THE CAUSE

CLIMATE CHANGE
a global crisis

The challenges of climate change are no longer local. They increasingly affect everyone, worldwide. From the proliferation of forest fires and floods, the increase in daily temperatures to the melting of polar ice caps, rising ocean levels and even more extreme weather events, global climate change is a threat to life on this planet as we know it.

At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, finding solutions to climate change is a priority out of necessity.

Located at three campuses in the Negev desert, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has spent five decades learning how to thrive in the desert through solution-based research. Researchers at the university have tackled the challenges of water scarcity and food security, developed advanced energy and cooling technologies and studied the effects of an increasingly hotter environment on human health.

The new school builds on BGU’s well-established strengths to further facilitate the multidisciplinary integration of its researchers and research programs.

The School of Sustainability and Climate Change, the first and only one of its kind in Israel, will offer several tracks for undergraduate and graduate students from Israel and abroad. These tracks will prepare them for the increasing demand and variety of jobs addressing the multiple aspects of the climate crisis.

The mission is to provide students with a wide range of tools to develop practical and sustainable solutions in the framework of international research.

BGU’s accumulated experience, its unique desert location, and its innovative problem-solving approach, mean that it is uniquely positioned to lead cutting- edge teaching and ground-breaking research.

Our Honouree

MARTIN THIBODEAU
a lifelong builder of community

Mr. Martin Thibodeau is an energetic, inspiring and authentic business leader with a strong sense of community.

He assumed the role of President of British Columbia, Royal Bank RBC in 2017 where he leads a team of over 7,000 employees in B.C., dedicated to providing financial advice and services to over 1.5 million personal, small business and commercial clients.

Martin’s signature has been his sincere interest in the well-being of others. He has always had a special place in his heart for the Jewish community and Israel.
Since arriving in BC, he has worked to build meaningful relationships with multiple partners in our Jewish community including the Jewish Community Centre and the Jewish Federation among others.

In the wider community, Mr. Thibodeau is the Cabinet Chair for the United Way of the Lower Mainland, a Governor of the BC Business Council, a member of the Board of Directors for BC Children’s Hospital, Science World, Ocean Wise, Peter Dhillon Center for Business Ethics, Urban Development Institute and CABGU BC & Alberta.

At RBC, Martin serves as Co-Chair for the Diversity Leadership Council.

  • In 2015, Martin was honoured by CABGU in Montreal together with Maitre Gerry Apostolatos at a Ben-Gurion Gala Dinner supporting water research.
  • In 2018, RBC Royal Bank created a cybersecurity partnership with BGU where they invested $2M in artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to develop advanced cyber security techniques.
  • In 2020, RBC Royal Bank, British Columbia sponsored the first two research fellowships at BGU’s new School for Sustainability and Climate Change.
  • In November 2022, Martin will lead the RBC CABGU Summit to Ben-Gurion University and Israel.

It is truly remarkable how much he and RBC Royal Bank have done to enhance the capacity of our community programs and agencies.

Martin is married to Caroline Desrosiers. They have three adult children.

Our Honorary co-chairs

Lorne & Melita Segal

Lorne and Melita Segal have spent their lives doing business while doing good – strengthening and contributing to the future of our Metro Vancouver community while building a culture of philanthropy and inspiring others to follow in their leadership.

Lorne, O.B.C., D.Litt.(Hon.), LLD.(Hon.), is President of Kingswood Properties, a Director of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Chair of the Coast Mental Health Courage to Come Back Awards and founding Chair of We Day Vancouver. Lorne has been a good friend of our honouree since Martin arrived in BC.

Our Guest Speaker

Professor Daniel A. Chamovitz

We are honoured to welcome Ben-Gurion University President, Professor Daniel Chamovitz as our guest speaker.

Professor Daniel A. Chamovitz Ph.D. was elected President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in August, 2018. Professor Chamovitz is a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He studied at both Columbia University in New York City and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he obtained a PhD in genetics. Professor Chamovitz is an internationally recognized research scientist promoting plant sciences and their contribution to feeding the growing world population.

