December 22, 2011 The Canadian Technion Society’s “Spotlight on Success”

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news_id109The Canadian Technion Society  is proud to present its monthly  “Spotlight on Success which looks at current and former Technion students.

December  focus is  Samuel Brill

1) Who are you and where were you born?

My name is Samuel Brill, I was born in Romania on September 25th 1946. I immigrated to Israel in 1960. My name prior to Bill was Samuel Fuchs.

2) What is your Educational Background?

In Romania I completed Elementary School (7th grade). Upon my arrival in Israel I was sent to Kfar Hanoar Benshemen. I was there until 1963 with the completion of 10th Grade. In February 1964, I started to study at the Air Force Technical School. I completed my studies in March 1965 as an electronic technician specializing in anti-aircraft radar control equipment. In 1967, I completed my matriculation exam (Bagruth) and it was a natural progression for me to continue my studies in Electrical Engineering.

3) Why did you choose to study at the Technion?

I was accepted to the TECHNION’s Faculty of Aeronautics in 1970. After the first year I transferred to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. I graduated from the program in 1974.
In 1975, my wife and family immigrated to Canada. My Technion degree allowed me to build a private practice and work in the field of my discipline until I took early retirement in 1993 due to an injury.

4)  What was your single most memorable experience during your studies there?

The most memorable time in the Technion was the studying itself. It presented serious challenges, but those challenges are what makes you yearn to succeed.

July’s focus is  Ying Zhao

Tell me a little about yourself where are you from, what is your educational background, why you chose Technion and what you are doing today.

My name is Ying Zhao and I graduated from Xidian University in Xian, People’s Republic of China, and received my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993. While working in an electronic manufacturing company in Nanjing, I was pondering on an idea of studying abroad to advance my career. After going through a foreign institute ranking book, Technion Israel Institute of Technology caught my eyes. I was drawn to the Technion for its broad-based strength in Science and Engineering, its top notch research achievements, and its world class Electrical Engineering faculties.

All of my academic degrees (BSc, MSc, PhD) were accomplished at the Technion in the field of Environmental Engineering.

Coupled with curiosity in Israel, I sent in my application and was extremely fortunate to be accepted and granted the Lady Davis fellowship. I spent four years in Haifa (1995-1999), and obtained my Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Under the supervision of Professor David Malah, I explored the technology forefront of Image Processing. Looking back, I feel blessed to have been able to pursue my Master’s at the Technion.

The fact that I studied in a world-renown University helped me launching my career in Information Technology. The research skills I gained in my graduate study benefits me in my career development.

I joined IBM Toronto Lab in 2000 as a software developer. There are tremendous applications of analytical, research, and troubleshooting skills at my work to solve complex technical challenges.

I have also recently joined the Canadian Technion Society’s Young Leadership Initiative, Generation  NEXT.

March’s focus is  Sivan Klas

1) Who are you and where are you from?

I am a post doctoral fellow at the department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. I am 38 years old and live with my spouse, Shani, and our 20 month old son Gev. We arrived in Toronto last December from Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet, Israel, where I was born and raised.

2) What is your Educational Background?

All of my academic degrees (BSc, MSc, PhD) were accomplished at the Technion in the field of Environmental Engineering.

3) Why did you choose Technion?

After the army I traveled for two years in the Americas and became aware of our planet’s amazing nature and the risks imposed to it by humans. I realized progress is not going to stop and the solution to this conflict will have to rely on science and engineering. I completed a pre-university year at the Technion in order to see if it suits me, and discovered a fascinating world. From then on, the Technion was a natural choice for me.

4) Are you enjoying your experience at the University of Toronto, please explain one or two highlights?

My experience here is short, but very enjoying. I get to do whatever I want, which I find very important in terms of conducting a research.
It is very interesting to meet people from all nationalities. I was especially impressed with the high level of student involvement regarding what is happening in the world. This was expressed most lively in many, almost competing, donation campaigns organized at the U of T to aid Japan after the earthquake. I was also very pleased with the warm hospitality of the Jewish community in Toronto


February’s
 focus is on Toronto’s  Gil Hadar.

1) Who are you and where are you from?

I was born in Rishon LeTzion on June 25th 1963. I was the second child of four. During my younger years, my family lived in Givaat More and Bat-Yam. When I was 10, my parents divorced and my mother moved us to Kibbutz Alonim where I lived up until I went to University. For a city boy who was used to living with my family, kibbutz life was very different and challenging. I was put into a class called Hatzav . There were 14 boys and girls in this class and we all lived, ate, and studied together. This kibbutz way of life is called Linna Meshutefet , meaning, that you are basically doing everything together 24/7. It was a happy time for me and I am still close friends with many of the kids from my class.

In November 1985, I worked for a year in a factory owned and operated by the kibbutz organization in Mifratz Haifa.  During this time I saved enough money to travel and went first to Europe for two months with two of my good friends. In this short period of time we explored most of Western Europe. When I came back to the kibbutz I was still thirsty for more traveling and decided to explore Australia and the Far East. I flew to Australia and bought myself a motorbike in Sydney and drove down to an apple & pear farm located in southern Australia in Victoria province. I spent 3 months living and working there until I had enough money to continue traveling. I spent 2 more months traveling along the Australian eastern coast and finally flew to Thailand through Singapore.

In the middle of 1986, I came back to Israel and decided it was time to go to university. I quickly realized that my basic Bagrut diploma was not enough to get accepted to an Engineering program. Therefore, in order to upgrade my marks, I started studying at a night school in Tel-Aviv. Soon after, I got my 5 points in Mathematics and Physics. The Technion was my first choice of Universities to attend since it had a very good reputation especially for Engineering, and it was in Haifa, not far from my friends on the kibbutz. In order to get accepted, I joined a 2 months summer Mathematic Mechina  at the Technion. This decision paid off and in the autumn of 1989 I was accepted into the Agricultural Engineering faculty, under the management of the late Dean Professor Dan Wolf.

I started my first engineering job right after my graduation in 1994. It was at the Technion research center where I was involved in many interesting projects for the private sector. In 1994, I got married to a Canadian who had been volunteering at Kibbutz Alonim. We lived in Tivon and a few years later our son was born. Two years later, we had a daughter.

In August 1999, we moved to Canada. Soon after arriving, I was offered an Analytical Engineering position at Linamar Corporation in Guelph, Ontario. For an Israeli who likes adventure and traveling, the move was an easy adjustment but for an Israeli who loves the sun and being outside most of the time, the first winter and sub-zero temperatures was most unwelcome! Despite cold winters, Canada is a beautiful country with a diverse population with many opportunities to develop my engineering skills and abilities and for 5 years, Linamar was an excellent place work and learn about the automotive industry.

With 10 years of Engineering experience and a sound knowledge of the automotive industry I decided to seek out other career opportunities and soon I was offered a position as the Design and Development Engineering Manager at STT Technologies which is a joint venture of Magna International and SHW Automotive (Germany.)

At this time, the STT’s Design and Development department was young and was mainly supporting build to print  programs. My R&D background assisted me in pushing more research and development activities. I spent more time innovating new technologies with my talented team and in my second year as the Engineering manager at STT, we had a breakthrough. In 2006 I submitted an application for a new patent which I named IEP , Integrated Electric Pump. This new technology is targeting the growing market of the Mild-Hybrid ,Hybrid  and Electric cars . It is a unique arrangement of 12V/300V BLDC motor and a rotor style oil pump. In most cases the controller is also integrated with the pump and all the components are fully submerged in oil. Since then I have submitted several other patent applications mainly for the electric oil pumps market.

In 2010 I was able to secure a production order using this technology for Allison Transmission for the hybrid application. Today STT has the knowledge and ability to design and develop a full system; pump-motor-controller for 12V and 300V systems. Managing 15 people from diverse backgrounds on such projects as the oil pump was been a career highlight for me. Moreover, I am now working towards my Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto. The importance of professional development is very important for me and I am sure that the knowledge gained through this degree will help me in the future to continue to be creative in my design and development engineering projects.

Having a healthy work/life balance is also important. Since living in Guelph, I have started doing karate with my three children. My son and I are now Black Belts and we continue to train twice a week. We even have a small dojo in our basement. I still enjoy traveling, hiking, and having an adventure from time to time. Consequently, as a family, we try and travel as often as possible. We have been to Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and of course back home to Israel.

2) What is your Educational Background?

Agricultural Engineering major in Mechanical Engineering 1989-1994 and a Masters in Engineering, University of Toronto, 2010-Present

3) Why did you choose Technion?

The Technion was my first choice for university education for two major reasons. First, for its national and international reputation for engineering programs, and second because it is only 30 minutes from my Kibbutz.

4) What did you enjoy most about your experience; please explain one or two highlights?

The Technion was found to be very challenging, but at the same time very interesting. I mainly enjoyed the company of many smart talented students and the family environment the Agricultural faculty had to offer.

January’s focus is on Toronto’s  Miriam Mozes.

1) Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Miriam Mozes. I was born in Hungary and was a child Holocaust survivor. I immigrated to Israel in 1950.

2) What is your Educational and Employment Background?

I applied to the Technion and was accepted with a scholarship in September 1950 to the Chemical engineering department. I worked in Israel at a few Research Institutions and in 1966, I received a scholarship at the University of London Queen Mary College’s Physical Chemistry Department, to complete my Ph.D. We moved to London in the fall of 1966 with two young children.

In 1970, my Husband, two children and I came to Canada. I was hired by Ontario Hydro Research Division to initiate Pollution Abatement program of the Research Division. The program was very successful. We built the first combustion research facility in Canada. My team developed a patent (SONOX Process) for controlling SOx and NOx from power plant flue gases. I traveled all over the world to give presentations on our work, and published many research studies.

After taking early retirement I started my own consulting Company: EN- En Tech Consulting, specializing in Environmental Engineering. I was also serving on many environmental committees in Canada and abroad.

3) Why did you choose Technion and what did you enjoy most about your experience?

I fell in love with Chemistry in Hungary when I was in High school. I had an excellent teacher and I became fascinated by it. I attended a girl’s school and at the age of 16 we had a Chemistry completion with the boy’s school. I won and I knew then that my professional life will be related to chemistry.

We arrived to a camp for new comers (Olim Hadashim) close to Haifa, so I applied for a scholarship at the Technion soon after our arrival. I made many friends and lived in a Beit Chalutzot (a girls home), My husband moved to a Kibbutz Yad Chana. We saw each other every two weeks My husband finally found a job in a Moshav close to Haifa, so I moved in with him. In 1954 I had my final exams. Before each exam I felt sick and was vomiting. But I finished with excellent results. My son was born at the end of December 1954. The rest is history….

December’s focus is on Toronto’s  Daniel Ostro.

1)  Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Daniel Ostro and I am from Toronto, Ontario. I am currently a 4th year student in the Technion American Medical School (TeAMS) program.

2)  What is your Educational Background?
In high school I went to the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) and then continued my studies at York University, where I received a BSc, Spec Hons, in Psychology.

3)  Why did you choose Technion?
I always knew that I wanted to study medicine. After I spent a year in Israel at Yeshiva, I knew that I’d one day like to return to live there. Having this amazing opportunity to live in Israel and study medicine in a program that is 4 years, taught in English, and that allows students to return to do residency in North America, was something I couldn’t turn down.

4)  Are you enjoying your experience, please explain one or two highlights?

The TeAMS program is excellent and rigorous. A big bonus about the school is its location; being able to live on the beach in Israel is a great life experience. One of the best things about the program is its world renowned award-winning staff, which is composed of a great mixture of researchers and clinicians.

Another great feature about the program is the diversity among the patients that we see. During the clinical years, in particular, students are taught at many different hospitals in Northern Israel. The population diversity among hospitals gives us exposure to a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.
One of the highlights of my time spent in Israel is experiencing Yom HaAtzmaut. Being able to celebrate in Israel is unlike any celebration back home. I will always remember barbequing on the beach with friends and relaxing with the wind and waves.

November’s  focus is on Toronto’s  Oren Kraus

1)  Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Oren Kraus. I was born and raised in Thornhill, Ontario. However I grew up in an Israeli household, speaking Hebrew at home and visiting Israel almost every summer since the age of six. As a child I spent most of my time playing with Lego and watching action movies.

