development at Concordia University and Executive Director of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In May 2017, he was named Executive Director of the Montreal and Ottawa Chapters of BGU Canada.

Simon is married to Laurence Rubio and they have three children, Ella, Julia and Ilan (and one cat).

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