Naomi Azrieli, donor
Officer of the Order of Canada
“For her leadership in business and for contributing to health care, science, education and the community through her family’s foundation.”
As the chair of the Azrieli Foundation, Naomi Azrieli facilitated a landmark $5-million gift to Concordia in 2011 to establish the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies. A first in Canada, the multidisciplinary centre has since become a respected global hub for research and scholarship on the State of Israel.
Since 2002, Azrieli has helped her family charity become the largest public foundation in Canada and honoured the philanthropic legacy of her late father, David Azrieli, LLD 75, a key builder of Concordia.
Through the Azrieli Foundation she has led a number of impactful programs and partnerships, such as the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program with Brain Canada; the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program; the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre and the Azrieli Centre for Neuro-Radiochemistry, both at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research at the Montreal Neurological Institute; and the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.