“For the past 50 years we have been learning how to thrive in the desert. It is clear to everyone that the field of sustainability and climate change is what sets Ben-Gurion University apart from every other university in Israel. It is companies like RBC Royal Bank that are making this new branch of education possible.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a variety of corporate sponsorship opportunities to fit your business. We appreciate your support of research at BGU’s new School of Sustainability and Climate Change!

$100,000

PRESENTING

  • Two to three tables of 8-10 (premium placement)
  • Name recognition on all promotional material and announcements including advertising, print, broadcast and digital media
  • Full page ad in program book, included in all print media
  • Prominent signage and recognition on stage during all parts of the event
  • Full access to VIP reception
  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor on video screens at event
  • Thank you from stage in recognition as Presenting Sponsor
  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor on CABGU website
  • Invitation to participate in RBC CABGU Summit in Israel
  • Recognition on Founder’s Wall at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva

$72,000

BEN-GURION

  • Two tables of 8-10 (premium placement)
  • Full page ad in program book, included in all print media
  • Name recognition on all promotional material and announcements including advertising, print, broadcast and digital media
  • Prominent signage and recognition on stage during event
  • Full access to VIP reception
  • Recognition as Ben-Gurion Sponsor on video screens at event
  • Recognition as Ben-Gurion Sponsor on CABGU website
  • Invitation to participate in RBC CABGU Summit in Israel
  • Recognition on Founder’s Wall at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva

$72,000

VIP RECEPTION

  • Two tables of 8-10 (premium placement)
  • Name recognition on all promotional material and announcements including advertising, print, broadcast and digital media
  • Full page ad in program book
  • Prominent signage and recognition during VIP event
  • Full access to VIP reception
  • Recognition as VIP Reception Sponsor in all print materials
  • Recognition as VIP Reception Sponsor on all video screens at event
  • Recognition as VIP Reception Sponsor on CABGU website
  • Invitation to participate in RBC CABGU Summit in Israel
  • Recognition on Founder’s Wall at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva

$54,000

NEGEV

  • One table of 10 (preferred placement)
  • Full access to VIP reception
  • Name recognition on all promotional material including advertising, print, broadcast and digital media
  • Prominent signage and recognition on stage during the guest speaker
  • Recognition as Negev Sponsor on video screens at event
  • Full page ad in program book
  • Recognition as Negev Sponsor on CABGU website
  • Invitation to participate in RBC CABGU Summit in Israel
  • Recognition on Founder’s Wall at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva

$36,000

BEER-SHEVA

  • One table of 10 (preferred placement)
  • Limited access to VIP reception
  • Name recognition on all promotional material including advertising, print, broadcast and digital media
  • Full page ad in program book
  • Recognition as Beer-Sheva Sponsor on all video screens at event
  • Recognition as Beer-Sheva Sponsor on CABGU website
  • Invitation to participate in RBC CABGU Summit in Israel

$18,000

EILAT

  • One table of 10 (prominent placement)
  • Limited access to VIP reception
  • Recognition as Eilat Sponsor on video screens at event
  • Name recognition on all promotional material including advertising, print, broadcast and digital media
  • Half page ad in program book

$10,000

SDE BOKER

  • One table of 10
  • Recognition as Sde Boker on video screens at event
  • ¼ page ad in program book

Corporate Sponsorship Committee

HONORARY CO-CHAIRs: Melita and Lorne Segal, O.B.C

EVENT CHAIR: Eli Joseph

CONVENER: Rachelle Delaney

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE:
Adam Korbin, Chair
Grant Damery
Dr. Jay Eidelman
Michael Fugman
Douglas M. Pulver
Eli Joseph

Fast Facts

Contact

We’re looking forward to hosting you at our Ben-Gurion Gala!

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact:

DAVID BERSON, MSW
Executive Director, British Columbia & Alberta Region
Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Tel: 604-266-2680 Cell: 604-831-9778
Email: davidberson@bengurion.ca