Regional Presidents

David Dulberg

Regional Co-President, BGU Canada Toronto

David Dulberg is the former Managing Director for RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Capital Markets, having joined the firm in 1984. He was also the head of RBC’s real estate financing group for Canada.

David has been actively involved in Toronto’s Jewish community in many different capacities for much of his life, including a variety of leadership roles in UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, with a focus on fundraising. He chaired several divisions for UJA’s annual campaign and served on its board for six years.

David is currently on the Board of Directors for both the Prosserman and Schwartz-Reisman Jewish Community Centres (JCC), is co-chair of the JCC fundraising committee, and is on the JCC’s budget and finance committee. He has also served on the board of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education.

In 2020, David joined the board of the Toronto Region of BGU Canada and is an event co-chair for the Toronto chapter’s Mega Event to be held in November 2022.  David is also a member of the World Board of Governors at BGU.

Born in 1961 in Dundas, Ontario, Canada, David grew up in a traditional Jewish family. He has been married to his wife Risa for 34 years and has two sons: Zachary and Michael.

Naomi Oelbaum

Regional Co-President, BGU Canada Toronto

Naomi was born and raised in Toronto and has deep roots within the Jewish community in her city. As part of the Oelbaum family, Naomi has been a true champion for Israel, the Negev region and Ben-Gurion University for over a decade. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the wildly successful BGU Canada Literary Series: In Conversation with Israeli Authors, along with Deborah Siegel. Naomi has also co-chaired a number of fundraising events and galas that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for BGU.

An Ontario Certified Teacher by profession, Naomi worked with students from the deaf community, children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and newcomers to Canada requiring English as a Second Language support. In addition, she tutored children with learning disabilities.

Naomi has been married to BGU Canada’s Immediate Past President Mitchell Oelbaum for 30 years and the pair have three grown children and two fur babies.

Peggi Cohen Rabinovitch

Regional President, BGU Canada Montreal

Peggi is a native of Montreal. She has given her time and resources to help support a number of worthwhile and important causes within the city’s Jewish community. For over a decade Peggi served as a volunteer with Beit Halochem Canada – a charity that helps injured Israeli army veterans and soldiers. While with the organization, she was among a team of volunteers and helped with organizing all aspects of hosting veterans for special programming. Peggi also volunteered at her synagogue, Congregation Dorshei Emet, where she chaired and served on multiple committees.

BGU Canada has been extremely fortunate to have Peggi as one of its dedicated donors and committed volunteer leaders for the past six years. In 2022, she succeeded Jack Altman to become the President of Ben-Gurion University Canada in Montreal.

Peggi has been married to Dr. Mark Rabinovitch for 38 years. They have two adult children; one who lives in Israel and the other in Washington, DC. They have five grandchildren who range in ages from one to 10.

Adam Korbin

Regional Co-President, BGU Canada B.C. & Alberta

Adam was born and raised in Vancouver. His early interest in Israel rose from his involvement in the Habonim movement and culminated in a gap year in Israel at age 19. Since then, he has been on numerous community missions with many organizations to Europe, Ukraine, Jordan, Oman and Israel.

In his career he has worked as a news reporter, a political staffer and, for the past 30 years, as a fund manager for InstaFund, a private mortgage investment firm located in Vancouver.

In the community, Adam has been involved on many volunteer boards throughout his life. Currently he is a volunteer canvasser for Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, a member of CJPAC and the owner of Canada’s only UCI women’s bicycle racing team, InstaFund Bike racing.

Recently his involvement with Ben-Gurion University Canada includes being a member of the first cohort of the BGU Halutz Global Leadership Initiative. Besides being a member of BGU Canada’s National Board, Adam was the Sponsorship Chair of the June 2022 Ben-Gurion Sustainability Gala honouring RBC Royal Bank Regional President, Martin Thibodeau.

Adam is married to Isabella and in their spare time they enjoy their Bernese Mountain Dog, cycling, sailboat racing and entertaining.

Diandra Etkin

Regional Co-President, BGU Canada Winnipeg

Diandra is a certified teacher serving with the Hebrew program at Brock Corydon School. She has been volunteering for BGU Canada in Winnipeg since 2019 when she returned home from studying in Israel and is now the co-president of the board.

Diandra volunteers in a variety of capacities within the Jewish Community because she enjoys helping others and meeting new people. She has volunteered for Folklorama’s Israel pavilion – Shalom Square since 2013, and has represented her community by being an adult ambassador twice. Diandra also enjoys her time volunteering for for B’nai Brith Canada.

Aaron Migie

Regional President, BGU Canada Winnipeg

Aaron has been providing wealth planning advice to business owners and professionals since 2005. He is actively involved with a number of community organizations including Ben-Gurion University Canada as Board Co-Chair, FINCA International, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Harvest and local cancer initiatives. Aaron is also a regular contributor to the national finance magazine, Canadian Money Saver and he serves as an Ambassador for the Financial Planning Standards Council.

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys many activities including travel, snowboarding, softball, reading, spending time with his wife, daughter and their dog Ernie.

Susannah Cohen-Dalfen

Regional Co-President, BGU Canada Ottawa

Susannah was born and raised in Montreal. She attended McGill University for a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Susannah completed a Masters in Social work. Since then, she practiced as a family therapist. Throughout her life, Susannah has been engaged in the Jewish community in a wide range of roles, including chairing the Ottawa Branch of Ben-Gurion University Canada. Susannah has two daughters. She is married to Jonathan Malino, and is the proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren

Natalie Stern

Regional Co-President, BGU Canada Ottawa

Born in London, England, Natalie is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her career as a theatre arts educator, director and advocate spans over 50 years and three continents. Natalie emigrated to Canada from Asia with her husband Raymond and three children in 1981. She has three generations of family in Israel and has been a supporter of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for over 25 years.