Technion Canada held its 2014 Annual General Meeting on Sunday November 23rd. Guest speakers were Dr. Janusz Kozinski, Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University and Dr. Lior Gepstein, Professor of Physiology and Medicine (Cardiology) at the Technion's Faculty of Medicine. A special presentation was made to Harry Sheres, in recognition of his long standing support of Technion.
On Thursday, October 30, 2014 ELTE Interiors sponsored the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of its Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Collection. ICCI Committee Members, Ken and Renee Metric kindly donated the proceeds of the evening to the Technion-UHN International Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation Project. With over 400 of Toronto's prominent interior designer community in attendance, a wonderful time was had by all.
ReWalk™, invented by Dr. Amit Goffer, a Technion graduate, is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk. The ReWalk™ Personal is currently available with FDA Clearance in the United States, CE Mark in Europe (including Turkey) and is licensed to sell in Canada. A special thank you to sponsors Bistro Grande and Stone Tile International Inc. and to Global TV’ and Liem Vu for the outstanding coverage they provided of the event.
Technion Professor Boaz Golany, Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development, amazed the crowd and highlighted the inspirational and life changing innovations that the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology and its graduates have developed and are currently marketing worldwide. Thank you to our friends at Darchei Noam.
On July 16th Prof. Lavie met with Dr. Arvind Gupta, President of the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. Following the visit Prof. Lavie travelled to Calgary where he spent the day meeting with academics, business leaders and members of the Calgary Jewish Community. His first meeting was at the University of Calgary (UoC) where the discussion focused on possible research collaborations between the two universities. Prof. Lavie then attended a dinner at the Calgary JCC where was introduced to a select group of 25 individuals who had expressed an interest in learning more about Technion and in meeting Prof. Lavie. After dinner the community at large were invited to a presentation by Prof. Lavie “From Jaffa Oranges to Semiconductors: The Story of Israeli’s Hi Tech Revolution" which was very warmly received. On the following day, July 17th Prof. Lavie attended a breakfast meeting with the President of Lumber Corp and two professors (one from UoC the other from the University of Alberta). He then visited the UoC Faculty of Medicine where he met with the Dean and a number of faculty members to discuss facilitating collaboration opportunities between the two schools. Prof. Lavie and a group from the Jewish, business and academic communities of Calgary were then the guests of Mr. Jack Mintz at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Prof. Lavie was the guest speaker and he spoke on “World Class Universities – Key to Knowledge Economy”. The luncheon presented an opportunity to establish some new relationships and to network. Before leaving Calgary Prof. Lavie met with Husky Energy CEO Mr. Asim Gosh. As Prof. Lavie summarized the visit “…it provided an excellent exposure to the Technion in the local community.”
The Technion Canada Generation NEXT Mission to Israel brought together a select group of emerging young leaders from across Canada. Traveling throughout Israel, participants engaged in a truly memorable Israel experience, exploring Jerusalem's Old City, listening to speakers on a variety of current political, social and economic issues, enjoying the Tel Aviv nightlife, and much more. The participants visited Haifa at the time of the Technion Board of Governors’ Meetings and Program. They saw the vibrant life of the Technion campus, met with the brilliant faculty and students and participated in hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories. Participants now can understand the Technion connection with leading high-tech firms across the country, which are fashioning Israel’s 21st century economy.
With 225 in attendance, Technion Canada and the U of T CREMS Medical program welcomed, Dr. Karl Skorecki, Annie Chutick Professor in Medicine (Nephrology) Director, Rappaport Research Institute Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Director, Medical and Research Development, Rambam Health Care Campus. Dr. Skorecki is a world renowned genetic researcher whose groundbreaking work uncovered the genetic history of the Jewish people. He discussed the "Jewish gene" as well as the breakthroughs in stem cell therapies that are being developed at the Technion under his guidance. Judith and Stephen Kauffman and Honey and Barry Sherman were honoured for their on-going support of the partnership between Technion and the University of Toronto. It is exchanges and programs like these that strengthen the bond between Canada and Israel.
Prof. Ciechanover was invited to Montreal to be the guest speaker at the 2014 Andrew F. Holmes Dean of Medicine Distinction Lecture. The Holmes Lecture is a newly launched program based on the original Foundations of Medical Science. The evening before, Prof. Ciechanover and the Technion Canada leadership in Montreal were the dinner guests of Stephanie and David Azrieli at the Sofitel Hotel. This was followed by a small gathering graciously hosted by Viviane Amar. The 2014 Wolf Prize winner, McGill Professor Nahum Sonenberg introduced Prof. Ciechanover who shared his life story and it's parallel to the development of the State of Israel.
On November 28, 2013, the Mifgash-UJA Israeli Program sponsored an incredible event at the Reisman-Schwartz Jewish Community Centre with Technion Professor Lior Gepstein. Prof. Gepstein, of the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, has discovered a way to create beating heart cells using human skin cells reprogrammed to become stem cells. The discovery could make it possible to clinically repair damaged human hearts. Prof. Gepstein takes skin cells from heart failure patients and reprograms them to transform into healthy, new heart muscle cells capable of integrating with existing heart tissue. The research opens up the prospect of treating heart failure patients with their own, human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to repair their damaged hearts. Dr. Gepstein was in Toronto to discuss the amazing new UHN-McEwen-Munk Centre-Technion Partnership in Cardiovascular Innovation.
The Economic Club of Canada hosted a large crowd at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Toronto for a luncheon, where Prof. Boaz Golany, VP External Relations and Resource Development, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology was the Guest Speaker. His presentation was entitled: Entrepreneurial Universities and their Global Economic Impact. Thank you to Consul General or the State of Israel, DJ Schneeweiss for his in depth introduction. The event was incredibly well received, the food delicious and the ambiance warm and friendly.
Technion Vice President of External Affairs and Resource Development, Prof. Boaz Golany visited Montreal on Monday October 28, 2013. He had several private meetings during the day and in the evening he met with a small of people - some who were hearing about Technion and its global presence for the first time while others were "kvelling" over its recent accomplishments.
Technion Canada was proud to host Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, our Vice President, External Relations and Resource Development, Prof. Boaz Golany for the launch of our Technion Canada Alumni Cluster. The event brought out over 50 Technion Alumni and 40 of Technion Canada Generation NEXT Young Leaders. If you are a Technion Alumnus and are interested in becoming more involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over 75 in attendance, Technion Canada and friends welcomed Dr. Boaz Golany to Toronto for his third visit. A special thanks to our hosts Sheldon Drebin and Dina Theodoropoulos who opened their lovely home and provided a wonderful venue with a warm atmosphere. All in attendance were treated to a wonderful array of hors d'ouevres and exciting speeches.
Technion Professor Mark Talesnick was the guest speaker at Concordia University. He spoke in the afternoon to faculty from the Concordia Centre for Engineering in Society of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science and then in the evening to larger audience made up students, faculty and Technion Canada supporters. His presentations focused on the global perspective on engineering in which he described activities in three realms: real life engineering (Engineers Without Borders); engineering education (engineering for developing communities); and institutionalization (UNESCS Unitwin Program). Together they make up the newly-formed Center for Global Engineering at the Technion in Israel. Photos courtesy of Concordia University
On Saturday Evening October 5th, Technion Canada held a special event hosted by Ms. Sylvia Benchimol of Stone Tile International in Toronto. With over fifty in attendance, guests were treated to a very special security briefing and wonderful hors d’oeuvres and desserts. We sincerely thank Sylvia and Stone Tile for their hospitality.
On Monday September 9, an intimate engagement was held at the Fantasy Land Hotel in Edmonton to hear about the latest Technion innovations. Past President, Arnie Recht wowed the assembled with his knowledge of the Technion and especially his insights Technion\'s contribution to Israeli\'s aerospace industry.
ReWalk™ is a bionic walking assistance system, utilising powered leg attachments to enable paraplegics to stand upright, walk, and climb stairs. It was developed by Dr. Amit Goffer, an electrical engineering graduate from Technion University and manufactured by Israel\'s ARGO Medical Technologies Inbal Pezaro, an eight time Israeli Paralympic medalist in swimming was recently in Montreal to compete in the IPC Swimming World Championships, where she won a silver medal (she’s also won two gold medals at previous World Championships. On August 28th Inbal was the guest of Montreal’s Generation NEXT at an event at the home of Edie and Stephan Ouaknine The ReWalk™ technology is helping Inbal, who became paralyzed in her lower limbs at the age of three months, to walk long distances, and even climb certain types of steps.
An intimate luncheon was held the Sofitel Golden Mile Hotel in celebration of David Azrieli\'s 90th Birthday. Technion VP Prof. Boaz Golany brought greetings from Technion and noted that it was a particularly special occasion as both Mr. Azrieli and the Technion were celebrating major milestones - the Technion\'s Corner Centennial and Mr. Azrieli\'s 90th Birthday.
The Toronto-Technion High Tech Fund (TTT) welcomed Technion VP, Dr. Boaz Golany to speak about the Technion\'s latest breakthroughs. The TTT was established in 1989 to assist Technion expand and enhance its technology transfer and commercialization capabilities. The funds provided by the TTT helped the Technion Incubator grow into one of Israel\'s most successful. More than 20 projects have been seeded with funds received from TTT. Technion regards the TTT model as a very novel, effective, efficient and supportive mechanism to stimulate commercialization, incubator and start-up activities linked to Technion researchers.
Canada\'s Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty spent the first week in February in Israel holding meetings with their Israeli counterparts and reaffirming Canadian support for the Jewish state. During the time he was there, Finance Minister Flaherty visited the Technion and met with Technion President, Professor Peretz Lavie.
