Vivian Bercovici served as Canada’s Ambassador to Israel from 2014-16 and in a short time established herself as a strong, articulate and forceful commentator and leader on Israeli politics, foreign policy relationships and the business environment. Israel is surging globally as a technology and cyber power and global business communities and governments are under pressure to understand how to access Israeli talent and markets.
Appointed by staunchly pro-Israel Canadian PM Stephen Harper, she challenged the institutional biases of the Canadian foreign policy establishment, and developed exceptional ties with global foreign policy experts, politicians and business leaders in Israel, the U.S. and Israel. Her views on complex geopolitical, business and communications issues are valued highly by many corporate and political opinion makers. With her varied experience, including 25 years of legal practice in Toronto, Canada, advising major media outlets and major financial services companies, and, on the margins, as a journalist, newspaper columnist, political operative and adjunct professor, Vivian electrifies a room with passion, hard analysis and entertaining vignettes.
A dual Canadian-Israeli national, Vivian resides in Tel Aviv and is engaged in consulting to North American businesses regarding technology and cyber solutions in Israel, public speaking and writing for various magazines and newspapers. She is writing a hard-hitting book examining the political treatment of Israel by western democracies and multilateral forums, with an expected release date in 2018.
Vivian is the mother of two young adult women, one living in Toronto and the other in Israel.