2)  What is your Educational Background?
I attended high school at the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT Richmond Hill campus) where I excelled in math and sciences. My first interaction with the Technion and the Canadian Technion Society was in grade 11 when I participated in the SciTech 2005 summer research program. The program brought together exceptional high school students from across the world to participate in summer research internships at Technion research labs and to explore Israel and Haifa through organized group tours. Canadian participants were lucky enough to have the full program fees covered by scholarships from the Canadian Technion Society.

Upon graduating from CHAT I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in mechanical engineering. During my first two undergraduate years I excelled in my courses and actively participated in extracurricular activities, specifically through the New College residence council (NCRC). At New College I held a position in the student government and acted in, hosted and produced Mosaic, the NCRC annual multicultural show for two consecutive years.

In my third year of undergraduate studies I participated in an international student exchange with the Technion. I completed my full third year course load while studying there.

Upon graduating from the mechanical engineering program (with a minor in bioengineering) this past June (2010), I began pursuing a MSc degree in mechanical engineering in collaboration with the institute of biomaterials and biomedical engineering (IBBME). My research currently focuses on using microfluidic techniques to study the vasomotor response of functional blood vessels to various biochemical stimuli.

3)  Why did you choose Technion?
I chose to participate in the exchange program with the Technion for the following reasons.

My family is originally from Haifa and while growing up I was always curious to see what it would be like to live there. The exchange program gave me the opportunity to live in Haifa for a year while continuing my studies at Israel’s top engineering institution.

I was excited about attending the Technion based on my experiences in SciTech (2005). During that summer I was first exposed to research at the graduate level. I believe that my interactions with Technion students and faculty are what motivated me to pursue graduate studies in my own career. In addition to the high level of research taking place at the Technion I also found the student life to be unique and exciting. The atmospheres at the Technion and in Haifa in general enable close friendships to be formed among students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds and with a variety of interests.

4)  Did you enjoy your experience, please explain one or two highlights!
At Technion I most enjoyed the friendships I formed with other Technion students. The Technion exchange program is unique relative to other exchange programs with Israeli institutions in that exchange students attend regular classes in Hebrew with primarily Israeli Technion students, as opposed to English classes with mostly other exchange students. Although this arrangement was slightly challenging initially (i.e. similar to switching schools in the middle of high school), it turned out to be the highlight of my exchange studies. Throughout the year I became much closer with other students in my classes and throughout my program. When I went back to visit Israel after graduation (a year after my exchange) I had the pleasure of catching up with almost everyone I connected with that year. These connections allowed me to feel much more like a resident of Israel rather than a visitor.

Another highlight was being able to see my family throughout my exchange year. My grandparents and nearly all my uncles, aunts and cousins live in Israel, mostly around Haifa. Studying at Technion for a full year allowed me to become much closer with them and celebrate all the holidays with them. Those experiences were very significant for me, since before that year I would see my family members once or twice a year at most. Now that I am back in Canada I make more of an effort to stay in touch with my family and hope to continue to visit Israel often.

Based on my exceptional experiences in Haifa and with the Technion I plan on entering the MD/PhD program at the Technion upon completion of my MSc requirements.

November 24, 2011 Quebec can benefit from Israeli tech know-how: Charest

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Premier Jean Charest greets Doreen Green, chair of the Canadian Technion Society, and gala honoree Stephan Ouaknine.
Premier Jean Charest greets Doreen Green, chair of the Canadian Technion Society, and gala honoree Stephan Ouaknine.

Canadian Jewish News

Janice Arnold, Staff Reporter, Thursday, November 24, 2011

MONTREAL –  Premier Jean Charest hailed Israel as a country that Quebec would like to do more business with, expressing admiration for its excellence in technology and science.

Charest was the guest speaker at a Nov. 17 fundraising dinner for the Canadian Technion Society (CTS) in honour of one of Quebec’s most successful high-tech entrepreneurs, Stephan Ouaknine, who learned much about startup ventures during the time he lived in Israel.

Charest praised the contributions the almost-century-old Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has made to the world, noting that three of its professors have won Nobel Prizes.

“But how could it be otherwise in Israel, an extremely small country with just seven million people, in an often hostile environment, politically, geographically and for its security.

“Israel is also part of Quebec, an important part of our lives that we share with you.”

