Peter Brojde
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Peter Brojde was born on February 12, 1945 in Moscow, the youngest of three sons of WWII Jewish resistance heroes Leopold Trepper and Luba Brojde. The Trepper-Brojde family moved to Poland after the war, where Peter eventually enrolled at the Warsaw Polytechnical Institute. There, he became a leading member of Club Babel, a Jewish student organization, where he met Anna, whom he married in 1967. He graduated from the Institute with a Masters degree in solid-state physics in 1969.

With the worsening political and economic climate in Poland, especially for Jews, Peter was denied a job working for the university. Furthermore, the government accused members of Club Babel of instigating unrest among Polish students.

Thus Peter and Anna Brojde fled Poland to start a new life in Canada. In 1974, Peter co-founded Micom Data Systems, which was acquired by Philips N.V. in 1979. As vice-president of R&D at Philips until 1984, Peter managed the product development area, generating over $1 billion dollars in revenues.

In 1984, Peter, together with his brother-in-law Maks Wulkan and another colleague at Philips, co-founded Eicon Technology Corporation, a pioneer in innovative computer and network connectivity. The company grew under Peter's leadership as President and CEO from 3 employees to 700 employees in 70 countries around the world, and ranked fourth largest among Canadian software manufacturers.

Peter received numerous awards for his contributions to the high-tech industry sector. In 1995, he received the Canadian Advanced Technology Association award for Leadership in the Private Sector, and Eicon Technology received the Canada Export Award for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing outstanding success in the international market. Peter was honoured at the Gala du Commerce, an event that highlights the merit and professional success of major personalities in the Quebec business world. In 2001, he received a fellowship from the Canadian Academy of Engineers.

Peter was a generous donor to many noble causes, particularly those that helped to support the Jewish community in Montreal.

Peter died in 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Anna Brojde and their children, Ari and Karen, established the Peter Brojde Award for Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University in his memory as a symbol of his ethic of personal and business success through hard work, perseverance and community involvement. Peter Brojde's guiding principles have now found further expression in the establishment of the Peter Brojde Center for Innovative Engineering and Computer Science at the Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.