The Canadian Technion Society\'s Generation NEXT presents: Professor Shlomo Maital at the Infamous, Dr. Laffa. With over 50 in attendance, the Young Leadership division of the CTS, Generation NEXT was treated to a wonderful, warm and delicious meal and interesting discussion with Shlomo. Shlomo Maital is the Academic Director of TIM-Technion Institute of Management, Israel\'s leading executive leadership development institute and a pioneer in action-learning methods. He was summer Visiting Professor for 20 years in MIT Sloan School of Management\'s Management of Technology M.Sc. program, teaching over 1,000 R&D engineers from 40 countries. He is the author co-author or editor of 8 books, including Innovation Management (Sage, 2007); Executive Economics (The Free Press), translated into seven languages, and Managing New Product Development & Innovation. He is co-editor of a new journal, International Journal of Technology &Innovation Management Education. He was co-founder of SABE-Societyfor Advancement of Behavioral Economics. He has published over 100 scholarly articles in refereed journals. He has written guest editorials for Barron\'s, and writes regular columns for The Marker (Haaretz business daily) and Jerusalem Report (fortnightly). He served as Director of the National & Economic Planning Authority, Economics Ministry, Government of Israel. He has taught managers from 200 Israeli companies. His research currently focuses on profit-driven innovation -- how to combine creativity and discipline to achieve marketplace success. A special thanks to Yoram, Sasa, Eyal and all of the staff! Truly Superb!
The first Generation NEXT Mission to Israel took place in November 2011. The group of young leaders spent several days at the Technion, meeting students and faculty. They also visited IAI, Better Place and the Elite Chocolate Factory where Technion Graduates have made their mark.They were welcomed by Dana and David Azrieli at the Azrieli Towers and experienced the spiritualism of Jerusalem and the energy of Tel Aviv.
This year\'s guest lecturer for the 2001 Annual Blankstein Lecture in Architecture and Town Planning was world-renowned Canadian architect, Raymond Moriyama. Moriyama gave a stirring two hour presentation followed by a question and answer period at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on the evening of Wednesday November 23. In front of a packed auditorium of more than 350 students, faculty members and special guests, Mr. Moriyama detailed his architectural design work in many of the world\'s nations.
Dr.Victor Chernov shared his passion for Rocket Science with the grade 10 students of Herzliah High School.Dr. Chernov also described the outstanding summer SciTech Program that 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. The program brings together outstanding students from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Israel and elsewhere..
Eric Levy and Heenan Blaikie hosted a group of Generation NEXTers at a luncheon. The Guest speakers were Dr. Victor Chernov, Technion Aerospace Engineering graduate and Lyon Sachs Post Doctoral fellow at the U of T; Scott Woodrow, founder and General Partner of Lions Peak Capital Corporation, a Canadian investment firm with a focus on Israeli technologies and a National Board Member of the Canadian Technion Society; Hershel Recht, National Development Director of the Canadian Technion Society.
On March 31, 2011 over 250 young professionals gathered together for the inaugural Toronto Generation NEXT event. The Guest Speaker was one of Canada\'s most influential businessman and philanthropists, Seymour Schulich C.M. Mr. Schulich discussed his personal story and why he believes the future of Israel is dependent upon the graduates of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The President of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Dr. Peretz Lavie gave a luncheon talk 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\"
Dr. Victor Chernov, spoke to a gathering from the Jewish Community of Barrie at Jackson\'s Toyota on Sunday February 20th. He shared his own personal story of coming to Israel from the FSU and how his dream of becoming a rocket scientist was realized through his studies at the Technion. He is now doing post doctoral work at the University of Toronto as a Lyon Sachs Post Doc Fellow. Dr. Chernov\'s presentation enthralled both young and old.
The Canadian Technion Society Goes West! In a first step in raising Technion\'s profile from coast to coast and illuminating the vital role that Technion\'s breakthroughs play in the lives of not only Israelis, but all mankind, Dr. Victor Chernov, accompanied by CTS National Development Director, Hershel Recht visited Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg and Vancouver this past November. Dr. Chernov, received his B.Sc.in 2002, M.Sc.in 2005, and Ph.D. in 2010, all from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. At present he is doing post doctoral work in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, as the Lyon Sachs Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Chernov shared his personal story of coming to Israel from the FSU and his research at Technion in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
CREMS is meant to be a unique research program in Canada that allows interested University of Toronto medical students to gain extracurricular research experience in various structured programs without interrupting their medical studies. A 20-month longitudinal program was established where participants receive formal recognition for successful completion. Technion and The University of Toronto have just concluded the first successful exchange. On October 6, 2010 an dinner was held to celebrate this first exchange. The dinner was hosted by Gary Goldberg, National President of the Canadian Technion Society and Professor Catherine Whiteside, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto at the University of Toronto Faculty Club.