Charest said he’d like to see greater links with Technion and other Israeli institutions to share expertise. “Science and technology are an important motor for the creation of jobs and wealth,” he said.

That kind of collaboration will be especially important to fulfil Charest’s $80-billion Plan Nord, the development of the vast territory of Quebec north of the 49th parallel, $47 billion of which is to be invested in the development of sustainable energy resources.

Charest expressed admiration for Ouaknine and what he has accomplished already at the age of 37. He said Quebec’s economy needs people with the vision and boldness of Ouaknine, the founder of Blueslice Networks, which he sold to Nasdaq-listed Tekelec. His new company is Inerjys Ventures, a fund for the development of renewable energy and its distribution.

Charest was also generous in his praise for the Jewish community.

“I want to express gratitude for the extraordinary Jewish community and what it has done for us. This is one of the greatest, if not the greatest places in the world to live.

“Here we can be a Montrealer, a Quebecer, a Canadian and love the State of Israel at the same time, and there is no contradiction,” he said. The declaration received enthusiastic applause from the audience of about 300 at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.

He stressed that Quebec values diversity and wants to attract talented immigrants from around the world.

Even before he spoke, the premier was enthusiastically received, with guests chatting and taking their photos with him, and he got a standing ovation when he went on stage.

Ouaknine, the son of Moroccan and Egyptian immigrants, left Montreal for Israel after receiving his undergraduate degree at McGill University. After six years in Israel and one in New York, he returned to Montreal, and continues to have business interests in Israel.

Israeli Consul General Joel Lion officially invited Charest to visit Israel, which he has never visited.

Proceeds from the event will go toward research at Technion on alternative energy sources to fossil fuels. Nine faculties are working in this area, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Philanthropy and investment for profit can coalesce for the benefit of humanity and the environment, Ouaknine believes, and he advocates greater public-private partnerships, something he has in common with Charest.

Ouaknine said his goal is to grow Inerjys into the first multinational provider of renewable energy through the development of more efficient storage. It’s an ambition he presented this year at the Clinton Global Initiative, a gathering called by former U.S. president Bill Clinton of influential world leaders.

A love of nature was instilled in him at an early age, including the summers he spent at the Y Country Camp, he said.

Ouaknine is also determined make more younger people aware of Technion and bring in a new generation of leadership to CTS.

November 10, 2011 CTS Engages Next Generation

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Michelle Bitran, Intern    Thursday, November 10, 2011

TORONTO –  The Canadian Technion Society (CTS) is literally refusing to grow old.

The organization, which creates awareness and fundraises for Haifa’s Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, has been around since 1943, but in the last year, it’s been focusing its efforts on the 25-to-45 crowd with its Generation Next project.

The goal is to “pass down the philanthropic role from one generation to a new one,” said Scott Woodrow, CTS board liaison to the Generation Next group, which includes about 25 young professionals who are interested in learning about fundraising for the Technion and spreading the message about the institution in Canada.

The young, enthusiastic crowd that has signed up comes from a range of different professional backgrounds.

“We have venture capitalists, we have  architects, real estate agents, lawyers – you name it, we’ve got it – all people that took an interest in the Technion,” said Hershel Recht, CTS’ national development director and the main organizer of Generation Next.

Though the idea to form Generation Next originated in 2004, it had been put on the back burner until last year. Now that the group is in full swing, Recht is enthusiastic about the impact it will have. “Over the last year, it’s back,” he said “and it’s back with a vengeance.”

The group’s first event was held last March, with businessman and philanthropist Seymour Shulich addressing the crowd about his personal story as well as about why the Technion is crucial for Israel’s development.

For its next event, Generation Next has planned a trip to Israel later this month. The group of 16 who have signed up will be taken to see the Technion and examine its impact on the thriving high-tech industry in Israel. The one-week trip is being heavily subsidized by a donor, and Recht is certain it will be an eye-opening experience.

“It’s a one-week smash, bang – this is Technion, this is high-tech in Israel,” he said with his typical enthusiasm, adding that, as supportive as the Generation Nexters are, it’s impossible for them to fully understand the Technion’s impact without seeing it for themselves.

The itinerary promises a peek at Better Place, the electric car company founded by a Technion graduate, as well as a visit to the Elite chocolate factory, where food and biotechnology graduates help create delicious treats. The group will also listen to several speakers and have the chance to take in the sights and sounds of Israel’s cities.

