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Dr. Henri Rothschild is Keynote speaker at inaugural event of new Jewish Business Network for Students

By Rhonda Spivak, October 12, 2010

On October 19, 2010, Jewish students are welcome to  hear Dr. Henri Rothschild, who will be the Keynote speaker at  the inaugural event of the Winnipeg chapter of the Jewish Business Network [JBN]  This event  (which is just for students)will be held at the Fairmont Hotel at 7:00 pm, free of charge .

Rothschild, is currently President & CEO of three strategic and complementary Science and Technology  organizations in Canada’s system of innovation: Precarn, an appointment in 2009; International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP Canada), an organization he helped to create in 2007; and the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF), which he has managed since its inception in 1994.

Rothschild has been very involved in the incubation of Israeli High Tech Start-ups.

The JBN started last year as an initiative by Jewish Business Students at York Univeristy, hoping to bring change to the business world as we know it. The JBN is a student organization that seeks to foster and educate the future leaders of tomorrow. The purpose of the JBN is to provide business students with the opportunity to network with one another while learning Jewish principles relating to business.

The JBN will achieve its purpose in a variety of ways including, social events, seminars led by prominent Jewish figures in the business world, social responsibility initiatives, and interactive classes pertaining to Judaism.

Membership is open to students who care about Jewish values and principles in the business world. Members will also have access to exclusive Internship opportunities and a trip to New York, where students were able to meet Jewish business leaders that demonstrated the link between having strong Jewish values and success in the business world. To receive these perks, members are required to attend 6 classes based on a preset curriculum promoting Jewish values and ethics and relating it back to the business world.

Prior to  the  founding of  CIIRDF, Dr. Rothschild held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities associated with the management and commercialization of research, reaching the level of Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology, and later Chief Scientist at Industry Canada.

Dr. Rothschild has served as director of the University of Toronto’s Innovation Foundation where he was interim President and CEO from 1998 to 1999, Canadian member of the scientific delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) 1974-81, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the International Human Frontiers Science Program, as well as having held leading positions in many other international organizations such as the OECD. In December 1999, Dr. Rothschild was the recipient of the 10th Anniversary Medal of the International Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), an award presented at the White House.

Dr. Rothschild has a Bachelor of Science from the Université de Montréal, and a Masters and PhD of Science from Purdue University.

For more information about the JBN or to sign up visit or contact JBN @ Winnipeg

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