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Top Israeli university award for city businessman Levy

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MOSES (Moe) Levy, a longtime Winnipeg entrepreneur, civil servant, university lecturer and philanthropic executive, is this year's recipient of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's highest honour -- a Scopus Award.

The award will be presented to Levy at a gala to be held May 13 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is scheduled to open to the public next September.

The Winnipeg Chapter of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) said Levy is being honoured for his dedication and leadership in fostering medical research and business innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as his extensive professional career and commitment to promoting human rights.

"Manitoba has benefited enormously from Moe's dedicated and strategic philanthropic focus, as demonstrated by his successful career in both Jewish and general communities," CFHU Winnipeg chapter president Margaret Shuckett said in a written statement.

Levy, who was born in Bombay and immigrated to Canada in 1968, is a University of Manitoba graduate who began his career in government and rose through the ranks to become a managing partner in Manitoba's Industry, Trade and Tourism Department. A longtime lecturer at the U of M's Asper School of Business, he also played a key role in creating the school's Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship (now the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship).

Levy was also president and CEO of one of Canada's largest retail catalogue companies -- the Canadian Heritage Company -- and has served as executive director of the Asper Foundation since 1999.

He worked closely with the late Israel (Izzy) Asper in spearheading the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and has since focused his energy on ensuring that dream becomes a reality.

"Moe is a remarkable individual and we are very grateful for his many years of tireless dedication to the Asper Foundation," said Izzy Asper's daughter, Gail Asper, who is also a member of the Hebrew University's board of governors.

"The Scopus gala is an opportunity to celebrate someone whose quiet yet energetic leadership, creativity and collaboration have enhanced the lives of so many people," she added.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2014 B9

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Updated on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:02 PM CST: Clarifies the award will be presented to Levy at a gala to be held May 13.

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