Torontonian Moran Drori, 29, only joined the group about a month ago, but the ninth-generation Israeli snatched up the opportunity to go on the trip. She said the first-hand experience will help her spread the word about the Technion when she gets back to Toronto.

“It’s not just about going to the university, it’s about going…to the places where the Technion is involved to see the fruit of the labour,” she said.

Recht added that the trip will also allow the Toronto community to make professional connections with Israelis, so that both sides can benefit from new partnerships.

According to Recht, Generation Next is going to forge a new path when it comes to young Jewish organizations. He wants to keep it focused on emerging technology and its creators, rather than on the glitz and glamour of traditional fundraising parties. “We’re not looking for parties. That’s not us,” he said.

After the trip to Israel, Generation Next will get back to planning its growth in Canada. Recht is confident the group of enthusiastic young people he has brought together is a strong one. “Ten years from now, they’ll be the board for Technion.”

November 7, 2011 Notice of the 2011 Annual General Meeting

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CANADIAN TECHNION SOCIETY

The Annual General Meeting of members  
of the Canadian Technion Society
will be held on
Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 10:00 am
Park Hyatt Hotel
4 Avenue Road
Toronto

SPECIAL GUESTS
Via video conference
Technion President, Dr. Peretz Lavie
Nobel Laureate, Professor Dan Shectman

Guest Speaker
Mark Talesnick
Founder of Technion’s Engineers Without Borders

Lunch

Board of Directors Meeting to Follow

RSVP: 416 789-4545 or info@cdntech.org
Dietary Laws observed

October 6, 2011 Technion Prof. Dan Shechtman Awarded 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Professor Dan Shechtman of Technio’s Department of Materials Engineering. He was awarded the prize for his discovery of patterns in atoms called quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible.
The Technion is now home to three of the five Israelis in the country’s history to be awarded the Nobel Prize in science.

“His discovery was extremely controversial. In the course of defending his findings, he was asked to leave his research group,” said the committee. “However, his battle eventually forced scientists to reconsider their conception of the very nature of matter.”

“The celebration is not just for the Technion or for Israel, but for all of science,” Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman said Wednesday at a news conference after being named as the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry. “There are thousands of scientists studying this subject I believe that they see this prize as also their achievement.”

Click to listen to Prof. Shechtman explain his discovery.

September 25, 2011 Canadian Student at Technion’s 2011 SciTech Program

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Student Enthralled by Israeli Science Camp

By FRANCES KRAFT, Staff Reporter

Thursday, 15 September 2011

TORONTO  This summer, Yaakov Green, a Grade 12 student at Yeshivat Or Chaim, combined his love for Israel with his love for science as the only Canadian participant in SciTech 2011, a scientific summer camp at the Technion  Israel Institute of Technology.

Yaakov Green addresses fellow students, mentors, faculty and guests at the final assembly of the Technion’s SciTech program for high school students.

Along with a participant from London, England, Green worked with an Israeli Arab PhD student on her research project looking at the effects of the hormone angiotensin, which regulates salt balance and fluid balance in the body. They also wrote up the research and presented a poster on it at the end of the program.

Green spent about a week familiarizing himself with background material on the project before he left Toronto. It was a totally unique opportunity,  he said in a recent phone interview. It was really amazing. 

The 16-year-old was selected from the 44 participants to speak as student representative at graduation.

In his address which was attended by mentors, faculty and guests, including Peretz Lavie, president of the university  Green said the SciTech experience was uniquely challenging, fascinating and fun. 

Where else, he asked, can you feel cool about being a nerd?

On a personal note, he added, he’s always had a strong connection with Israel, citing the spirituality, culture and life  as aspects he loves. He has spent a number of summers at a kibbutz sleepover camp there, most recently in 2010 as a counsellor.

But never before have I been exposed to the side of Israel that it is so renowned for its science,  he added.

Green, who is thinking of a career in health sciences, credits his school for providing him with a good science education. I love sciences,  he said, adding that he finds anatomy particularly interesting.

