Ben-Gurion University Canada (BGU Canada) is the Canadian fundraising arm of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). At BGU Canada, we support the vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who said “It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigour of Israel shall be tested.”
Our organisation was founded on July 27th 1973 and was named ‘Canadian Friends of the University of the Negev’ at the time. After the university itself was renamed, the Canadian fundraising arm was also renamed Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University (CABGU). In early 2022, as part of modernization efforts, and to better reflect the role we play here in Canada, we were renamed Ben-Gurion University Canada.
With four main offices across the country including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal/Ottawa, and headquarters in Toronto, we are proud to have a presence in some of Canada’s major Jewish hubs, offering our communities an opportunity to connect with Israel, the Negev Desert and BGU.
Through a series of live, virtual and interactive events, campaigns, galas and one-on-one advocacy, BGU Canada tells the story of how Israel’s only university in the Negev desert is making a global impact.