Weizmann Canada mourns the loss of dear friend and generous benefactor Joseph Lebovic Z”L, O.C., C.M., PHD, who passed away on May 1, 2021.
Joseph Lebovic was born in Czechoslovakia and is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. Joe immigrated to Canada in 1949 with his father, a sawmill operator, and brother Wolf. In 1953 they established Lebovic Enterprises Ltd. — building homes, high rises, condominiums and industrial buildings.
Together, the Lebovic family has been a driver of economic growth and community development in Toronto and Ontario for over 60 years. Their commitment to the community includes monumental gifts supporting health care, education and research.
Among their many distinctions, in 2019, Joseph and Wolf were recognized with the nation’s highest honour — being inducted as Members of the Order of Canada for their notable leadership and philanthropy.
Within the Weizmann community, Joseph and his brother Wolf generously supported vital projects in pursuit of excellence and creativity, including an innovative start-up in Biomedical Research and leading-edge exploration in Neuroscience and Climate Change.
Our community has lost a great visionary who will be missed by the entire Weizmann family – both here and in Israel. May his memory be a blessing.