He also liked the social and touring components of the Technion program, and the mix of people from places such as France, Serbia, Bulgaria, Italy and Israel. The latter group included Christian Arabs, Muslim Arabs and recent olim from Russia, he noted.

Everybody had a great time,  Green said. It was interesting to meet all these different people and hear about their countries, cultures and outlooks. It was a huge learning experience for me. 

SciTech  is a well-established international science and technology research camp organized by the Centre for Pre-University Education and hosted each summer at the  Technion. This program is intended for eleventh and twelfth grade high school students from around the world who have demonstrated an exceptional interest and ability in science and technology. This program brings together outstanding students from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Israel and elsewhere.

June 27, 2011 Canadian Technion Society is Heading to Cottage Country

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The Canadian Technion Society is heading to Cottage Country and is proud to present “It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist……….well actually it does” with Dr. Victor Chernov.Dr. Chernov, is a graduate of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Technion and now a Lyon Sachs Post Doc Fellow at the University of Toronto. He has spoken to groups across Canada about his own journey to Israel from the FSU and described his research in Aerospace Engineering. In telling his story Dr. Chernov gives us a picture of the outstanding support he has received from his professors and how the nurturing atmosphere of Technion has allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a Rocket Scientist.

Date: Sunday, July 24, 2011
Time:9:15 am
Location: Tent City Jewish Congregation, Lefroy ON (Innisfil) 725 6th Line
Breakfast will be served.
For more information please contact: Meyer Feldman at gematria9@aol.com or 416-885-2932

April 13, 2011 “Get Connected to Israel and Technion”

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The Canadian Technion Society launches its Generation NEXT  initiative in Montreal at a lunchtime program hosted by Heenan Blaikie at 12:00pm on Monday May 16, 2011. The event will take place at 1250 Rene Levesque Blvd. West on the 25th floor.

The guest speakers will be Dr. Victor Chernov, a graduate of the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, who is at present a Lyon Sachs Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and Scott Woodrow CA, Director and Co-Founder of Lions Peak Capital Corporation and CTS National Board Member.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Anne Kalles, Eastern Regional Director at montreal@cdntech.org or 514-735-5541

April 4, 2011 It Doesn’t Take a Rocket Scientist…Well Actually It Does!

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Following his extremely successful Western Canada tour this past fall, Dr. Victor Chernov will speak to members of the Atlantic community and to the Windsor Jewish Community about his research. Dr. Chernov, the current Lyon Sachs Post-Doctoral Fellow from Technion is at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. In his presentation Dr. Chernov will also simplify the finer points of Rocket Science to those not familiar with its many difficult to comprehend principles.

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: UPEI – Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, McDougall Hall, Room 242, Charlottetown, PE
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Leslee Sack 1-902-367-1979 or  mysonian@eastlink.ca

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Tiferes Israel Synagogue, 56 Steadman, Moncton, NB
Refreshments will be served
RSVP: Prof. Francis Weil  weilfr@gmail.com  or 506-854-9053

Date:  Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Beth Israel Synagogue, 1400 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS
Refreshments will be served.
For more information please contact Marty Merovitch 902-422-1301 or  info@thebethisrael.com

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Windsor Jewish Community Centre, 1641 Ouellette, Windsor, ON
Lunch will be served. Cost $10
RSVP: Sharron Lacey 519-973-1772 or  Sharron@jewishwindsor.org.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Location: London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street, London, ON
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Efrat  519-673-3310 or  program@ljf.on.ca

April 4, 2011 Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie Visits Toronto

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news_id117Prof. Peretz Lavie speaks to the Economic Club of Canada

The President of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Prof. Peretz Lavie   recently gave a Luncheon talk in Toronto, to a sell-out crowd at the Economic Club of Canada. This was the first address by an Israeli leader or Israeli University President to the Club – Technion truly is the Gateway to the Start-up Nation.

He later spoke to the Business Network. Listen to the interview –  BNN Video Player

Raising Chutzpah  -Financial Post interview with Prof. Peretz Lavie.

Prof. Peretz Lavie attends Generation NEXT event “As Good As Gold”  
President Lavie answered questions from the close to 300 young adults who are being recruited as supporters of the Technion by Canadian businessman and Philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

Technion Grads Key Factor Behind ‘Start-up Nation’  – article in the CJN