David B. Sela’s Biography
David Sela is the living proof that business and arts can live in harmony and lead to fruitful and exceptional results.
A well-known and respected figure in the business and cultural sectors, David Sela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bar-Ilan University in Israel as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McGill University and HEC Paris.
David Sela began his business career in 1983 as Sales Manager for a Montréal-based company specialized in the export of forest products and he founded his own pulp and paper trading company, Copap Inc., in Montréal in 1989. Composed of companies exclusively dedicated to the marketing and distribution of pulp and paper products throughout the world, Copap has rapidly become one of the major companies involved in the purchase, sale, stocking and distribution of pulp and paper, with offices and affiliated companies in Canada, the United States, France, Brazil and China. Copap’s annual sales have grown rapidly and now total close to 250 million dollars.
In addition to being a successful and influential business entrepreneur, David Sela is a respected violinist and choir singer, who has played and sung with many orchestras, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Métropolitain, I Musici de Montréal and L’Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris. He fluently speaks eight languages.
David Sela sits on the boards of directors of several organizations, including I Musici de Montréal, of which he is Chairman, Institut canadien d’art vocal, Jeunesses musicales du Canada, Orchestre de la francophonie and PlaNet Finance Canada. He also is “Ambassadeur” of the Université de Montréal’s symphony orchestra and a director of several major cultural and philanthropic institutions in Canada, the USA and Europe.