September 24, 2015 The Money’s on Technion

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Technion Alumni & Toronto Council proudly presents

The Money’s on the Technion

With Guest Speakers:

Dr. Boaz Golany, Technion VP for External Relations and Resource Development
Miriam Varadi, author of “Merchants of Enterprise”

Join us for this very interesting Breakfast Event

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:45 am

Bistro Grande Restaurant (COR)

1000 Eglinton Avenue West

Tickets $25.00

There are only 80 spots available for this exciting Breakfast and tickets will not be sold at the door.
For Tickets please click here
For more information please call 416-789-4545

We are grateful to our Event Sponsors:

Bill Wiener and Family
The Manor Family
Jack Bensimon





Dr. Boaz Golany is a Professor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (IE&M) and the holder of the Samuel Gorney Chair in Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He has served as the Associate Dean of the IE&M faculty in 1994-1999 and as the Dean of the Faculty in 2006-2011. He is also a senior research fellow at the Austin-based technology think tank IC2, whose goal is to facilitate global economic growth and job creation through innovation, creativity and capital.

He is considered one of the leading experts in several areas of Operations Management including efficiency and effectiveness analysis, supply chain management, project management and resource allocation in counter-terrorism and homeland security issues.

Miriam Varadi is an entrepreneur, author, and lecturer with extensive knowledge of the corporate and financial world. She enjoyed a successful career as an investment advisor with a major Canadian bank where she built one of the largest wealth management practices in the bank’s investment division.

Ms. Varadi is author of the book Merchants of Enterprise, published by Thomson Reuters and cited on the Globe and Mail list of best selling Canadian business books. Subsequently, she was interviewed on CBC’s Lang and O’Leary as well as BNN and lectured extensively.

CBC Dragon Kevin O’Leary on Merchants of Enterprise: “The definitive Canadian resource on everything Private Equity did, does and will do. A must read before you invest one dollar in any private equity deal.”

July 28, 2015 New Films on Technion YouTube

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Dr. Qanta Ahmed Unveiled

Dr. Qanta Ahmed and Technion president Prof. Peretz Lavie in a dialogue at Technion’s 2015 Board of Governors meeting. Dr. Ahmed is a recipient of a 2015  Honorary Fellowship from Technion.

She is a physician, author and journalist and a frequent television commentator on Islam and Islamic extremism.

Nobel Laureate and Technion alumnus Arieh Warshel – From Kibbutz to Nobel

At the 2015 International Board of Governors meeting

Technion Nobel Laureate Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover – Message about the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Message is in English with Chinese sub-titles

For more films from Technion’s 2015 International Board of Governors, visit the playlist at:

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July 16, 2015 When the Opportunity Arose to Send Lassonde Students to Technion-Israel Institute of Technology We Didn’t Think About It For Too Long.

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From the CIJA Exchange
Lassonde engineering students learn entrepreneurship the Israeli way

Taking a group of students to Israel to learn entrepreneurship isn’t the easy option. It would surely have been simpler for us to send them somewhere closer to home to discover what it takes to launch a start up venture.

LassondeAfter all, it’s a 6,000 mile journey to Israel with an 11-hour flight and seven time zones of jetlag. And as we experienced, the weather in an Israeli summer can be sweltering at times particularly for Canadian students who might never have traveled south of the 45th parallel before.

At the Lassonde School of Engineering we focus only on one thing: creating the very best opportunities for our students. We don’t take the easy option in anything we do.

When the opportunity arose to send Lassonde students to Technion-Israel Institute of Technology we didn’t think about it for too long. We grasped it with both hands.

In summer 2014, and again in 2015, we send a diverse group of over 20 undergraduate engineering students from Lassonde to undertake an intensive program led by Technion, which this year also included a two-day visit to the StarTAU entrepreneurship centre at Tel Aviv University.

Our students all read a copy of Start Up Nation cover to cover before departing for Israel, but no words or textbooks can truly do justice to the spirit of this compelling, complex and cosmopolitan society.

We wanted our students to see it, breathe it and taste it for themselves.

Our students learned the history of Israel and how it became a technology superpower, one which gives birth to more tech start ups and attracts more venture capital per capita than any other country in the world.

Our students learned from Israeli entrepreneurial success stories – young and old – and from the architects of an economic model that’s an inspiration for ambitious nations everywhere.

Our students learned from young Israelis themselves about the opportunities, along with the tough challenges, of starting a new venture and bringing an idea to market.

Above all, our students learned one thing above all about Israel: life isn’t lived standing still. Entrepreneurs don’t wait until tomorrow. They do it today.

You can read about the experiences of Amal Dave, one of the students who took part in this year’s program, in his own words on this blog.

This is only the beginning of our partnership with Technion and with other universities in Israel. Our intention is to provide opportunities for many more of our Lassonde School of Engineering students to learn and to live in this spectacular country.

Janusz Kozinski is the Dean the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.

July 13, 2015 Technion, Hebrew University and University of Calgary Meet to Discuss Budding Collaboration in Neuro Research

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Neuroscience researchers foster scientific exchange and share brain and mental health expertise.

To foster collaboration between top neuroscience research institutions in Israel and Alberta, an international symposium was held last month to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) partnered to host the Israel-Alberta Neuroscience Symposium in Banff, Alberta for a three-day event, held June 28 to 30.

Six neuroscientists from  The Hebrew University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology engaged in collaborative discussion with researchers from the universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge.

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July 13, 2015 A Phone So Smart , It Sniffs Out Disease

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005bA research consortium headed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is developing a product that, when coupled with a smartphone, will be able to screen the user’s breath for early detection of life-threatening diseases.

Funded by a grant from the European Commission, the SNIFFPHONE project will link Prof. Haick’s acclaimed breathalyzer screening technology to the smartphone to provide non-invasive, fast and cheap disease detection.

The technology is supported by a recent €6 million (US$6.8 million) grant to the consortium to expand the “electronic nose” breathalyzer technology that Prof. Haick has been developing since he joined the Technion in 2006. That technology can identify individuals from the general population who have a higher likelihood for contracting a specific disease, and treat them in advance or at an early stage.

“The SNIFFPHONE is a winning solution. It will be made tinier and cheaper than disease detection solutions currently, consume little power, and most importantly, it will enable immediate and early diagnosis that is both accurate and non-invasive,” says Prof. Haick. “Early diagnosis can save lives, particularly in life-threatening diseases such as cancer.”

June 25, 2015 Lassonde Students Share their Experiences at the Lassonde-Technion Summer Program

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Lassonde student, Amal Dave returned from the Lassonde-Technion Summer Program in Israel. Each year, a group of Lassonde students travel to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for a three-week intensive entrepreneurship program. This was Amal’s first trip to Israel.

“Why would you go to Israel? Are you out of your mind?” The questions were becoming repetitive every time I mentioned to someone where I was going for the summer. It’s funny how people perceive a place or a thing just by hearing about it. If I hadn’t spoken to people who went there last summer, even I would have been reluctant to go on this trip, but I am glad I did, because it was a life-changing experience one could never forget.

Israel is a country that would make you think about faith and satisfy your eyes with its spectacular sights. The beaches are beautiful, the markets are adventurous, and there are flowers everywhere. From the church in Jerusalem to the beaches in Tel Aviv to the breathtaking sight at Masada, the cultural diversity and the lovely scenery will put your mind at peace.

The reason we went there though was not its beauty. “How is it that Israel – a country of 7.1 million, only sixty years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources – produces more start-up companies than countries ten times more powerful than it?” The question was raised in the book “Start-Up Nation-The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. The answer is not a two- or three-page report; the answer lies in the heart of Israel, in its culture and in the way people dream. They dream it, and they do it.

Over these three weeks, we learned how to be an entrepreneur. We learned to be business people from experts in that field. It’s like learning magic from Albus Dumbledore, straight from the horse’s mouth. We visited various start-up companies and met many CEOs, stunned by their simplicity and passion for their work. No one cared about wearing formal clothes or working in a fancy workplace; all they cared about was their company and the people they worked with. All they cared about was their dream. This is one reason Israel is ahead of other nations: people dream big and they believe in their dreams. And, if they fail, they dream again.

Supported and guided by the best and the oldest academic institution in the country, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, we achieved goals we never thought we could and discovered our hidden potential. We learned a great deal, but the most valuable lesson we learned was teamwork. We were a group of 24 students and, within three weeks, we became a family. We lived together, ate together, got late together (sometimes it was only me), we learned together. We formed companies and came up with some amazing ideas within a short time, which was commendable to say the least. The country does have some magic, for I am sure it wouldn’t have been the same anywhere else.

IMG_1587We visited three cities and each was different and amazing in its own way. Haifa is split in three levels, the lower centre of commerce and industry, including the port of Haifa, the middle level on the slopes of Mount Carmel, while the upper level includes modern infrastructure with breathtaking views. Tel Aviv is known for its sexy beaches and vibrant nightlife. The waterfront is lined with various shops and restaurants. The markets of Jaffa in Tel Aviv scream its ancient traditions and cultures. Jerusalem is just out of this world, no words are enough to describe the Holy Land. The Monastery of the Cross would make you stare at every fresco forever and still not get enough of it. Bargaining is something you need to be good at if you ever plan to shop in Israel.

Those three weeks in Israel were probably the best of my life so far. We saw some amazing sights, we learned some very valuable lessons, and we formed some bonds that will last a lifetime. I wish everyone got a chance to experience something as beautiful as this at least once. It might seem otherwise, but life is short and opportunities like these don’t knock on your door frequently.

I miss it now. I miss being with those people; I miss the heat; I miss the hummus; I miss Israel. Things were real in Israel.


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Students Patricia Dhup and Akhil Khurana represented the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in a recent interview with Radio Voice, a south Asian radio station in the GTA.
Patricia is a Geomatics Engineering student who is also a member of the Student Welcome and Support Centre team, while Akhil is a first year Mechanical Engineer and a Lassonde Scholar.Both Patricia and Akhil were part of the group of Lassondians who travelled to Israel this summer to take part in a three-week intensive entrepreneurship program at Technion- Israel Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University.CLICK HERE to listen to the recording of the interview broadcast last week.

Patricia and Akhil spoke about their experiences in Israel and their life as Lassonde students, as well as their excitement for the future with the School’s new home opening in the summer.