MILES S. NADAL TO RECEIVE HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE FROM TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
June 07, 2012
CANADIAN BORN, INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR AND PHILANTHROPIST HONORED
FOR COMMITMENT TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY
During this year's Board of Governors meeting, Tel Aviv University will confer its highest honor, Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, on Miles S. Nadal, Founder, Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners Inc., one of the world’s largest marketing and communications companies.
Mr. Nadal is a leading global businessman who has become successful through innovation, creativity and passion for his work. He is being honored for his commitment to higher education, both as a benefactor and guest lecturer at universities across North America; and his sponsorship of innovation, community and enterprise in Israel.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 7 at the Tel Aviv University Campus. Mr. Nadal joins the prestigious ranks of other Canadians who have received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University, such as Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, businessman and philanthropist Edgar Bronfman, and Canadian-Israeli architect and developer David Azrieli.
Helping young entrepreneurs succeed at home and abroad
Himself a renowned and successful entrepreneur, Mr. Nadal is committed to nurturing the young entrepreneurial spirit. Through his generous support of Junior Achievement and York University's Schulich School of Business he has funded countless scholarships for students who wish to become the great entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Now, Nadal has pledged to build the Miles S. Nadal Institute for Technological Entrepreneurship at Tel Aviv University, which aims to provide support for students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial ventures related to research and development on campus.
Prof. Eran Rabani, Vice President for Research and Development at Tel Aviv University, praised the new initiative: "We are thrilled to welcome Miles Nadal into the TAU family. Tel Aviv University is known for its innovation and groundbreaking research, and with the support of a world-renowned entrepreneur Miles Nadal, our researchers will be able to reach even greater heights. Added TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter, "Mr. Nadal's drive for innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as his personal success story, will provide a wonderful example for our researchers and for our supporters."
Working through Ramot, Ltd. The Technology Transfer Company of Tel Aviv University, The Miles S. Nadal Institute for Technological Entrepreneurship will provide invaluable tools to promising young businessmen in the field of technology through funding for applied research and development, enterprise workshops and mentoring forums and business plan competitions.
Tel Aviv University is Israel’s largest, most comprehensive and most sought-after institute of higher learning. One of only two Israeli universities independently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for the impact of its research, TAU’s innovations and discoveries are cited more often by the global scientific community than all but 10 other universities.
Internationally recognized for its interdisciplinary approach and the scope and groundbreaking nature of its research and scholarship, Tel Aviv University consistently produces work with profound implications for the future.
"I was drawn to Tel Aviv University’s vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit and incredible technological and academic leadership," said Mr. Nadal. “I see amazing potential in the University’s brilliant young academics and pioneering research and I am honored to play a part in furthering their success. Through the Institute for Technological Entrepreneurship I look forward to supporting and helping to develop the next generation of leaders.”
Dedication to philanthropy
In addition to his business acumen, Mr. Nadal is known worldwide for his dedication to communities. His philanthropic endeavors range from education and health care to entrepreneurship and projects for disadvantaged youth.
Some of his projects include York University's Miles S. Nadal Management Center and the Miles S. Nadal Jewish Community Center in downtown Toronto; and recently the Miles and Kelly Nadal Youth Center for the Boys & Girls Club of Canada, which provides a safe space for teens. He is a major supporter of the US-based Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation and Harlem RBI, which uses the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams, as well as of Grassroots Soccer and Kids in Need of Desks (K.I.N.D.).
In addition to his latest project at Tel Aviv University, Nadal has also supported various projects in Israel, including the Miles S. Nadal & Family Environmental Community, part of the Jewish National Fund’s Canada Park in the Ayalon Valley, and the Miles and Kelly Nadal and Family Laboratory for Research in Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute.